Clean Energy Policy Analysis
With RETScreen®
Photo Credit: Strong, Steven DOE/NREL
 Raise awareness of clean energy
 Show how RETScreen can be
used throughout the policy cycle
 Introduce the RETScreen Clean
Energy Policy Toolkit
What is RETScreen?
 World’s preeminent clean energy decision-making software
 36 languages covering more than 2/3rds of the world’s population
 More than 350,000 users in 222 countries and territories; over 500
universities and colleges using for teaching and research
 Over $8 billion in user savings as of 2012
 Provided free-of-charge by the Government of Canada
Clean Energy Policies - Incentives
 Direct Cash Payments
 Grants and Rebates
 Performance-Based Payments
 Tax Incentives
 Tax Credits
 Tax Exemptions
 Accelerated Depreciation
 Loan Programs
Clean Energy Policies - Regulations
 Building Code Mandates
 Favourable Permitting
 Interconnection Standards
Clean Energy Policies - Hybrids
 Feed-in Tariffs
 Utility Quota Obligations
 Net Metering
 Emissions & Environmental
Attributes Trading
RETScreen for Projects and Policy
RETScreen as a tool to demonstrate the viability of clean
energy projects
But also…
…useful for planning, designing, implementing, and
reviewing the viability of clean energy policies
The Policy Cycle
 Inform
 Design
 Implement
 Monitor
 Review
Examples of RETScreen Use for Policy
 International (UNFCCC)
 National (Canada)
 Sub-National (Texas)
 Municipal (Toronto)
 Utility (National Grid)
RETScreen Clean Energy Policy Toolkit
 Developed by RETScreen International
 Financially supported by a grant from the Renewable
Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP)
 Includes Case Studies/Templates, e-Textbook Chapter,
Training Slides, and Sample Documents
 Available on the RETScreen Website and within the
RETScreen User Manual
Case Studies & Templates
 Power – Photovoltaic – Feed-in Tariff – Policy / Canada
 Power – Wind – GHG Reduction Income – Policy / China
 Heating – Solar Water Heater – Capital Cost Incentive – Policy / USA
 User-defined – Tax and Finance Measures – Policy / Canada
+ many more!
Presentation Slides & e-Textbook Chapter
See e-Textbook
Clean Energy Project Analysis:
RETScreen® Engineering and Cases
Clean Energy Policy Analysis with RETScreen
Case Study: GHG Reduction Income
Basic information:
100 MW off-shore wind farm
Cost @ $2,500/kW
70% debt @ 6% interest rate
Scenario 1:
Guess at capacity factor of 30%
Assume cost of coal-fired electricity is around $0.06/kWh
2% annual escalation rate
Scenario 2:
Determine rate ($/CO2) on the carbon market required to
be paid to the project developer (over 21 years) to
achieve an 18% pre-tax IRR on equity
Clean Energy Policy Toolkit
RETScreen® International Clean Energy Project Analysis Course
For further information please visit the RETScreen Website at

Clean Energy Policy Analysis With RETScreen