Clean Energy Policy News

3 July 2012
The Japanese government launched feed-in tariffs for solar, wind, and geothermal power this week. The payment incentives took effect on 1 July 2012, and are intended to help Japan transition to renewable energy sources, as it continues to reduce the use of nuclear power. According to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the tariff levels are set at 42 yen/kWh for solar (10KW or more); 23.1 yen/kWh for wind (20 KW or more); and 27.3 yen/kWh for geothermal power. The term of the incentives are 20 years for solar and wind, and 15 years for geothermal. Biomass and small hydroelectric installations are also covered by the new policy. The Ministry has set the feed-in tariff surcharge to consumers at .22 yen/kWh, estimating that the feed-in tariff will cost the average household 87 yen per month, or the equivalent of $1.09 USD per month. Learn more.
29 June 2012
During a recent summit held 25 - 27 June 2012, the energy ministers of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) agreed on regional targets for renewable energy and energy efficiency. Targets include significant energy-use reductions of 30%; high targets for renewable energy generation, both with and without large hydropower; universal energy access by 2030; and some technology specific goals. The Commissioner for Infrastructure, Ebrima Njie, stated that ECOWAS hopes to adopt the policy in the next High Level Energy Forum scheduled for 29 to 31 October 2012 in Accra, Ghana. Learn more.
28 June 2012
The Institute for Industrial Productivity (IIP) announced on 28 June 2012 that policies from Australia, China, India, Japan, the Netherlands, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States have been added to the IIP database Industrial Efficiency Policy Database. The database provides details about industrial efficiency and greenhouse gas mitigation policy, but also offers in-depth analysis based on IIP's 'Policy Pyramid.' Information about each policy includes time period; implementation support; and measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) regimes. The database also includes the data from the International Energy Agency on CO2 emissions and energy consumption in the industry sector. Learn more.
25 June 2012
At the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development last week, official delegations from 191 nations gathered to debate the future of sustainable development. The outcome document from the meeting, titled 'The Future We Want', recognized the role increasing the share of renewable energy and improving energy efficiency will play in the future of sustainable development. In support of the declaration, numerous governments have made voluntary commitments thus far in clean energy areas such as clean energy for agriculture, green electricity and transport, and finance for sustainable development. Learn more.
25 June 2012
The United Nations announced on 22 June 2012 that governments, the private sector, civil society, and other groups had committed over $513 billion USD to promote sustainable development at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. Learn more.
25 June 2012
The World Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, European Investment Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank issued a joint statement on 20 June 2012 in support of green growth and the sustainable development for all agenda. Targeting their message to the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, the multilateral development banks reaffirmed their commitment to "growth that is attained with a smaller environmental footprint, is inclusive, and achieves gains in opportunities and access to resources by all segments of the population to reduce income inequity". Learn more.
25 June 2012
United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban-ki Moon announced at the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development that more than 100 commitments have been made in support of the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative. The announcement highlighted the fact that more than 50 governments have reached out to the initiative to help create energy plans or programmes. Learn more.
25 June 2012
In support of the Rio+20 United Nations (UN) Conference on Sustainable Development, eight multilateral development banks have committed $175 billion to sustainable transportation. According to a UN press release, the eight organizations, including the World Bank, will help address the climate and safety issues surrounding transport that may cost up to 5 -10% of gross domestic product per year. Learn more.
11 June 2012
A host of new technologies is ready to transform the energy system, offering the potential to drastically reduce carbon emissions, enhance energy security and generate a huge investment return, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in its flagship energy technology publication launched in June 2012. Learn more.
11 June 2012
The 2012 edition of REN21's Renewables Global Status Report (GSR) was launched in June 2012 together with its sister publication UNEP's Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment (GTR). The findings in the 2012 GSR speak to the cumulating effect of steady growth in renewable energy markets, support policies and investment over the past years. Learn more.