IEA Report, Deploying Renewables 2011: Best and Future Policy Practice

I’m currently reading the new Deploying Renewables report. It is surprisingly accepting of renewables as mainstream, given that it’s coming from the IEA. Wow!! Just reading the executive summary, this chart caught my eye:

IEA Deploying Renewables 2011, Figure E.5

Don’t know why financing stops being important, I think if anything it becomes more important as you try to scale up, but otherwise, awesome chart for thinking about where a given market is on the adoption s-curve and where policy needs to be focused as a result.

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Joanna Gubman is a 2011-2012 recipient of the German Chancellor Fellowship for Prospective Leaders. She is spending her fellowship year at the German Solar Industry Association, BSW-Solar , exploring incentive and business model alternatives as the German market achieves grid parity. Previously, Gubman was a Managing Consultant in the Energy Efficiency group at Navigant Consulting. There she analyzed technologies and policies to improve energy efficiency, including analysis and implications of the CPUC Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan (net zero energy new buildings and widespread adoption of whole-house retrofits); identification & promotion of emerging technologies for utility energy efficiency incentive programs; and development of corporate sustainability initiatives. She also served as project manager for the California Sustainability Alliance. Gubman received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. You can find her online on LinkedIn , Twitter ( @JoannaGubman ), and xing , and via email at cleantech@alumni.stanford.edu . The views she expresses here and elsewhere are her own, and do not reflect those of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation or the German Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar).

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