Renewable Energy Tenders and Community [em]power[ment]
Day: 13th September, 2017
Time: 12:00 – 13:30
RE tenders (also called auctions, or competitive bidding) have received a lot of attention recently. In 2016 they were the most rapidly expanding support scheme for the development of large-scale projects, replacing previously popular feed-in tariffs. Over the past decade, the number of countries employing tenders has exploded from 6 in 2005 to at least 67 countries in 2016, when tenders were held in 34 countries. Most renewable energy tenders were for solar PV, followed by wind and geothermal power. RE technologies were also competitive in some technology-neutral tenders.
The year 2016 marked the second in a row in which no new countries adopted feed-in policies at the national level. For the development of small-scale installations feed-in policies remain important though. Japan is one example where a shift in policy from a generous feed-in tariff to tendering led to a nearly 70% decline in investment in small-scale, renewable power capacity.
Questions to be addressed by the session:
- How effective do you think tenders are in bringing renewable energy or power to the people? What are the barriers to community involvement and what are successful examples of involving local communities?
- What would be a healthy balance of instruments to ensure a diverse portfolio of RE technologies that also benefit and involves local communities?
- What advice would you give to policy-makers to ensure optimal auction design and scheduling? What needs to be done to 1) achieve more mutual understanding and serve local communities’ needs 2) increase trust and de-risk investments on the project developer’s part?
- Which examples do you know of where local value creation benefited from bidding requirements in tenders? Given the ever decreasing costs of RE, do you see more scope to include such objectives in the bidding requirements or are they not needed?
- How could technology neutral tenders, specific technology tenders and/or community involvement be combined without negatively effecting the market?
The keynote speaker gives a 15 min overview of the thematic context of this session. In the remaining time, the panelist’s respond to the questions posed by the moderator as well as discussion points from the audience.
Keynote: Mr. Hugo Lucas, Head of the Energy Department, FACTOR
Moderator: Mr. Diego Villareal, Director General, SENER
- Rainer Hinrichs-Rahlwes, Vice-president, EREF
- Rafael Senga, Manager Director Renewable Energy Policy for Asia-Pacific,
- Gary Dircks, Director of ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability,- TBC
Other Panelists TBC