Policy & Regulation

The Populist Policy Problem

The forthcoming local and European elections are now less than two weeks away, and contending parties have been doggedly campaigning to increase their chances of securing seats both at home and in Brussels. One...

Factors that may make or break Kenya’s 5,000+MW power policy

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Japan Energy Policy Stops Short of Setting Renewables Targets

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government stopped short of setting goals for renewable energy in the final version of a draft plan that reinforces atomic power’s role in Japan’s energy future, calling it a vital source of generation.

US Lawmakers Urge Extension of Renewable Tax Credits

Several dozen members of the House of Representatives, mostly Democrats along with some Republicans, have urged House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to help extend the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) that benefits wind power.

Delaware’s Plan to Shepherd US Offshore Wind: Build Bridges

Offshore wind in the U.S. continues to find its sea legs: Cape Wind is tying off final funding, in a race with Deepwater to be the first to put steel in the water, while a number of pilot projects now await the Department of Energy's down-select to see who continues to get funding to progress their next phases. In the middle, where it sees a need to bring everyone's efforts, is a new group out of the U. of Delaware.

Wind Energy 2014 Outlook: Major Markets Recover, Battling Policy and Grid Concerns

Preliminary estimates suggest worldwide wind energy installations were 34-35 GW in 2013, "a substantial dropoff" from a record-setting 2012, according to Steve Sawyer, Secretary General of the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). In fact 2013 will have been the first time in nearly a decade where global demand contracted, almost entirely because of softness in demand in the U.S. and China, added Steen Broust Nielsen, partner with Make Consulting.

The Energy Bill Law has Now Come into Effect

On the 18th December 2013, The Energy Act received Royal Assent (in layman’s terms, this means the Queen has given it the go-ahead). This Act aims to clearly define a framework for secure,...

Solar Wins Over Investors, Strong Policy Still Elusive

The global solar market is “entering a new technology generation and a new market generation” according to Michael Geyer, business development boss at Spain’s Abengoa Solar.

Deepwater Says Offshore Wind Farm Will Meet Tax Credit Threshold

Deepwater Wind LLC, the renewable- energy developer planning wind projects off the U.S. Atlantic Coast, expects its Block Island Wind Farm to qualify for a federal tax credit that expires this year.

IEA: Feed-in Tariff Not a Subsidy, But Tax Credits Are

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has declared that feed-in tariffs are the principal driving force in the worldwide development of solar photovoltaics (solar PV). While possibly stating the obvious, it’s always good to see official confirmation of one’s own observations.