Les TAGER en Afrique

L’Afrique fait face à une crise énergétique : la capacité de production actuelle n’arrive pas à satisfaire la demande croissante en électricité. L’électricité qui est nécessaire pour alimenter et faire croître l’économie, favoriser le développement local et s’attaquer au problème de la pauvreté urbaine et rurale n’existe tout simplement pas. En outre, les sources traditionnelles ne sont plus fiables, elles sont devenues inabordables d’un point de vue prix ou de plus en plus rédhibitoires.

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July 3, 2014   Comments Off on Les TAGER en Afrique

German Renewable Energy Act Reform is not a “Feed-in Tariff 2.0”

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German Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, source: dpa

Yesterday, the German cabinet approved the Renewable Energy Act Reform. The reform, referred to by some as the Feed-in Tariff 2.0 (FiT 2.0), was necessary: In the past few years, Feed-in Tariffs successfully boosted renewable energy deployment in the country. This sparked public and policy discussions around the grid development, market integration and financial instruments that would finally enable Germany to reach its policy target of 80% renewable electricity by 2050.

Unfortunately, the bill passed yesterday fails to address any of these questions. Instead, it strengthens the corporations and energy utilities that have failed to integrate renewables into their business model in the past decade. The following analysis shows why the reform cannot be considered FiT 2.0. [Read more →]

April 9, 2014   4 Comments

Feed-in tariffs unleash market forces

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Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) have come under fire in the past months, being criticized variously as “over-regulation”, “subsidies”, “unfunded liabilities”, “central planning”, “state price controls” and “state aid”. Supporters of this discourse call for market competition and free enterprise instead. What they have not understood is that this is exactly what feed-in tariffs do. [Read more →]

March 13, 2014   Comments Off on Feed-in tariffs unleash market forces