Policy Instruments to Support RE Industrial Value Chain Development
IEA-RETD RE-ValuePolicies Project
An IEA-RETD workshop organised by GWS, DIE and ISI
2 May 2013 in Bonn

The discussion on increasing rates of renewable energy technology (RET) deployment seems to have shifted from ‘why?’ to ‘how?’. Investment in RET around the world has increased steadily over the last ten years, reflecting a growing understanding of the pressing issues of global warming, energy security and energy access and the role renewables can play in resolving these issues. The challenges for turning RET deployment successes – measured in terms of capacity installed, electricity produced etc. – into economic successes in terms of jobs or value added, however, are manifold. As suggested in earlier analyses commissioned by IEA-RETD, it is now necessary that:

  • Countries look at clean energy as a form of industrial policy or an economic competitiveness strategy, or they might well fall short of reaching the potential to scale-up technologies to achieve economic benefit from them, while collectively failing to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases as well. (source: FINANCE-RE)
  • Governments treat renewable energy as a strategic choice and develop economic policies along the line of the full value chain from innovation to deployment and export. (source: FINANCE-RE 2)

In light of these challenges, IEA-RETD has commissioned a study on possible instruments to best support the renewable energy industrial value chain – the study aims to assess a basket of cross-cutting policy instruments (innovation, labour, industrial, finance, export, etc.) which could complement the set of RE policies currently used, in order to enable countries to increase the economic benefits of the further development of the RE industry.

The workshop aimed to discuss the initial result from the inception report.


RES-E-NEXT Workshop

21 March 2013, Dublin

In more and more regions the contribution of renewable energy is having significant impact on the electricity system. The energy transition is now getting tangible, but is often accomplished with growing pains.

Many countries face challenges in adjusting to the next step in the deployment of electricity from renewable energy sources (RES-E), particularly in the design of policy instruments, energy markets and regulation – and their interplay. With substantial shares of RES-E the operation and efficiency of current electricity market structures will be affected. Policy instruments can help to optimise system performance.

Potential issues include: RES-E curtailments; conventional power generation capacity pushed out of the market due to RES-E priority feed-in; market price mechanisms at times becoming obsolete when prices are at zero marginal costs; RES-E support schemes designed for initial uptake rather than for mature markets; etc.

Policy measures are required to continue promoting investment in RES-E but to also promote and reward investment in grid reinforcement and flexibility resources, e.g. through the use of locational marginal pricing and capacity markets.

In light of these challenges, IEA-RETD has commissioned a study “Next generation for RES-E policy instruments (RES-E-NEXT)” with the overall objective to provide an overview, analysis and contribution to the development of next generation RES-E policy instruments in the context of changing electricity systems and markets with high shares of RES-E.

This study will contribute to the discussion on how policies can support the rapid transition towards energy systems with high shares of renewables in an efficient, secure, sustainable and affordable way. The workshop forms part of the consultation and communication activities of the project where participants are invited to feed into the final version of the report.

The project is undertaken by a consortium of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL, US) and Ecar Limited (Ireland).


21 March 2013, Dublin

The workshop aims to:

  1. Present the preliminary findings of the study.
  2. Discuss findings with policy makers, the research community and other stakeholders
  3. Seek input and feedback that will be used in drafting the final report.

The  workshop with the preliminary findings will take place on March 21 in Dublin,
Ireland. The agenda can be found here. If you are interested in
participating, please send an email to

Presentations and meeting minutes shall be uploaded as soon as possible.

Due to technical issues the live broadcast didn’t work, our apologies.


Launch of READy and ACTION Star

On 15 January 2013, the first copies of the publication ‘Renewable Energy Action on Deployment (READy)’ were offered to Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Frank Wouters, Deputy Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and Martin Lidegaard, Minister for Climate, Energy and Building of Denmark. The ceremony happened at the ADIREC side event ‘Are you READy for ACTION?’ in Abu Dhabi.


Maria van der Hoeven receives the first copy of the publication ‘Renewable Energy Action on Deployment (READy)’ from Hans Jørgen Koch.


Frank Wouters receives the first copy of the publication ‘Renewable Energy Action on Deployment (READy)’ from Hans Jørgen Koch.


