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Rickerson W.,Meister Consultants Group Inc. | Veilleux N.,Meister Consultants Group Inc. | Crowe J.,Meister Consultants Group Inc. | Brydges A.,Massachusetts Clean Energy Center | Howe C.,Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
World Renewable Energy Forum, WREF 2012, Including World Renewable Energy Congress XII and Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES) Annual Conferen | Year: 2012

Thermal energy consumption comprises more than one third of world energy use, representing a significant driver of fossil fuel-based emissions and import dependence. Renewable thermal energy technologies - like solar thermal, biomass thermal, advanced biodiesel, or heat pumps - can mitigate energy, economic, and environmental challenges, presenting policy-makers with a cost-effective opportunity to drive a large-scale energy transition. Renewable thermal energy is a crucial next step to powering the world with renewables. Unlike Europe, renewable thermal markets remain underdeveloped in the US. In spite of a few promising developments, integrated renewable thermal policy support in US states has been modest. With this in mind, this paper evaluates opportunities and impacts for policy to drive US renewable thermal market growth, focusing specifically on Massachusetts. The paper assesses renewable thermal barriers, economic, and greenhouse gas (GHG) impacts. It also considers how policies could promote more rapid development of the renewable thermal market. Copyright © (2012) by American Solar Energy Society.


Jacobs D.,Free University of Berlin | Marzolf N.,Inter American Development Bank | Paredes J.R.,Inter American Development Bank | Rickerson W.,Meister Consultants Group Inc. | And 3 more authors.
Energy Policy | Year: 2013

Renewable energy is becoming a priority for Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) countries because of energy challenges such as demand growth, high dependence on imported fossil fuels, and climate change. As of 2010, 12 LAC countries have implemented formal targets for renewable energy deployment. Some of the LAC countries, namely Argentina, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, and Nicaragua, are using feed-in tariffs (FITs) to promote renewables. FITs are long-term, guaranteed purchase agreements for green electricity at a price that can provide project developers a reasonable return on investment. FITs are increasingly popular because if designed well, they can mitigate investor risk in renewables. This article presents a low-risk FIT design and then uses this design to benchmark the existing LAC region FITs. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.


Flynn H.,Meister Consultants Group Inc. | Breger D.,100 Cambridge Street | Belden A.,Meister Consultants Group Inc. | Laurent C.,Meister Consultants Group Inc. | And 2 more authors.
Sustainability | Year: 2010

As states across the country struggle to increase local development of renewable energy, policymakers are turning to innovative program designs to meet their renewable electricity targets. Massachusetts recently adopted a unique, auction-based price support mechanism for the solar portion of its renewable portfolio standard. During the program development process, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) used system dynamics to simulate potential solar renewable energy certificate market conditions under the proposed regulations. The modeling exercise resulted in several program design changes that will lead to a more stable certificate market. System dynamics can be a useful tool for developing and improving sustainability programs. © 2010 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.


Rickerson W.,Meister Consultants Group Inc. | Hanley C.,Meister Consultants Group Inc. | Laurent C.,Meister Consultants Group Inc. | Greacen C.,The World Bank
Renewable Energy | Year: 2013

Feed-in tariffs are the world's most prevalent renewable energy policy and have driven approximately 75% of the world's installed PV capacity and 45% of the world's wind energy capacity. Although approximately 28 developing countries have enacted national feed-in tariffs, market growth in developing countries has been slow because of a range of technical, regulatory, and financial barriers. This paper uses the Global Energy Transfer Feed-in Tariff (GET FiT) concept to explore potential international support for renewable energy in developing countries. This paper reviews the GET FiT concept and discusses the key mitigation strategies that it proposes to employ. The paper also provides a short case study of how GET FiT might be targeted to support a feed-in tariff policy in a specific developing country, Tanzania. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.


Flynn H.,Meister Consultants Group Inc.
BioCycle | Year: 2010

Cuba implemented a significant energy conservation strategy to overcome various challenges. The Cuban government implemented a plan known as 'Energy Revolution' to achieve this objective. Part of the new energy strategy involved reducing energy consumption by replacing inefficient appliances, light bulbs, and increasing renewable energy technologies. The country also made significant efforts to realize the benefits of biogas reserves to overcome energy related challenges. Digesters were designed to use a variety of feedstocks, such as manure or crop waste and common digester substances included pig and cow manure, and agricultural waste from sugarcane, sweet pea, cassava, and beans. These substances were used to generate biogas, which was used to power gas stoves and refrigerators. This strategy also led to processed organic waste to be used as fertilizer.


Veilleux N.,Meister Consultants Group Inc. | Marcos E.,Meister Consultants Group Inc.
BioCycle | Year: 2011

Global Methane Initiative (GMI), a collaboration between national governments and international organizations to capture methane emissions and use them as a clean energy source, conducted a 'Resource Assessment for Livestock and Agro-Industrial Wastes' in Brazil. The purpose was to identify and evaluate the potential for incorporating anaerobic digestion into livestock manure and agro industrial waste management systems. Within Brazil, industry stakeholders and policy experts point to three major challenges that have slowed biogas market development, absence of incentives and financing tools from governmental organizations or financial institutions; lack of regulations or policies that require use of biodigesters; and poor historical performance of biogas digesters. Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and GMI bring funding resources, financial expertise, technology transfer, and other technical support to Brazil. Additionally, by collaborating directly with local stakeholders, these initiatives could help spur Brazil's domestic policy agenda for biogas.

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