PV Policy Frameworks: Lessons from Canadian and International Policy Engagement Around Solar Photovoltaics

36 Pages Posted: 24 Feb 2013 Last revised: 9 Mar 2013

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Daniel Rosenbloom

Carleton University - School of Public Policy and Administration

Simon Langlois

Carleton University - Norman Paterson School of International Affairs

Sarah Gibb

Carleton University - School of Public Policy and Administration

James Meadowcroft

Carleton Research Unit on Innovation, Science & Environment (CRUISE); Carleton University - School of Public Policy and Administration

Date Written: November 30, 2012

Abstract

Over the past decade, solar photovoltaics (PV) have attracted increasing attention as promising low-carbon innovations worthy of government investment. Numerous incentive frameworks have been developed to encourage the deployment of PV, with the electricity sector surfacing as the focal point for this policy engagement (through the feed-in tariff and other instruments). A variety of justifications have been advanced to support these policy interventions, spanning from GHG reductions to industrial development. However, PV and the policy frameworks that have been developed to support this technology face serious and growing challenges, including technical issues (e.g., the integration of intermittent sources into conventional electricity networks), social and political concerns (e.g., opposition to renewable energy support due to electricity rate impacts), and economic turbulence (e.g., consolidations within the PV industry). Innovative policy solutions will be needed to overcome these challenges and unlock the potential of PV in future energy systems. This paper explores the policy frameworks surrounding PV in three jurisdictions – Ontario, California and Germany – and draws lessons from these experiences in order to provide policy advice.

Keywords: sustainable energy policy, electricity policy, emerging low-carbon energy sources, low-carbon innovation, solar PV, renewable energy sources, feed-in tariff

Suggested Citation

Rosenbloom, Daniel and Langlois, Simon and Gibb, Sarah and Meadowcroft, James, PV Policy Frameworks: Lessons from Canadian and International Policy Engagement Around Solar Photovoltaics (November 30, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2221017 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2221017

Daniel Rosenbloom (Contact Author)

Carleton University - School of Public Policy and Administration ( email )

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Simon Langlois

Carleton University - Norman Paterson School of International Affairs ( email )

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Sarah Gibb

Carleton University - School of Public Policy and Administration ( email )

Ottawa, Ontario
Canada

James Meadowcroft

Carleton Research Unit on Innovation, Science & Environment (CRUISE) ( email )

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1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B5
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Carleton University - School of Public Policy and Administration ( email )

Ottawa, Ontario
Canada

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