The Feed-in Tariff is better than is commonly understood

Renewable Energy in the German 100% RE region Trier

Renewable Energy in the German 100% RE region Trier

The Feed-in Tariff (FiT) has proven to be the most successful policy for climate protection and sustainable development. As the cornerstone of overwhelming renewable energy development worldwide, it has resulted in significant greenhouse gas emission reductions, green jobs, revenues for governments and citizens and cost-competitive alternatives to harmful fossil fuels. Despite all that, the FiT is currently under attack. This is especially so in frontrunner country Germany, where the government has approved the phase out of the FiT through recent reform. But the Feed-in Tariff is a better policy than is commonly understood. [Read more →]

July 17, 2014   No Comments

Les TAGER en Afrique

L’Afrique fait face à une crise énergétique : la capacité de production actuelle n’arrive pas à satisfaire la demande croissante en électricité. L’électricité qui est nécessaire pour alimenter et faire croître l’économie, favoriser le développement local et s’attaquer au problème de la pauvreté urbaine et rurale n’existe tout simplement pas. En outre, les sources traditionnelles ne sont plus fiables, elles sont devenues inabordables d’un point de vue prix ou de plus en plus rédhibitoires.

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July 3, 2014   No Comments

German Renewable Energy Act Reform is not a “Feed-in Tariff 2.0”

German Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, source: dpa

Yesterday, the German cabinet approved the Renewable Energy Act Reform. The reform, referred to by some as the Feed-in Tariff 2.0 (FiT 2.0), was necessary: In the past few years, Feed-in Tariffs successfully boosted renewable energy deployment in the country. This sparked public and policy discussions around the grid development, market integration and financial instruments that would finally enable Germany to reach its policy target of 80% renewable electricity by 2050.

Unfortunately, the bill passed yesterday fails to address any of these questions. Instead, it strengthens the corporations and energy utilities that have failed to integrate renewables into their business model in the past decade. The following analysis shows why the reform cannot be considered FiT 2.0. [Read more →]

April 9, 2014   4 Comments