Sustainable Electricity Systems
To be sustainable, electricity systems must recover operating costs, invest for the future, provide reliable electricity and meet environmental and social objectives.
Renewable electricity generation is an essential part of a sustainable energy future. An increasing number of governments are subsidizing the deployment of renewable energy technologies for electricity generation and the growth of domestic industries. What can be learned from their experiences?
Our experts in renewable energy technologies, energy policy and environmental fiscal reform help government officials and civil society organizations achieve a supportive policy framework for sustainable electricity systems. We do this by conducting research to evaluate the impact of subsidies and electricity sector policies to make the case for reform. Our services include policy design and evaluation, bottom-up analysis of electricity subsidies, evaluation of electricity system externalities, stakeholder consultation, and the organization of seminars and other events.
Wind Power in China: A cautionary tale
This reports looks at some of the challenges that China has faced in expanding wind power. It identifies the ways that the government has sought to address these challenges and offers recommendations to support expanded wind power in China and elsewhere.Read More
An Assessment of the Financial Sustainability of the Electricity Sector in Rajasthan
This report examines the performance of the electricity sector in Rajasthan, assessing its ability to recover operating costs, reliably meet demand, make investments and operate according to environmental and social norms.Read More
India's Accelerated Depreciation Policy for Wind Energy
This case study—one of a series of cautionary tales on renewable energy subsidies—examines how the policy of accelerated depreciation for wind power projects has affected the development of the wind power industry in India.Read More
Lessons Learned From China's Residential Tiered Electricity Pricing Reform
Because electricity is an essential commodity for everyday life, the Chinese government mostly regulates its retail price. This paper reviews and evaluates the tiered electricity pricing reform in China, examining the impacts on equity, efficiency and subsidy expenditure.Read More
Assessing the Cost-Effectiveness of Renewable Energy Deployment Subsidies: Onshore wind power in Germany and China
This study reviews deployment subsidies for onshore wind in two countries, Germany and China.Its primary goal is to better inform debates about...Read More
Assessing the Cost-Effectiveness of Renewable Energy Deployment Subsidies: Solar PV in Germany and Spain
This study reviews deployment subsidies for solar PV in two European countries, Germany and Spain. It forms one of a series of three looking at the cost-effectiveness of renewable energy deployment subsidies, each one focusing on different technologies and countries.Read More
Assessing the Cost-Effectiveness of Renewable Energy Deployment Subsidies: Biomass power in the United Kingdom and Germany
This study reviews deployment subsidies for biomass power in two European countries, Germany and the United Kingdom.Its primary goal is to better...Read More
The Impact of Fossil-Fuel Subsidies on Renewable Electricity Generation
Fossil-fuel subsidies are prevalent in many countries.The International Energy Agency (IEA) has estimated that consumer subsidies to fossil fuels...Read More
Public Finance for Renewable Energy in China: Building on international experience
The Chinese government has responded to the challenge of increasing energy consumption and environmental pollution with ambitious targets for...Read More
A Climate Gift or a Lump of Coal? The emission impacts of Canadian and U.S. greenhouse gas regulations in the electricity sector
On June 2, 2014, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released proposed regulations for regulating greenhouse gas emissions from...Read More