UN’s Economic Department Suggests Feed-in Tariffs for Developing World

By Paul Gipe


The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) issued a policy brief in August that called for new policies to address “Climate Change and the Energy Challenge” including feed-in tariffs.

In the UN’s DESA Policy Brief No. 24, the department called for an operational framework that includes feed-in tariffs in developing countries.

“A global feed-in tariff regime. A global feed-in tariff programme could provide guaranteed purchase prices to producers of renewable energy in developing countries over the next two decades. This mechanism would lead to an automatic drawdown of subsidies over time as production and incomes increase. Delivery mechanisms would have to be carefully designed so as to ensure a level playing field for all competing technologies and on-grid and off -grid operators and benefit targeted low-income consumers.”