30 Years of Wind Energy Policies - Lessons from 12 Wind Energy Markets

The report 30 Years of Policies for Wind Energy: Lessons from 12 Wind Energy Markets was jointly produced by GWEC and IRENA.  This report identifies and reviews significant policy and regulatory measures that have contributed to the successful development of wind energy across major markets in Asia, Europe, North and South America over the last three decades.

 

It provides an insight into the strengths of diverse policy design decisions across 12 of the important existing markets. These markets are Brazil, China, Denmark, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. In the case of India and the United States, particular state legislations complement federal legislation and these were studied in more detail.The twelve markets studied here are of various sizes, display a wide range of policy options and diverse market dynamics. All have shown high market dynamism and represent interesting case studies.

 

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Wind & Climate Change

 

Wind energy is a key solution in the fight against climate change, and the technology is on track to saving 10 bn tons of CO2 by 2020. This means that more than 65% of all emissions reductions pledges tabled by industrialised at the climate negotiations in Copenhagen could be met by global wind energy alone. This document shows that the current pledges can and must be revised.

 

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Wind Power and Water

Wind power uses less water than almost any other power generation technology, the Global Wind Energy Council emphasised today, on UN World Water Day. The wind industry calls on policy makers to take this into account in the critical and urgent decisions which will determine the character of the world’s power generation infrastructure for decades to come.

 

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Wind Energy - The Facts

The 'Wind Energy – The Facts' publication is widely considered to be the most important wind energy reference in the world. It presents a detailed overview of the wind energy sector, with the most up-to-date and in-depth information on the essential issues concerning wind power today.

 

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Sectoral Mechanism for Electricity Sector

 

 

The sectoral approach analyzed in this paper employs what is known as a “sectoral no-lose target”, coupled with a “sectoral crediting mechanism”. The basic idea is quite simple. Conceptually, it is quite similar to treating an entire sector in a developing country as a CDM project. The paper, which was presented by GWEC and Greenpeace China at the COP14 in Poznan, looks at the mitigation and financing potentials of this approach, with a focus on the electricity sector.

 

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Öko-Institut: Sectoral Crediting Mechanism

 

 

This report explores a sectoral crediting mechanism (SCM) for developing countries in a post-2012 UNFCCC climate regime. The report explores how a SCM could be implemented in practice. Different options for designing a SCM are identified and their advantages and disadvantages are discussed. Based on this analysis of options, a consistent policy framework for the introduction of a SCM under UNFCCC is proposed.

 

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