For many investors, renewable energy remains a somewhat forbidding topic.
What seems to be the best sure-fire bet? Solar? Wind? Geothermal? Tidal? Biomass?
Now the redoubtable International Energy Agency is to publish in July an invaluable guidebook for the perplexed, “Deploying Renewables -- Best and Future Policy Practice,” 182 pages, ISBN 978-92-64-12490-5, paper €100, PDF €80 (2011)
According to the IEA’s bookshop, “Growth is focused on a few of the available technologies, and rapid deployment is confined to a relatively small number of countries. In more advanced markets, managing support costs and system integration of large shares of renewable energy in a time of economic weakness and budget austerity has sparked vigorous political debate.
The IEA’s new report, Deploying Renewables 2011: Best and Future Policy Practice:
• Provides a comprehensive review and analysis of renewable energy policy and market trends;
• Analyses in detail the dynamics of deployment and provides best-practice policy principles for different stages of market maturity;
• Assesses the impact and cost-effectiveness of support policies using new methodological tools and indicators;
• Investigates the strategic reasons underpinning the pursuit of RE deployment by different countries and the prospects for globalization of RE.”
Directly addressing the potential investor IEA Executive…