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Untapped potential for climate action: NDC

Untapped potential for climate action: Renewable energy in Nationally Determined Contributions

IRENA has analysed NDCs in relation to national energy plans and actual deployment trends. In many cases, NDCs have not kept up with recent, rapid growth in renewables, the report finds. Even countries that lacked targets in their NDCs had ambitious plans for renewables in the energy sector. 

  • November 2017
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  • Climate Change
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  • English

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Electricity storage and renewables: Costs and markets to 2030

This study shows that battery electricity storage systems offer enormous deployment and cost-reduction potential. By 2030, total installed costs could fall between 50% and 60% (and battery cell costs by even more), driven by optimisation of manufacturing facilities, combined with better combinations and reduced use of materials.

  • October 2017
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  • Power, Costs
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  • English

Accelerating renewable mini-grid deployment: A study on the Philippines

Consultations in the Philippines have called for “establishing an enabling environment for mini-grids” to expand energy access and increase national energy security based on renewable sources and technologies. This study makes recommendations to accelerate the development of renewable mini-grids in the country. 

  • October 2017
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  • Off-grid for Energy Access, Policy
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  • English
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  • Philippines

Boosting solar PV markets: The role of quality infrastructure

This handbook outlines the best practices to develop and implement Quality Infrastructure for solar PV and, based on case studies, offers quantified cost-benefit analysis for QI implementation at different stages of PV plant development. The data and analysis provides guidance for establishing proper QI mechanisms, showcased through successful experiences with...

  • September 2017
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  • Innovation
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  • English

Geothermal power: Technology brief

This technology brief provides technical background information, analyses market potential and barriers, and offers insights for policy makers on geothermal power generation.

  • August 2017
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  • Heating & Cooling, Innovation
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  • English

Synergies between renewable energy and energy efficiency

This working paper considers how renewables and energy efficiency can work together to contribute to global energy decarbonisation by 2050. It also looks and how this synergy affects energy system and technology cost, and the effect it has on air pollution and avoidance of adverse health effects caused by these pollutants.

  • August 2017
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  • Energy Transition, Benefits
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  • English

Kiribati Integrated Energy Roadmap: 2017-2025

This Roadmap report highlights key challenges and presents solutions to make Kiribati’s entire energy sector cleaner and more cost effective.

  • July 2017
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  • Energy Transition
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  • English
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  • Kiribati

Renewable Energy Statistics 2017

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has set out to produce comprehensive, reliable data sets on renewable energy capacity and use worldwide. The Renewable Energy Statistics 2017 yearbook shows data sets on renewable power-generation capacity for 2007-2016, renewable power generation for 2007-2015 and renewable energy balances for about 100 countries and...

  • July 2017
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  • Statistics, Finance & Investment
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  • English

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 & Investment
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  • English

Accelerating the Energy Transition through Innovation

Technological breakthroughs are needed to reduce carbon emissions in the energy sector. This working paper examines the basic conditions required to nurture innovation and produce new technologies for a low-carbon future.

  • June 2017
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  • Energy Transition, Innovation
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  • English