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Clean Energy Ministerial 4 (CEM4)

17–18 April 2013, New Delhi, India

Public-Private Roundtables

The Clean Energy Ministerial recognizes the essential role of the private sector in leveraging its expertise, influence, and capital toward clean energy goals. To capture private-sector input, six high-level public-private roundtables were convened at the fourth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM4). The roundtables brought together energy ministers, business leaders, and experts from nongovernmental organizations and academia to further identify the policies, technologies, investment, and skills needed to advance progress in six topic areas:

  • Solar PV: Reducing Soft Costs: This discussion covered how the non-hardware, or “soft costs” associated with the installation, customer acquisition, and interconnection of photovoltaic (PV) systems remain high, even though large-scale investments in research over the last few decades have resulted in a sharp decline in the cost of hardware for PV systems.
  • Clean Vehicle Adoption: This discussion brought together governmental ministers and relevant industry executives to create a valuable forum for discussing critical goals and roadblocks (past and future) to clean vehicle deployment. Participants were able to discuss both policy and technical issues including harmonization of standards, interoperability, public versus private investment, and grid/pipeline integration.
  • Power Markets in Emerging Economies: This discussion provided an important opportunity to synthesize the lessons learned from history, and bring together practitioners and policy makers to cooperatively address the barriers facing power system transformation. Participants in this session considered the key policy and market design elements that have allowed some countries or regions to address many of these issues, and the obstacles that prevent all electricity suppliers from doing the same.
  • Renewables Policy and Finance: This discussion covered factors that impact growth in renewable energy financing, including project risks, risk mitigation strategies, and flexible policy design. Policy makers, project developers, and financiers discussed the cost-effectiveness of policies and how decision makers can balance short-term financing decisions with long-term planning to take advantage of identified renewable energy resource potentials.
  • Energy Management Systems: This discussion looked at the key design elements of large-scale energy management programs, as well as government, industry, energy providers’, and banks’ roles in promoting corporate adoption.
  • Mini-Grid Development: This discussion offered an important opportunity to synthesize lessons learned and bring together practitioners and policy makers to cooperatively identify the barriers to further scaling up mini-grids, and also discuss potential solutions to addressing these barriers, as a key component of achieving universal energy access.
The outcomes of these six roundtable sessions are covered in our report, Public-Private Roundtables at the Fourth Clean Energy Ministerial.