29 Jul '13, 1pm

How Fit Are Feed-In Tariff Policies?

Given that the effects of energy efficiency measures tend to be offset by a greater energy consumption that comes with economic growth, these measures, while important, will not by themselves be sufficient to achieve major reductions in emissions – making the move toward cleaner energy a rising priority for climate change mitigation. Countries around the world, including most of those in Europe and Central Asia , have used various incentive programs to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy. The most popular is the feed-in tariff. Under a feed-in tariff policy, governments set prices (often at a premium) for different types of renewable power to compensate producers for the higher cost of producing clean energy. Utilities are then required to purchase power from renewable resources at this price—but have the option of either spreading the additional costs across the...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2013...

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