The project is gathering information through 3 international case studies. The cases are focused on situations where there has been political conflict over policies that will allow a route to market for decentralized renewable energy (including feed-in-tariffs, net metering, and value of solar tariffs). Cases in Ontario, Canada, the Netherlands, and the UK have all been completed. We are currently analysing data that was collected through interviews with key informants from government, co-operative and community energy, other energy industries, and utilities. We are also gathering and analyzing documents such as lobbying records, media articles, industry annual reports, and press releases.
We will use the results from the case studies to develop an online survey. The survey will provide us with additional information and will test if the findings from the case studies are consistent across the OECD. The survey will be sent to policy makers in OECD countries who are involved in contested policies on routes to market for decentralized renewable energy projects.