Senior Policy Advisor and Lead, Renewable Energy
As Senior Policy Advisor and Lead, Renewable Energy, Richard Bridle supports IISD’s Geneva-based Global Subsidies Initiative. His research interests include efficient design of renewable energy support policies, biofuels, green industrial policy and energy subsidies. Richard has a background in the renewable energy industry with experience in policy analysis, project management, development and procurement. He has played key roles in the successful realization of a number of large scale renewable energy projects and has participated in national and international fora on renewable energy policy.
- Rethinking Eskom: Lessons from electricity sector reform in India and MexicoAs South Africa debates how to reform its struggling electricity sector, this publication reviews how international experience from India and Mexico could inform the debate.
- Mapping India's Energy Subsidies 2020: Fossil fuels, renewables and electric vehiclesHow have India’s energy subsidy policies changed? What have been the most significant developments in India’s dynamic energy policy environment? And is public support aligned with India’s desired energy future?
- Beyond Fossil Fuels: Fiscal transition in BRICSThis report makes the case for preparing government budgets for the clean energy transition in BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa).
- Getting to 23 Per Cent: Strategies to scale up renewables in IndonesiaThis report addresses seven concrete ways in which the Indonesian government can overcome the existing obstacles and make significant progress to grow renewable energy before 2025.
- Fossil Fuel to Clean Energy Subsidy Swaps: How to pay for an energy revolutionA “subsidy swap”—reallocating some of the savings from fossil fuel subsidy reform to fund the clean energy transition—can bring in economic, social and environmental benefits.
- Subsidy Swap: Reducing fossil fuel subsidies through energy efficiency and renewable energy in ZambiaThis report examines the potential of subsidy reform to improve cost recovery in the electricity sector and promote clean energy and energy efficiency in Zambia.
- Stories from G20 Countries: Shifting public money out of fossil fuelsThis analysis has brought together examples illustrating how G20 countries can learn from each other and align the flows of public money with climate targets and the Sustainable Development Goals.
- Kerosene to Solar PV Subsidy Swap: The business case for redirecting subsidy expenditure from kerosene to off-grid solarIf kerosene subsidies are being gradually removed, can a share of the subsidy savings not be reinvested in helping the most vulnerable households access electric lighting through off-grid solar technologies? This paper explores the idea of a “kerosene to solar subsidy swap” or a “subsidy swap.”
- Missing the 23 Per Cent Target: Roadblocks to the development of renewable energy in IndonesiaThis report seeks to answer the question of why renewable energy deployment, particularly wind and solar, has not taken off in Indonesia. To understand the forces shaping the sector, and what can be done to remedy the situation, IISD conducted interviews with politicians, civil servants, industry representatives, renewable energy developers, civil society organizations, international donors and other stakeholders. A total of 26 interviews took place, revealing the roots of the problem, the broader political economy of the energy sector and some possible ways forward.
- At the Crossroads: Balancing the financial and social costs of coal transition in ChinaThe global decline of the coal industry has led to job losses and mine closures. As Shanxi in China considers how to create new employment in a coal dependent region we review international experience of the tranistion away from coal.
- Financial Supports for Coal and Renewables in IndonesiaThis report shows that the “true cost” of coal, including subsidies and externalities such as GHG emissions and air pollution, is considerably greater than the cost of renewable energy in Indonesia.
- Making the Switch: From fossil fuel subsidies to sustainable energyThis report estimates fossil fuel subsidies to be around USD 425 billion. Such subsidies represent large lost opportunities for governments to invest in renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable development.
- Subsidies to Coal Power Generation in ChinaThis comprehensive inventory of subsidies to coal generators in China shows that the coal industry receives considerable levels of government support.
- How to Pay the Bills? A survey of public attitudes to electricity tariff reform in RajasthanThis report presents the findings of a household survey that sheds light on the attitudes of electricity consumers toward tariff reform in the State of Rajasthan, India.
- Indonesia's Financially Sustainable Electricity SectorThis paper reviews the ability of Indonesia’s electricity sector to meet the country’s need for electricity in a financially sustainable way.
- Wind Power in China: A cautionary taleThis 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.
- An Assessment of the Financial Sustainability of the Electricity Sector in RajasthanThis 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.
- Supporting Energy Pricing Reform and Carbon Pricing Policies Through CreditingThis study examines the role that policy crediting might play in increasing the mitigation impact of energy pricing reform and carbon pricing policies.
- It’s Official: The United Kingdom is to subsidize nuclear power, but at what cost?A review of planned subsidies to the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in the United Kingdom.