Clean Energy Policy News

15 August 2012
The Institute for Industrial Productivity (IIP) has launched two new databases that provide easy access to information on industrial energy efficiency and financing programs. Learn more.
6 August 2012
The Polish Ministry of the Economy presented a draft version of the country's new renewable energy law on 27 July 2012. While leaving intact the preexisting quota system with green certificates - the country's main renewable energy support scheme - the proposed law modifies the number of green certificates per MWh depending on the technology. The law also introduces a feed-in tariff for small-scale renewables and aims to simplify renewable electricity connection. According to a statement from RES LEGAL, an EU-27 renewable energy law database, if the proposed law passes through two committees and Parliament, it will likely go into effect at the beginning of 2013. Learn more.
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 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.
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
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.
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.