renewable energy policy Articles

  • Powering Renewable Programs: The Utility Perspective

    When considering how to build out a renewable energy portfolio, there are a lot of factors and many points of view to consider. For purposes of this narrative, we will take the point of view of the electric utility itself. Your electricity providers are quite familiar with the concept of a “smart grid.” According to the Department of Energy (DOE), a smart grid “generally refers ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Policy support for renewable energy continues to grow and evolve

    Throughout much of the world, support policies for renewable energy technologies have increased dramatically over the last decade. Historically, policy design has evolved from supporting research and development in the 1970s and 1980s to today’s focus on technology deployment and market development. Starting in the mid-2000s, deployment-focused policies have been enacted at a rapid pace, ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Capacity Building for Renewable Energy Promotion Policies and Measures

    Japan will undertake a training and information exchange program in cooperation with China and India to assist formulation of renewable energy promotion policies and measures in consideration of best-matched practices in both a national and local context. Training seminars are expected to be held once or twice a year, for a duration of one to two weeks, including site ...

  • Renewable energy technologies and climate change policies in India

    Fossil fuel use is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the primary cause of global climate change. India, with a large endowment of coal, has an energy system that is highly carbon intensive. Besides, large quantities of traditional biomass resources consumed for the energy needs of the vast rural population are exerting pressures on forests and village woodlots. Thus, the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Renewable energy and energy-saving initiatives in Greece: policy and experience

    Energy policy is a key issue for economic and environmental policies. Indeed, energy is an indispensable element for economic development while, on the other hand, it causes severe environmental problems. In this context, a pressure for using renewable energy resources and for energy saving has emerged and expanded in recent years. As a result, energy policy is being reoriented under the new ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Southeast energy policy briefs

    The World Resources Institute (WRI)—together with the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA), Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), and Southface—compiled high-level overviews of regional opportunities to enhance energy efficiency, develop renewable electric power resources, and manage water-energy ...

  • Urban energy policy design

    Over 60 per cent of global energy demand is consumed in cities, where roughly half of the world's population lives. Moreover, the urban population is expected to continue increasing rapidly due to growing urbanisation in emerging economies and developing countries, putting cities at the centre of the sustainable energy challenge. Cities can play an important role in the application of sustainable ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • A regional coordination framework for renewable energy policy in the European Union

    In order to have a transparent market for renewable electricity in the European Union (EU), it is necessary to track the flow of renewable electricity. With this in mind, the European Commission introduced a concept called 'Guarantee of Origin' in Directive 2001/77/EC. However, the principle of subsidiarity – that policy is made by the lowest competent authority – turned out to be in conflict ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Is the fit right? Considering technological maturity in designing renewable energy policy

    Recent studies suggest that the United States can greatly expand its deployment of renewable energy resources beyond current levels. This would reduce emissions of harmful pollutants and enhance energy security by diversifying the nation’s domestic energy supply. This brief describes a number of policy tools that can be employed to drive investment in renewable energy technologies and ...

  • Energy efficiency for sustainable development in Russia: renewables, new technologies and policy issues

    This paper assesses possible ways to efficient energy use for sustainable development in Russia. Based on the research of the Energy Institute (EnIn), Moscow, [1,2], analysis of different studies of the power sector in Russia is provided to generalise the state of the art in energy production, distribution and consumption, and technological innovations for renewable resources utilisation. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Renewable policy in a competitive environment: key issues

    This paper focuses on renewable policy and how the increasing number of renewable technologies can be integrated into liberalised markets for power generation and CO2 reduction options. Five key aspects regarding renewable energy sources have been identified and will be analysed: market conformity, compatibility with other policies, technological development, effectiveness and economic efficiency ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Renewable energy and energy efficiency in Bulgaria

    The interest in renewable energy sources (RESs) utilisation and energy efficiency improvement programmes in Bulgaria reflects the changes in the field of energy policy worldwide and in Europe. Now energy management becomes a great problem of inner policy of Bulgarian government. In the last few years there has been a growing attention to the RESs applications. Bulgaria has one of Southern ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Renewable energy certificates

    What are RECs? Renewable Energy Certifi cates (RECs), also known as “green tags,” “green certifi cates,” and “renewable energy credits,” are tradable instruments which can be used to meet voluntary renewable energy targets as well as to meet compliance requirements for renewable energy policies. A REC is a certifi cate that indicates the generation of one megawatt hour (MWh) of electricity from ...

  • Renewable energy technologies in Nepal

    Nepal, one of the least-developed countries, has a per capita energy consumption of about 336 kilograms of oil equivalent (kgoe), which is much below the world average of 1,474 kgoe. Around 85.27% of the total energy consumption comes from traditional energy resources and only 0.48% from renewable sources. About 40% of the total population has access to electricity. This 40% uses 33% from the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Renewable energy progress report

    What is the Renewable energy progress report and what is its purpose? The Renewable Energy Directive states that a progress report should be issued every two years. The purpose of this progress report is to assess Member States' progress in the promotion and use of renewable energy in line with the 2020 targets. In addition, it contains sections on ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • Energy and climate policy: colleagues or competitors?

    Forecasts and scenarios foresee increasing levels of energy consumption and CO2 emission. Even without strong interventionist policies, the CO2 growth rate may level off. The question is whether this slow-down will be in time from a climate perspective. A combination of early CO2 stabilisation in the OECD, Eastern Europe and the former USSR in combination with more expenditure on R&D might enable ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Net-zero energy: a case study on renewable energy and policy issues at Richardsville Elementary School, Kentucky

    Blazing the trail as the first net-zero energy school, Richardsville Elementary School, Kentucky produces as much renewable energy as it consumes. The high performance, LEED® Gold certified facility was opened in October 2010 for 550 students. Key elements included insulated concrete form-walls, geothermal HVAC systems with decentralised and distributive pumps, active day-lighting with light ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The use of renewable energy resources in Greece

    Energy policy is a key issue for economic and environmental policies nowadays. Indeed, energy is an indispensable element for economic development while, on the other hand, it causes severe environmental problems. In this context, a force for utilising renewable energy resources and for energy saving has emerged and been expanded in the last years. As a result, the energy policy is reoriented ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The bottom line on renewable energy certificates

    Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) provide businesses a means to support renewable energy generation and meet clean energy goals. This fact sheet answers some basic questions about RECs and REC purchasing. What are RECs? Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), also known as “green tags,” “green certificates,” and “renewable energy credits,” are tradable instruments which can be used to meet ...

  • Global Renewable Energy Market Analysis

        Europe, previously the largest renewable energy market in the world for many years, has recently been overtaken by Asia-Pacific. Under the European Union’s (EU) Renewables Directive, member states are committed to national targets that increase the share of renewable energy in their consumption by 2020. In October 2014, the EU adopted climate conservation ...

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