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Powering the Green Economy: The Feed-in Tariff Handbook

By: Miguel Mendonca, David Jacobs and Benjamin Sovacool

224 pages, graphs, tables, index


Paperback | Nov 2009 | #180891 | ISBN-13: 9781844078585
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About this book

As the world looks to the greening of economies to create new industries and jobs, protect the climate and environment and secure domestic energy supplies, we need effective policies more than ever. The rapid scaling-up of renewable energy deployment is a fundamental element of this process. Feed-in tariffs - laws that provide a premium rate (tariff) over a fixed period of time for each unit of electricity fed into the grid - are one of the most cost-effective policy tools for accelerating the transition to a more sustainable energy system. Despite their increasingly widespread use, the effectiveness of feed-in tariffs can be hampered by poor design and inadequate implementation.

This book, from authors who have spent years working on feed-in tariff design and advocacy features: an introduction to feed-in tariffs, how they work, and developments in key countries around the world (including in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, North and South America); an exploration of technical and social issues; an investigation of effective design, and other support schemes; a blueprint for campaigning for feed-in tariffs; and, a compilation of further resources for those wishing to green their economy.

Written in a clear, practical style, this is a must-read for any policymakers, businesses, investors, campaigners, academics and anyone concerned with creating successful and sustainable energy policy.

'This insightful book explains how to implement the most effective policy to get onto a path towards renewable energy.' Dr David Suzuki, scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster 'The importance and complexity of feed-in tariffs as a mechanism for promoting renewables electricity is fully explained in this seminal book ... [This] publication has authority as a textbook for theory, a handbook for practicalities and a reference book for lasting value.' John Twidell in Energy 'This book should be essential reading for any government committed to a more sustainable energy path. For it is clear from numerous country case studies that feed-in tariffs are among a suite of smart and effective market mechanisms able to catalyze a transition to a low-carbon, innovation-led Green Economy.' Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and UN Environment Programme Executive Director 'This insightful book explains how to implement the most effective policy to get onto a path towards renewable energy. For any decision-makers in North America in search of strategies to address climate change, energy security, and employment creation, this is the book.' Dr David Suzuki, scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster 'With energy now entering a 'golden age' of innovation it is exciting to see a true trans-Atlantic dialog over some of the most effective policy measures; this book details the important U. S. applications of what has proven to be the most successful policy in Europe, the Feed-in Tariff.' Daniel Kammen, Professor of Energy, University of California, Berkeley 'Moving quickly, as we must, from planet-heating fossil fuels to safe, truly renewable energy depends on citizens' active support and participation. What's great about feed-in tariffs is that they encourage both - and at modest cost. This detailed, comprehensive and surprisingly entertaining book explains how. Read it, and you'll want to help this commonsense approach spread ever faster.' Frances Moore Lappi? , author of Getting a Grip: Clarity, Creativity and Courage in a World Gone Mad 'Germany's successful renewable energy policy makes strategic sense for North America. Read this insightful book. It provides a powerful tool to both halt chaotic climate change and generate green jobs.' Peter Coyote, actor/author 'Indispensible guidebook to all the public, private and civic methods of shifting our energy from fossil fuels and nuclear power toward solar, wind, energy efficiency and more sustainable communities! Here is all you will ever need to know about feed-in tariffs and all the other viable ways to introduce such new policies and initiatives in your town, state, as well as nationally. Belongs on the shelf of every green activist and decision maker in the USA and Europe particularly.' Hazel Henderson, EthicalMarkets 'The Feed-in Tarrif Handbook is without doubt an important contribution to the literature on FITs, and more generally, to the debate of RES policy design. It is a detailed, precise and well documented book, supported by many examples.' OGEL 'Indispensible guidebook to is all you will ever need to know about feed-in tariffs and all the other viable ways to introduce such new policies and initiatives in your town, state, as well as nationally.' Hazel Henderson, Ethical Markets. 'Powering the Green Economy with the sub-title, the feed-in tariff handbook, actually lays down the blue print for governments to understand and then launch their countries to newer cleaner destination of development. The book is therefore extremely appropriate when urgent measures are being contemplated by most leaders around the world...In other words, this book is a must read.' Renewable Energy and Climate Change, April 2010.


Feed-in Tariffs: driver of the green economy; Master list of existing FIT laws; Developments in key countries; FIT design options; Calculation methods and costs; Bad tariff design; Technical issues; Barriers to renewable energy; Other support schemes; Campaigning on FITs.

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Miguel Mendonca is Research Manager for the World Future Council. He is the author of Feed-in Tariffs: Accelerating the Deployment of Renewable Energy. David Jacobs is researcher and PhD candidate at the Environmental Policy Research Centre in Berlin (FFU) focusing on support mechanisms for renewable electricity. Dr. Benjamin K. Sovacool is an Assistant Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He is also a Research Fellow in the Energy Governance Program at the Centre on Asia and Globalization.

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