Technical Expert Meeting at UNFCCC in Bonn, Germany


On June 3, 2015, at the 42nd meeting of the subsidiary bodies of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany, CCAP president Ned Helme moderated a Technical Expert Meeting session on policies and financial mechanisms for supporting renewable energy. After Ned set the stage – identifying common barriers and mechanisms to overcome them, and key success stories in renewable energy deployment – a panel of experts discussed related issues in greater detail and gave in-depth presentations of case studies, followed by discussion.

Kirsty Hamilton of Chatham House addressed the role of public policy and financial incentives generally, and gave advice based on her extensive experience in the energy sector. The United Kingdom’s Gareth Redmond discussed the country’s use of a feed-in tariff (FIT) for small-scale renewable energy. Thapelo Letete of South Africa addressed the lessons learned from the African nation’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Program, a competitive bidding program for large-scale renewable projects that replaced an earlier FIT scheme. Finally, Rodrigo Violic, of Chile’s Banco Bice, shared the Chilean experience, and insights on policy frameworks from the perspective of a financer.

Some key takeaways include:

CCAP Presentations:

Renewable Energy: Policies and Financial Incentives Ned Helme