Clean Energy Policy News
2 August 2012
The Stockholm Environment Institute released a major upgrade to its Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning (LEAP) software tool on 29 July. By integrating LEAP with the Water Evaluation and Planning (WEAP) system, the new version can now model the water-energy nexus. Other new features include improved optimization modeling, better modeling of environmental externalities, and other features. LEAP is a versatile software system for integrated energy planning and greenhouse gas mitigation assessment. The Stockholm Environment Institute provides governments, universities, and nonprofits in the developing countries, as well as students everywhere, free access to the program. Other interested entities can gain access by purchasing a licensing agreement. Learn more.
31 July 2012
The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) of the Philippines approved the payment levels for the country's first feed-in tariff regime on 27 July 2012. The tariff levels were set lower than those proposed by the National Renewable Energy Board 16 May 2011. The ERC said the especially significant reductions to the solar and wind tariff were due to the downward pricing trends those technologies have experienced since the initial proposal. The new regulation covers run-of-river hydropower, solar, wind, and biomass. Learn more.
31 July 2012
Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) Preps for 9th Funding Cycle Announcement »
The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) will issue its 9th Funding Cycle call for proposals in late August. Every 18-24 months REEEP issues a call for proposals to fund renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) projects. This funding cycle will focus on projects that address barriers to the uptake of RE and EE. Learn more.
31 July 2012
In a recently issued report, the International Energy Agency forecasts that renewable power generation will increase by at least 5.8% through 2017. The report attributes the increasing growth of renewables to continued supportive policy and increasing economic attractiveness. IEA expects around 40% of the growth in installed capacity to be in China. Learn more.
31 July 2012
The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) has issued its 9th call for proposals to support up to 30 projects intended to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy and/or energy efficiency technologies. The maximum funding per project is €150,000 to support five key areas: scaling up successful business models; supporting off-grid generation; harnessing clean energy in food production; employing clean energy in providing a reliable water supply; opening up energy data in emerging markets. Initial proposals are due 21 September 2012 with short-listed full proposals due 9 November 2012. Learn more.
18 July 2012
The International Energy Agency (IEA) convened a group of public and private sector energy experts in the Caspian region from 3 to 5 July to discuss clean energy technology and best practices. Representatives from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan were in attendance to discuss national and regional clean energy initiatives. Learn more.
3 July 2012
The International Energy Agency (IEA) recently released an interactive data visualization tool to complement the new book Energy Technology Perspectives 2012. This user-friendly infographic presents IEA's forecast for how the overall energy system could evolve from now to 2050. Learn more.
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
Economic Community of West African States' Energy Ministers Agree on Targets for Regional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Poilcy »
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
Institute for Industrial Productivity Adds Six New Countries to Industrial Efficiency Policy Database »
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.