Martin Lidegaard receives the first copy of the publication ‘Renewable Energy Action on Deployment (READy)’ from Hans Jørgen Koch.


The ACTION star is a graphical representation of six policy categories that are essential for the acceleration of renewable energy deployment.


Hans Jørgen Koch: “It is based on global best practices. Applying the ACTION star guides policy makers in choosing the right ingredients for successful policies.”


At the ADIREC side event of IEA-RETD, ‘Are you READy for ACTION?’ the READy book was launched and the elements of the ACTION star were introduced by different stakeholder representatives.


12 February 2013 in Brussels

After the successful 1st workshop of the RE-COMMUNICATE project, IEA-RETD and its Implementing Bodies from IISD, FÖS and Collings&Monney organised on 12 February 2013 a 2nd workshop in Brussels. In the workshop the preliminary results of the study as well as additional case studies were presented and discussed.

Please find here the minutes and presentations:

The final report will be available by March 2013. IEA-RETD is currently discussing potential follow-up activities.

Launch of the READy book at ADIREC


RETD will host a side event at the Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference (ADIREC) on 15 January 2013. At this event we will officially launch our READy book: ‘Renewable Energy Action on Deployment’, published by Elsevier.

The theme of the event will be ‘Are you READy for ACTION?’ – About the need to take action now & the opportunities for policy makers.

The READy book presents a kaleidoscope of policy options that have proven to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy technologies, based on experiences around the world at the local and national levels. The REAdy book introduces the ACTION star: a graphic representation of six policy categories that are essential for the acceleration of renewable energy deployment. Applying the ACTION star guides policy makers in choosing the right ingredients for successful policies.

Maria van der Hoeven (Executive Director IEA) and Frank Wouters (Deputy Director-General IRENA) confirmed to receive the first copies of the book. Other speakers at the event will be Hans Jørgen Koch (Chair IEA-RETD, Deputy State Secretary, Ministry of Climate and Energy, Danish Energy Agency) and Martin Lidegaard (Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Building).


29 November 2012 in Brussels

For the RE-COMMUNICATE project, IEA-RETD and its Implementing Bodies from IISD, FÖS and Collings&Monney organised on 29 November 2012 a workshop in Brussels that brought together experts in communication and renewable energy from governmental and non-governmental organizations. The workshop focused on the challenges for developing successful communication strategies for the renewable energy sector through a series of presentations and interactive sessions.

Please find here the agenda, meeting minutes and presentations:

Another workshop took place on 12 February 2013 in Brussels where the preliminary results of the study were presented and discussed, see here.

Capitalizing on Renewables

Thursday 27 September 2012

Ottawa, CANADA

This IEA-RETD renewable energy workshop provided an overview of how different countries aim to capitalize on renewable energy. In the morning session, different policy cases were presented, illustrating the different approaches to meet policy objectives, including securing energy supply, industrial and economic development, climate change mitigation, et cetera.

The afternoon session concentrated on the employment and economic benefits of renewable energy technology deployment. The results of the EMPLOY project were formally launched at this workshop. Commissioned by IEA-RETD, the EMPLOY project has reviewed the methodological aspects of quantifying employment effects, has proposed methodological guidelines, and has presented some country case studies, including one on Canada. Will the – sometimes fierce – debate on net employment impacts of renewable energy deployment finally be settled?

Overview of the day

Hans Jørgen Koch, IEA-RETD chair, Denmark

Introduction to the morning session Preparing for a renewable future
David de Jager, Ecofys, Netherlands
Renewable energy deployment in the context of an heated energy debate – status and prospects

Preparing for a renewable future – country cases:

Introduction to afternoon session Employment and economic benefits
Zitouni Ould-Dada, DECC, UK

Quantifying employment and economic impacts – Results of the EMPLOY project
Barbara Breitschopf, Fraunhofer Institute Systems and Innovation Research (ISI)

Renewing Futures in Canada
Diane Obam Dallaire, Electricity Sector Council Canada and Bill Empey, Prism Economics, Canada

Case studies for Europe and Germany
Barbara Breitschopf, Fraunhofer Institute Systems and Innovation Research (ISI)

Panel discussion
Moderated by Zitouni Ould-Dada, DECC, UK

Conclusions and wrap up
David de Jager, Operating Agent IEA-RETD

Joint IRENA and IEA-RETD Workshop “Levelised Costs of Renewable Energy: What if costs continue to drop?”

