The IREG network has analyzed and supported renewable energy policy development in countries throughout the world (see highlighted countries in map below). In all of these projects, IREG members work closely with clients to identify risks and opportunities, craft innovative approaches to problem solving, and develop comprehensive strategies for managing complex markets. A recent selection of our projects is detailed here.
Global Energy Transfer Feed-in Tariff (GET FiT)
Client: DB Climate Change Advisors
Members of the IREG network served as a technical advisor to Deutsche Banks Climate Change Advisors’ landmark studies on international feed-in tariff design from an investor’s perspective and on the development of a global fund for feed-in tariffs in the developing world. The studies, Paying for Renewable Energy: TLC at the Right Price, and GET FiT Program: Global Energy Transfer Feed-in Tariffs for developing countries were published in December 2009 and April 2010, respectively.
International feed-in tariff rate setting model design
Client: National Renewable Energy Laboratory
The IREG network supported the development of a US feed-in tariff rate setting spreadsheet model and conducted an international survey of rate setting models and approaches, focusing on Germany, the Netherlands, Ontario, and US jurisdictions. The model will be posted online, accompanied by a forthcoming publication.
Global Policy Position Development
Client: SEMI PV Group
Members of the IREG network served as the technical advisor to the global semiconductor association’s photovoltaic division, the SEMI PV Group to develop a consensus solar energy policy position on feed-in tariffs based on international best practices. In addition, the IREG network also profiled 30 international solar feed-in tariffs in Africa, Asia, Australia and the Pacific, Europe, and North America. The findings were published in a white paper, Advancing a Sustainable Solar Future, in December 2009.
World Climate Summit – GET FiT Plus
Client: European Climate Foundation
On behalf the European Climate Foundation and DBCCA, IREG conducted further analysis on the GET FiT concept. The report, GET FiT Plus: De-Risking Clean Energy Business Models in a Developing Country Context, takes a public sector perspective of renewable energy finance. The project team organized a workshop side event at the World Climate Summit during the Cancun Climate Change conference (COP-16) and surveyed public donor countries, multi-lateral development banks, and economic development organizations to further develop the GET FIT concept
Saudi Sustainability Initiative
Client: UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office
IREG worked with the Global Strategic Studies Institute, led by Prince Faisal bin Turki Al-Faisal, to develop a feed-in tariff concept to rapidly scale-up private sector renewable energy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The concept was presented at a workshop supported by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Riyadh in December, 2010.
Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Feed-in Tariff design
Client: Inter-American Development Bank
IREG network members led an exploration of feed-in tariff design in the LAC region, including a survey of existing feed-in tariff policies and the development of proposed designs for Jamaica and Ecuador. The team benchmarked proposed designs against existing policies in Argentina, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Peru.
Trinidad and Tobago Renewable Energy Consultation Support
Client: Inter-American Development Bank
IREG network members provided technical assistance to the Government of Trinidad & Tobago in support of their renewable energy policy development and consultation process, including review of current and proposed policy framework.
Novia Scotia Feed-in Tariff Rate-Setting
Client: Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board
The IREG network assisted the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board with FIT rate-setting. The Canadian province plans to provide community-based FITs for specific technologies and retained IREG consultants to support the stakeholder process and determine appropriate rates and contract terms for the program.
Feed-in Tariffs Policy Support
Client: Rockefeller Brothers Fund
IREG provides facilitation services for a national feed-in tariff stakeholder workshop to identify common goals and strategic priorities. The team compiles background reports on US feed-in tariff regulatory proceedings (AZ, MT, NV, OR, VT, WI) and on the evolution of PV policies in Spain and Germany. In addition, the team provides coordination and technical assistance services to a network of organizations that are supporting and/or implementing feed-in tariff policies at the state and municipal levels.
Vermont Feed-in Tariff Regulations
Client: Renewable Energy Vermont
IREG members supported Vermont’s renewable energy industry group in its intervention in the regulatory process to design the state’s feed-in tariff, including developing and providing written and oral testimony in front of the Vermont Public Service Board.
Hawaii Feed-in Tariff Design
Client: Hawaii Electric Company
The IREG team supported the Hawaiian utilities’ feed-in tariff design process under the Hawaii Clean Energy Agreement Initiative. Among other things, IREG members helped facilitate a policy design workshop, benchmark the recommended feed-in tariff against international best practices, and draft a joint program plan proposal on behalf of HECO and the Consumer Advocate.
California Feed-in Tariff Design
Client: California Energy Commission
IREG supported the California Energy Commission’s (CEC) efforts to design a feed-in tariff as a means to meet California renewable energy goals. The team supported a stakeholder consultation process that resulted in a proposed feed-in tariff design for the state as well as conducted analyses of the financing implications of feed-in tariff design and on international rate setting methodologies. The results were published in a series of three reports: Exploring feed-in tariffs for California: Feed-in tariff design and implementation issues and options; California feed-in tariff design and policy options; and Feed-in tariff designs for California: Implications for project finance, Competitive Renewable Energy Zones, and data requirements.