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Expansion of the Swedish elcert certificates system to the Netherlands; a cost-benefit analysis
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ECN Policy Studies 13-1-2012
ECN report number: Document type:
ECN-M--11-108 Conference Paper
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This paper investigates the net benefits of adjusting the Dutch renewable electricity support system from a feed-in premium (FIP) scheme into a hybrid renewable portfolio standard (RPS), i.e. an RPS on top of, and well-integrated with, the existing FIP. The alternative scenario envisages, moreover, the establishment of a joint support scheme with Sweden on the basis of the existing Swedish Elcert certificates system. The paper benchmarks the costs of the alternative renewable electricity support scenario against the baseline FIP scenario. A major limitation is the exclusion of network impacts. Moreover, the analysis of the economic impacts in Sweden is limited to distributional effects. The aggregate welfare impact for the Netherlands is robustly positive. In both countries major winners and losers are identified.

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