Friday 26 October 2012, Bonn, GERMANY

The costs of many Renewable Energy Technologies (RET) have dropped significantly in recent years due to a virtuous circle of high learning rates and increased RET deployment. At the same time, the impact of integrating larger shares of renewables into electricity systems is becoming more apparent. Institutions, including IRENA and IEA-RETD, are studying the issues and the implications surrounding these developments.

If deployment continues to accelerate, and prices follow their downward trend, policy makers and other stakeholders will need to adjust to this rapidly changing environment. How will these developments impact policy makers and other stakeholders today? How will this impact change in 5 years? How can actors today be better prepared for the scenario of further cost reductions and increased volumes up to 2015 and beyond?

This IRENA and IEA-RETD workshop aims to bring together industry representatives, scientists and policy makers to discuss the recent developments in RET costs and the future implications of these developments.

The workshop aims to:

  • Update participants with the latest accurate information on RET costs (including system integration costs), while also offering a platform to critically challenge this information,
  • Raise awareness, and address potential misperceptions of RET development, by facilitating dialogue on implications for policy makers and other stakeholders (utilities, TDOs, investors, financers) up to 2015, and
  • Prioritise actions needed in the next three to five years to ensure policy developments anticipate developments in RET markets. This will enable policy makers and stakeholders to avoid difficult to control situations, or ones leading to inefficiencies.

For further information please go to the IRENA website here.

Workshop information:

Session 1 – Levelised costs of energy: presentation of recent IRENA and IEA-RETD work

Cost status and determining factors for renewable power generation
Michael Taylor, IRENA

IEA-RETD Study on Cost and Business Case Comparisons of Renewable versus Non-Renewable technologies
Mercedes Mostajo, PRYSMA S.A. (on behalf of IEA-RETD)


Session 2 – System integration costs

System integration costs – External costs of system integration for variable RE, comparing options on equal power quality
Carsten Hoyer-Klick, German Aerospace Centre, Institute of Technical Thermodynamics

The need for storage and backup capacity – The value of renewable balancing power and storage
Renée Heller, Ecofys Netherlands BV

The TSO/DSO perspective
Anders Bavnhøj Hansen, Energinet DK


Session 3 – Electric vehicle prospects for accelerated deployment of renewables

IEA-RETD Project RETRANS – The co-evolution of the electricity and transport sector
Thomas Dederichs, Bundesnetzagentur (on behalf of IEA-RETD)

Transportation work
Carsten Hoyer-Klick, German Aerospace Centre, Institute of Technical Thermodynamics

Status of EV and battery development
Francisco Carranza, Nissan Europe


IEA-RETD Workshop on Financing Large-Scale Deployment of Renewables

17th April 2012, London

IEA-RETD is organising a workshop on Financing Large-Scale Deployment of Renewable Energy Technologies. The workshop will be held in the afternoon of Tuesday, 17th April 2012 in London.

The workshop will bring together a selected group of representatives from industry and the financial sector, with the aim to discuss the recommendations of the recently published IEA-RETD report ‘Strategies To Finance Large-Scale Deployment Of Renewable Energy Projects: An Economic Development And Infrastructure Approach’ and provide insight into the future work of IEA RETD.

In a dialogue with financers, this workshop will stimulate engagement with industrial stakeholders in identifying new areas in which future renewable energy research is warranted. IEA-RETD’s main objective is to identify the challenges and obstacles that industry currently face with respect to financing renewable energy, and explore the financial instruments, public policies and associated measures that may be introduced to enhance the deployment of renewable energy technology in the short term.

In the FINANCE-RE report it is pointed out that new and more innovative policies are needed to attract massive flows of capital to the renewable energy sector. The report presents a menu of options for policies and measures to attract capital. One of the underlying messages of the report is that governments must bring together economic development, finance, innovation and energy policies as the financing challenge is only one part of a massive technological transition needed to shift the global economy away from its dependence on high-carbon energy.

Supporting documents:

Policy brief

The main workshop findings are summarized in a policy brief. At this website you can download a short (one page) and longer (three pages) version of the policy brief.