The June Issue of the MUSTEC Working Document series has now been published. The report’s objective is to provide a bottom-up comprehensive analysis of alternative types of CSP projects which in line with the current applicable trends are potentially suitable for the cooperation mechanisms. In this framework, also the methodological framework to assess the pros and cons of different types of CSP projects which are potentially suitable for cooperation, as mediated by their impact on a set of assessment variables and intermediate factors is presented. The analysis is based on the data gathering on the assessment variables as well as intermediate factors and stakeholder interviews. The assessment of those pros and cons allows the provision of some general policy recommendations.

Should the aim is to encourage the participation of CSP projects in the cooperation mechanisms, our findings indicate that the dispatchability of projects should be a main feature of these projects, but this is not enough and the dispatchability of renewable electricity from CSP should also be appropriately valued in public support measures as well as electricity systems. If low compliance cost is a main policy goal in RES cooperation, further cost reductions for all CSP project types will be required through increased deployment.

Finally, some policy interventions may mitigate barriers to the use of the cooperation mechanisms (i.e., not specifically for CSP) and, thus, to CSP cooperation. In this context, policies will probably need to be implemented at two different policy levels, i.e., they should include appropriate framework conditions and specific instruments.

You can download the Working Document here.