The following are research papers, mostly in direct-download PDF format.
The most easily-accessible and informative report for those who want both an introduction and in in-depth analysis of Feed-In Tariffs is "Renewable Energy Payments: A Policy Guide to Feed-In Tariffs in America." Download the report.
Comparing Fixed Price Incentives (FITs) and Quota and Auction Mechanisms (RPS, RECs)
European Commission on Renewable Energy Support Options by European Commission 2008
Certificate trading – part of the solution or part of the problem? By Volkmar Lauber 2008
The Debate over Fixed Price Incentives for Renewable Electricity in Europe and the United States: Fallout and Future Directions by Wilson Rickerson and Robert C. Grace 2007
Prices for Renewable Energy in Europe: Feed in tariffs versus Quota Systems – a comparison by the European Renewable Energy Federation (2006-2007)
Five reasons for a feed-in model, five reasons against quota systems by Eurosolar 2006
Reflections on a Possible Unified EU Financial Support Scheme for Renewable Energy Systems (RES): A Comparison of Minimum-Price and Quota Systems and an Analysis of Market Conditions by European Renewable Energies Federation and the Worldwatch Institute 2005
Are green electricity certificates the way forward for renewable energy? An evaluation of the UK's Renewables Obligation in the context of international comparisons by David Toke 2005
Which system is more efficient? Minimum price system compared with the quota model background paper by German Wind Energy Association (BWE) 2005
Renewable Energy Policy Mechanisms by Paul Gipe
Comparison of Feed in Tariff, Quota and Auction Mechanisms to Support Wind Power Development by Lucy Butler and Karsten Neuhoff 2004
Jobs & Economic Impact
Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low-Carbon World - from the United Nations Environment Programme and the International Labour Organisation (2008)
Minnesota Feed-in Tariff Could Lower Costs, Boost Renewables, and Expand Local Ownership by John Farrel, Institute for Local Self Reliance (2008)
Progress Report 2007 Germany's Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) 2007 Progress Report
Impact of PV Generation on Power Quality in Urban Areas with High PV Population supervised by Hermann Laukamp - Fraunhofer ISE (2008)
Utility Solar Assessment (USA) Study by Clean Edge (2008)
Supporting Solar Photovoltaic Electricity: An Argument for Feed-in Tariffs (2008)
Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety: EEG – The Renewable Energy Sources Act: The success story of sustainable policies for Germany by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) 2007
REN21 Renewables 2007 Global Status Report
The Merit-Order Effect: A Detailed Analysis of the Price Effect of Renewable Electricity Generation on Spot Market Prices in Germany by the Fraunhofer Institute Systems and Innovation Research (2007)
Costs of Renewables vs. Fossil Fuel and Nuclear Sources
Gambling on nuclear power: How public money fuels the industry by the Global Subsidies Initiative
Forget Nuclear by Amory Lovins et. al 2008
Electricity from Renewable Energy Sources: what does it cost us? 2008
External costs of electricity generation from renewable energies compared to electricity generation from fossil energy sources by Krewitt, W. and Schlomann, B.
Renewable Energy Sources Act - Progress Report 2007 - Background information: costs and benefits
New Nuclear Power: Implications for a Sustainable Energy System by Catherine Mitchell and Bridget Woodman, University of Warwick Business School (2006)
4. FITs at their Best:
Policy Design Options
A Policymaker's Guide to Feed-in Tariff Policy Design - National Renewable Energy Laboratory's 2010 Feed-in Tariff Design Guide, which is the longest FiT report written by a US government agency.
UK FIT Study - Written by Miguel Mendoca in 2011, this report provides a qualitative view of the interconnected benefits of FITs, and assesses its impacts.
The Relevance of Generation Interconnection Procedures to Feed-in Tariffs in the United States - Due in part to the success of feed-in tariff (FIT) policies in Europe, some U.S. jurisdictions are considering implementing similar policies, and a few have already adopted such policies. This report offers guidance to policymakers and regulators on how generator interconnection procedures may affect the implementation of FITs in the United States, including model procedures and best practices.
Stability, participation, and transparency in renewale energy policy: Lessons from Denmark and the United States - strong argument for the decentralization and democratization of renewable energy, as well as more transparent decision-making in the renewable energy sector.
The Role of Government in the Development and Diffusion of Renewable Energy Technologies: Wind Power in the United States, California, Denmark, and Germany, 1970-2000 - a thesis paper by Janet Sawin
Feed-in Tariffs and Renewable Energy in the USA-–a Policy Update by Wilson Rickerson, Florian Bennhold, and James Bradbury
Renewables without Limits: Moving Toward Advanced Renewable Tariffs by Updating Ontario's Groundbreaking Standard Offer Program - OSEA's New 2008 Report
Evaluating different feed-in tariff design options - Best Practice Paper for the International Feed-In Cooperation (2006)
WFC's Feed-in Tariff Design Guide
Exploring Feed-In Tariffs for California (2008)
Feed-In Tariffs and Renewable Energy in the USA - A Policy Update by Wilson Rickerson, Florian Bennhold, and James Bradbury (2008)
Feed-in Tariffs: Accelerating the Deployment of Renewable Energy - This book, by Miguel Mendonca, is a "concise introduction to feed-in laws, examining the experience of countries that have implemented this model. The author argues that the policy should be implemented anywhere with a suitable national power grid infrastructure, and identifies variations on the policy for those areas without. Alternative models and support schemes are examined to provide policy makers with the information required to consider the implementation of feed-in tariffs, and to introduce the concept to renewable energy technology manufacturers, producers, investors and supporters."