Solutions Center Addresses Asia Clean Energy Forum Audiences

20 June 2014
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Solutions Center representatives led an Asia Clean Energy Forum panel discussion that explored the impact and value of Solutions Center services.

Two Sessions Focused on Renewable Energy Policy Best Practices, Solutions Center Services

The Clean Energy Solutions Center presented during two sessions at the Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF), which was held 16-20 June 2014, in Manila, Philippines.

On 17 June, Solutions Center representative Dr. Ian Lloyd of the U.S. Department of Energy led a panel discussion about the unique services offered by the Solutions Center with the following expert panelists:

  • Kavita Rai, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
  • Steve Sawyer, Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC)
  • Eric Gibbs, Collaborative Labeling and Standards Program (CLASP)
  • Steve Kukoda, International Copper Association (ICA)
  • Mark Radka, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • Jaquelin Cochran, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

The panel discussed examples of high-impact policy assistance delivered through the Solutions Center Ask an Expert service and how the Solutions Center can help governments and their affiliates implement clean energy policies and programs. They also examined how the high-impact work of this Clean Energy Ministerial initiative is helping shape clean energy policies and programs, and advance the deployment of clean energy technologies.

On 20 June, Dr. Cochran gave an informative presentation based on the soon-to-be-published Solutions Center report, “Breaking Down the Barriers: A Policymaker’s Guide to Definitions and Innovations in Renewable Energy Policy.” Through case studies and examples of lessons learned and good practices in renewable energy policy development, she examined conventional policy barriers, described an important shift in the renewable energy policy landscape, and explored how these shifts will open up new approaches for policymakers to solve distinct challenges they face.

More than 1,500 participants from 90 countries, representing a wide range of policymakers, project developers, investors and technical experts, attended ACEF presentations and workshops during the week. ACEF was hosted by the Asian Development Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the World Energy Council.