Policy Opportunities to Incentivize Innovation for Renewable Energy Regional Consultation on Achieving SDGs through Sector-focused STI Policies
Michael Williamson Section Chief, Energy Division, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific 27 August 2018
Outline 1. Renewable energy – a critical component of 21st Century sustainable development 2. ESCAP’s online policy research tools 3. Why governments support innovation in RE and beyond 4. Understanding the framework for innovation in the RE sector 5. How policies can drive RE innovation 6. Interactive discussion 27 Aug 2018
Image: Abengoa Solar
We need more renewable energy – a transformative technology to address the challenges of the 21st Century • Climate change – CO2 levels highest in 800,000 years • Approaching or exceeding several “planetary boundaries”
• Increasing population and energy demand • Energy poverty in many regions • Energy security concerns from the interplay of energy and geopolitics • Chronic urban air pollution 27 Aug 2018
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ESCAP’s ASIA PACIFIC ENERGY PORTAL Interactive data and policy information asiapacificenergy.org
Policy database in the Portal
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Use the policy matrix for an immediate glimpse on policy content. Slide timeline to see policy development. Switch between the Policy Matrix, Policy Search and Policy Timeline function in one click.
Innovation - an indispensable tool in sustaining the rise of renewables • Today’s innovative RE technologies – wind, solar PV, energy storage • Prediction is challenging, perhaps in the next 10 – 30 years? ❑Renewable hydrogen ❑Offshore wind ❑PERC solar PV cells ❑Seaweed as renewable fuel and food
• Innovation is key to realizing these opportunities 27 Aug 2018
Image: Seaweed Energy Solutions AS
Five reasons why should governments take a role in supporting RE innovation 1. Public good outcomes from greater use of RE – sustainability, climate change mitigation, clean air, energy security…
2. Enhance competitiveness and create jobs from more innovation-based industries. 3. Address market failures and create value. 4. Bridge the innovation cycle “valley of death”.
5. RE innovation can be easily integrated into ongoing government programs and expenditure ❑ ❑ ❑ ❑ 27 Aug 2018
tenders for power procurement, infrastructure, PPPs, industry grants, social welfare.
The “valley of death”
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Not always a “better lightbulb” Innovation examples in Renewable Energy
Robotic PV manufacturing Wind turbine preventative maintenance technology
Tesla Powerwall PERC solar cells GE Haliade X 12MW wind turbine
Organizational Contracting/sourcing Partnerships, mergers, acquisitions Tax strategies Green bonds, yieldcos 27 Aug 2018
Market Hybrid wind/PV bidding Firming contracts Blockchain transactions
Actors in the renewable energy innovation ecosystem Government policy interventions must recognize the role of all the stakeholders in the ecosystem and tap into their capacity for change
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Policy interventions – choosing the “right tool”
Technology Push • • • •
R&D funding Demonstration and pilot projects Commercialization funding Venture capital
Market Pull • • • •
Feed-in tariffs Tax credits Reverse auctions Renewable portfolio standards with certificate trading • Emissions trading schemes Policy frameworks require both – but what is the right balance?
Source: Michael Grubb
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Policy interventions – choosing the “right tool” (cont’d) • • • •
Balance of both “push” and “pull” policies needed Each can complement each other to bridge the “valley of death” Can we offer the “three L’s” in new policies – long, loud and legal? Some considerations: ❑ Strategic advantages, endowments, scale and size of each economy ❑ How to avoid “picking winners” in allocating R&D funding? ❑ The right mix of complementary policies to support RE innovation policy - skills and training, finance, technical standards or unhelpful fossil fuel subsidies?
Useful Case Studies •
Germany’s EEG (2000 – present) ❑ Feed-in tariffs for RE technologies ❑ Build scale in market, trigger learning curve cost decline ❑ Industry invested in product, process and organisational innovation
Reverse auctions – India, Australia, China, South Africa, Dubai, Mexico, Peru etc. ❑ Increased competition ❑ Price discovery ❑ Promotes broader based innovation through output specification
Australia’s Clean Energy Bill (2012-14) ❑ Cap and trade emissions trading scheme ❑ Stimulates innovation in lowering emissions from energy sector through market signals ❑ Taps into competition among market players
In closing: innovation has come a long way!
Jacob’s 2.5 Kw wind turbine USA, circa 1940
Thank You Questions?
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