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Assessing Reverse Auctions as a Policy Tool for Renewable Energy Deployment

Paolo Cozzi
May 2012

Energy, Climate, and Innovation Discussion Paper


coverSeveral countries have used reverse auctions to promote deployment of renewable energy. This combination of a competitive mechanism with a demand for renewable energy should reduce costs in achieving deployment goals. A comparison of British, Chinese, and Brazilian experiences with reverse auctions shows that reverse auctions can be used for renewable energy deployment at a low cost, but design elements need to be present to prevent underbidding and breach of contract.

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