Senior Policy Advisor and Lead, Renewable Energy
As Senior Policy Advisor and Lead, Renewable Energy, Richard Bridle supports IISD’s Geneva-based Global Subsidies Initiative. His research interests include efficient design of renewable energy support policies, biofuels, green industrial policy and energy subsidies. Richard has a background in the renewable energy industry with experience in policy analysis, project management, development and procurement. He has played key roles in the successful realization of a number of large scale renewable energy projects and has participated in national and international fora on renewable energy policy.
- South Africa: Is a transition away from coal just around the corner?In South Africa, coal has long been king, but emerging factors suggest the fossil fuel may soon be pushed off its throne.
- Not a Case of Either/Or: How government and mines in Zambia can save money through energy efficiencyFor years, Zambia’s large hydroelectric dams were able to meet the power needs of its mines, but facing rising electricity demands the country opted to increase generation using coal, diesel and heavy fuel oil.
- The True Cost of Coal and Renewables in IndonesiaIndonesia is facing an energy crunch as demand for electricity rises across the country. The country is one of the world’s largest coal producers, and is developing plans for an additional 35 gigawatts (GW) of new coal-fired power stations. Proponents of the development claim that coal is the cheapest source of energy available. Is this really true?
- Subsidies to a Proposed Nuclear Power Plant Should Feature Large in UK Government’s ReviewAs the UK Government considers whether to proceed with Hinkley Point C—a proposed nuclear power plant—it should weigh the full cost of the project to the public purse. By our calculation the subsidies are likely to be at least £40 billion.