Day: Monday, 5th October 2015
Time: 14:30 – 16:00
Room: Hall 1A
The recent growth in renewables has been largely driven by policies and regulations which have been effective in creating a level playing field between renewable and other sources, and in putting in place a regulatory framework suited to the characteristics of renewables. The need for such appropriate policy and regulatory frameworks will be essential to continue growth and will determine the costs at which renewable energy can be supplied.
In general renewable energy technologies are more capital intensive and so have higher up-front costs than fossil fuel equivalents, but have very low fuel costs. This means that energy costs are very sensitive to the capital and particularly the financing costs, which depend on the perceived risks associated with the project. This session addresses which key elements regulatory frameworks should include to foster investment in renewable energies.
Questions to be addressed by the session
- What are the critical factors needed to allow competition to drive down generation costs?
- What measures can be adopted to mitigate investment risk and foster deployment of renewables in new markets?
- How can the opportunities for renewable heat be given higher priority by policy makers and industry?
- How can sustainability criteria be developed and enforced to provide confidence in biofuels as a sustainable resource?
- Mr. Tomas Kåberger, Executive Board Chairman, Japan Renewable Energy Foundation
- Mr. Paolo Frankl, Head of Renewable Energy Unit, International Energy Agency
- Mr. Martin Schöpe, Head of Division II A1 – General issues of international and external energy policy, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), Germany
- Mr. Li Junfeng, President, Chinese Renewable Energy Industry Association, China
- Mr. Ompi Aphane, Deputy Director General, Department of Energy, South Africa
- Mr. Mbulelo Ncetezo, Executive Manager: Electricity Regulation, National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA)