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Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index

Issue 53

Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index

Our latest and 53rd edition of the Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI) report ranks 40 countries on the attractiveness of their renewable energy investment and deployment opportunities.

Our index rankings give you access to the latest country movements at a glance.

The index was recalibrated in April 2019, with all underlying datasets fully refreshed. See a full description of our methodology.

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Success without subsidy: a new renewable energy landscape

EY - Ben Warren

Ben Warren
RECAI Chief Editor

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Renewable energy developers and investors are stepping into a brave new world – one that is increasingly unsubsidised where projects compete on their economic and environmental merits.

In this latest RECAI, we examine two related characteristics of this new landscape: how projects are grappling with new-found exposure to wholesale power prices and market imbalance – known as merchant risk – and corporate energy buyers’ growing role underwriting clean energy projects.

For developers and investors, this is a more complex world to negotiate

Developers must work harder and smarter to find the revenue certainty needed to raise finance or monetise their efforts. Investors need to understand, price and manage the risks faced by renewable energy projects that can no longer rely on long-term, government-backed revenue streams.

For the renewable energy market overall, however, a future without government subsidy is one that will no longer be vulnerable to sudden policy shifts, or retroactive changes to promised tariffs. It will be one where market forces impose discipline, drive efficiencies and accelerate the cost reductions that have allowed the sector to stand on its own two feet.

Not all promising renewables technologies have reached that point yet, though.

We examine the rapid growth in offshore wind as it gains footholds in new markets, such as the US, mainland China, Taiwan and Japan, where, for it to reach its potential, government support will need to foster local capacity and build domestic supply chains. But here, too, it is only a matter of time before offshore wind is viable without government support, as seen in recent European tenders.

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EY - Corporates drive Nordics renewables as the region looks beyond subsidy

Corporates drive Nordics renewables as the region looks beyond subsidy

The modern renewable energy industry can trace its roots to the Nordics, with the Danish Government’s decision, in the wake of the 1970s energy crisis, to build a domestic wind energy sector. Fast forward four decades, and the region continues to lead the clean energy charge.

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EY - Why there’s no (subsidy-) free lunch for offshore wind

Why there’s no (subsidy-) free lunch for offshore wind

Offshore wind is growing rapidly with some projects now being won without government subsidy. However, is subsidy-free offshore wind truly sustainable? EY's Andrew Perkins, Kinga Charpentier, Michael Bruhn and Ross McWhirter discuss the changing role of subsidies as offshore wind fast becomes a mainstream part of Europe's electricity system.

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EY - EU renewables deal offers visibility to 2030

EU renewables deal offers visibility to 2030

Bedeviled by boom and bust, the renewable energy industry got what it wanted from this summer’s political agreement on the EU’s 2030 renewable energy targets: not only a higher EU target than they expected but also visibility and transparency for investors.

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Hydrogen’s potential role in a decarbonised energy system

The targets of the Paris Agreement, signed in 2015 by 180 countries, will require a major transformation of the global energy system. Renewable-power generation is already leading the way in decarbonising the global power sector, but this will not be enough on its own. Deep-decarbonisation must also take place in harder-to-reach sectors like heating and transport – and progress here so far is much more limited.

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The pace of technology advancement and cost reduction make renewable power a strong candidate to provide most of the carbon-free energy needed to drive wider decarbonisation.

Electrification of other sectors is the obvious way to link their energy needs to the carbon-free energy from renewable power-generating technologies, but, to understand this opportunity, it is important to take a system-wide view.

This is explored in a recent EY report, which examines hydrogen’s potential role in achieving the UK’s ambitious decarbonisation target of an 80% reduction by 2050 across power, heat and transport.

“Green” hydrogen, generated by electrolysis from renewable power, offers a potential solution to a number of key system challenges: storaging large volumes of intermittent renewable energy, a carbon-free gaseous fuel to enable decarbonisation of heat and transport sectors alongside other technologies, and an alternative way to mitigate the large investment needed for electrification.

Hydrogen’s potential role is equally applicable to other countries’ energy systems, as highlighted in IRENA’s recent report .

EY - Hydrogen’s potential role in a decarbonised energy system

Contact the RECAI team

EY - Ben Warren

Ben Warren

RECAI Chief Editor
Global Power & Utilities Corporate Finance Leader
UK&I Energy & Infrastructure Corporate Finance Leader
+44 (0)20 7951 6024
EY - Phil Dominy

Phil Dominy

RECAI Chief Advisor
Assistant Director, Energy & Infrastructure Corporate Finance
+44 (0)13 9228 4499
EY - Sami Zubair

Sami Zubair

RECAI Model Lead
Executive, Energy & Infrastructure Corporate Finance
+44 (0)20 7197 7459
EY - Lavaanya Rekhi

Lavaanya Rekhi

RECAI Research Lead
Analyst, Energy & Infrastructure Corporate Finance
+44 (0)20 7783 0723
EY - Benoit Laclau

Benoit Laclau

RECAI Leadership Sponsor
Partner, Global Energy Leader
+44 (0)20 7951 8453
EY - Aparna Sankaran

Aparna Sankaran

Global Media Relations and Social Media, Energy
+44 (0)7480 245082
EY - Joni Craigie

Joni Craigie

RECAI Marketing Lead
+44 (0)1224 653 096

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