Category: Policy Watch

Upgrading New York’s grid as the state prepares for higher renewable energy generation

The US is steadily moving towards the adoption of clean energy generation and its integration into the grid. In particular, New York is working rigorously towards achieving its clean energy targets set by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), which requires state-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to be 40 per cent lower than the 1990 levels by 2030 and 85 per cent lower by 2050. The state also has plans to develop 9,000 MW of offshore wind (OSW) by 2035.

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Revision of the TEN-E Regulation: Future-proofing Europe’s energy infrastructure

The EC has adopted a proposal to revise the European Union (EU) rules on Trans-European Networks for Energy (the TEN-E Regulation). The need for this revision of the TEN-E framework was confirmed by the results of a thorough evaluation and stakeholder input. The move is aimed at supporting the modernisation of the continent’s cross-border energy infrastructure and the European Green Deal.

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Nigeria Moves Toward a Sustainable COVID-19 Recovery

To address the economic challenges of the pandemic, Nigeria’s federal government approved the $5.9 billion (N23 trillion) Nigerian Economic Sustainability Plan in July 2020. The recovery plan includes investments in clean energy, agriculture and infrastructure. The most noteworthy piece of green spending is a $619 million commitment to the Solar Homes Systems Project, which will help install solar home systems for up to 5 million households, serving about 25 million individual Nigerians who are not currently connected to the national grid.

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Climate Change (National Framework for Adaptation and Mitigation) Bill 2020

As Australia works towards its goal to reach net zero emissions by 2050, the Climate Change National Framework for Adaptation and Mitigation) Bill 2020 comes at a crucial time to aid the cause. IEEFA comments on components of the Climate Change Bill 2020, and provides more detail on the increasing pressure being brought to bear by globally significant financial institutions as well as Australia’s major trading partners.

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Building a zero-emission goods-movement system in Canada

Several jurisdictions across Canada have already adopted strategies to increase ZEV uptake. In Quebec, the 2015–2020 Plan d’action en electrification des transports includes measures to promote electric transportation, develop the industry, and create a favorable environment. Similarly, the City of Toronto’s 2020 Electric Vehicle Strategy assists the strategy’s goal of transportation using 100% zero-carbon energy sources by 2050.

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Decommissioning of Onshore Wind Turbines

Today 34,000 turbines are 15 years or older, representing 36 GW of onshore wind capacity. Most of the ageing capacity is in Germany, followed by Spain, Italy and France. This is a significant volume that needs certain logistics in place to proceed with dismantling, collection, transportation, waste management treatment & finally site restoration.

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Thailand’s South East Asia EV Ambitions Boosted by Additional Incentives

On November 4, 2020, Thailand’s BOI announced a new package of incentives for automakers looking to set up EV production in the country. The incentives will attract automakers that did not take part in the first round of incentives, which expired in 2018. The new package now includes a full range of vehicle types such as passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, motorcycles and tricycles.

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European Green Deal: Targets for and impact on the mobility segment

The share of GHG emissions highlights the importance and urgency of reforms required in the transport sector. The European Green Deal outlines key guidelines to tackle all emission sources. The European Commission is developing a Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy as part of the European Green Deal and in line with these guidelines; it is scheduled for release before the end of 2020.

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Rooftop solar policy experience in Australia, Brazil, Germany & US: Lessons for India

IEA recently organised a workshop that focused on innovative regulatory and policy options to scale up rooftop PV in India with the participation of state representatives (nodal agencies, discoms, regulators), industry and international policymakers. A group of experts from Australia, Brazil, Germany and the United States provided insights on policy, regulation and market innovation relevant for India’s rooftop PV market.

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New York Gives Big Boost to Renewable Energy

The order issued by the Commission largely achieves these goals. Most importantly, it sets out a timetable to achieve 70 percent clean energy by 2030 by establishing a procurement schedule with an annual target of 4,500 gigawatt hours annually (the current target is approximately 1,500 gigawatt hours).

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EC reviews 2030 NECPs: Focus on achieving EU carbon neutrality by 2050

To achieve the current EU 2030 targets, annual investments in energy during 2021-30 will need to increase by over 1 percentage point of GDP (or EUR260 billion) on average compared to the previous decade. For an increased GHG reduction target of 55 per cent, this amount would increase to EUR350 billion. The annual energy infrastructure investments are estimated at EUR59 billion.

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Building Africa’s renewable energy future: Policy recommendations for a just transition

This policy brief provides evidence from a comparative analysis of 34 African countries. It presents a clear picture of promising policy frameworks and fruitful attempts to realise a higher level of energy justice. South Africa, Rwanda, Kenya, Mauritius, Ethiopia and Egypt may serve as good practice examples for other states currently aiming at a systemic energy transition.

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Macroeconomic effects of implementing climate change mitigation policies in Chile

The Chilean government has shown significant political will to implement climate change mitigation actions, which will enable the country to fulfil its commitments regarding reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. These obligations are set in different initiatives, like the Financial Strategy on Climate Change and the revised Chilean NDC, which aims to reach a target of zero net emissions by 2050.

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