Stranded Assets and Renewables

Assets like power plants can become “stranded” by unanticipated or premature write-downs, devaluation or conversion to liabilities. This will happen to some degree in the transition to a low-carbon economy. However delaying action to address climate change would result in significantly more severe asset stranding, according to this analysis by the International...

  • July 2017
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  • Energy Transition, Finance and Investment
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  • English

Renewable Energy Benefits: Leveraging Local Capacity for Onshore Wind

The series aims to support policy makers and decision makers, particularly in assessing the feasibility of procuring components and services domestically rather than from abroad.

  • June 2017
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  • Benefits
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  • English

Renewable Energy Auctions: Analysing 2016

At least 67 countries had used auctions for renewable energy contracts by mid-2016, up from less than 10 in 2005. This auctions report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) provides key updates on this crucial mechanism for price discovery and market development.

  • June 2017
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  • Benefits, Finance and Investment
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  • English

Accelerating the Energy Transition through Innovation

Technological breakthroughs are needed to reduce carbon emissions in the energy sector. Even with economically viable and scalable renewable-based solutions available for around two-thirds of the world’s energy supply, population growth and rising energy demand could outpace energy decarbonisation without urgent investments in research and development (R&D). 

  • June 2017
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  • Energy Transition, Innovation
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  • English

Renewable Energy Benefits: Leveraging Local Capacity for Solar PV

Renewable energy development can drive economic growth, create new jobs and enhance human health and welfare at the national level. The Leveraging Local Capacity series examines the kinds of jobs created and suggests ways to build on existing industries.

  • June 2017
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  • Benefits
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  • English

Biofuel potential in Southeast Asia: Raising food yields, reducing food waste and utilising residues

Southeast Asia has considerable resources to produce liquid biofuels sustainably, using biomass feedstocks that would not cause carbon-dioxide emissions or interfere with food supply. Fulfilling the region’s biofuel potential would depend on increased residue collection from food crops and forest products, intensified cultivation of farmland, and reducing waste and losses...

  • June 2017
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  • Benefits
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  • English

Renewable Energy Prospects for India (REmap working paper)

India is one of the most dynamic and vibrant markets in the world for renewable energy. This key emerging market, home to 16% of the global population in 2017, is poised for some of the fastest energy demand growth over the coming decades. Development of renewables is happening on many fronts, from on-the-ground innovation and technological breakthroughs to policy measures at...

  • May 2017
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  • Energy Transition
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  • English
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  • India

Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2017

Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2017 presents the status of renewable energy employment, both by technology and in selected countries, over the past year. In this fourth edition, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) finds that renewable energy employed 9.8 million peoplearound the world in 2016 – a 1.1% increase over...

  • May 2017
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  • Benefits
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  • English

Renewables Readiness Assessment: United Republic of Tanzania

The United Republic of Tanzania possesses impressive potential for bioenergy, geothermal, solar and wind energy development, in addition to significant existing hydropower capacity. This report advises the country’s energy planners to explore different policy assumptions and investment scenarios, taking into account the latest studies on resource potential and technology...

  • May 2017
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  • English
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  • Tanzania

Adapting Market Design to High Shares of Variable Renewable Energy

Liberalised electricity markets require timely adaptation to support higher shares of variable renewable (solar and wind) energy and distributed power generation. This study from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) presents the latest knowledge on the adaptation process for such markets, aiming to inform policy makers, regulators and system operators on the...

  • May 2017
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  • Energy Transition
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  • English