FITs and Stops: Spain’s New Renewable Energy Plot Twist & What It All Means

Volume 4, Issue 1
Faced with growing fiscal challenges and the specter of increasingly trigger-happy credit rating agencies, the new center-right Spanish government has acted to temporarily put a halt to awarding new feed-in tariff (FIT) contracts starting in January 2013.

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The Rise and Fall of Oil

Volume 3, Issue 2:
Over a century and a half since its first commercial extraction, oil now accounts for approximately 40% of global energy use and over 90% of the world’s transportation needs.

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Booms, Busts, and Retroactive Cuts

Volume 3, Issue 1:
Much ink has been spilled over Spain’s recent solar energy boom-and-bust. In response to generous tariffs and loose oversight, developers in Spain installed over 2600MW of solar PV capacity in 2008…

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FITs vs. Auctions

Vol. 2, Issue 2, October 2010:
In his conclusion to a recent speech at the London School of Economics, Lord Turner, Chair of the Financial Services Authority in the UK, introduced an important distinction in reference to the financial crisis: he explained…

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Natural Gas: An Unconventional Story

Vol. 2, Issue 1, March 2010:
This analytical brief explores the remarkable episode of growth that occurred in natural gasbased electricity development in the U.S. between 1990 and 2008. This boom was the product of a complex convergence of factors, including electricity restructuring…

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Feed-in Tariffs: Arguments and Counter-arguments

Vol. 1, Issue 1, February 2010: 
Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) have come under fire of late, being criticized variously as “subsidies,” and “unfunded liabilities.” This Analytical Brief dispels a few common misconceptions of what is now widely recognized as the most successful renewable energy (RE) policy…

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