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Planning for the renewable future: Long-term modelling and tools to expand variable renewable power in emerging economies

Ambitious national commitments, international agreements and rapid technological progress have prompted countries around the world to turn increasingly renewable energy to expand their power infrastructure. However, the variability of solar and wind energy – two key sources for renewable power generation – presents new challenges.

  • January 2017
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  • Energy Transition, Power
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  • English

REthinking Energy 2017: Accelerating the global energy transformation

This flagship report examines trends and developments in the global quest for a sustainable energy future. As this third edition emphasises, accelerated deployment will fuel economic growth, create new employment opportunities, enhance human welfare and contribute to a climate-safe future.

  • January 2017
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  • Energy Transition, Climate Change
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  • English

Accelerating Off-grid Renewable Energy: Key Findings and Recommendations from IOREC 2016

The business case for off-grid renewables as a means to expand rural electricity access keeps growing stronger, thanks to steady cost reductions and technological innovation. Yet further accelerating the growth of either mini-grid or stand-alone solutions will depend also on stable policies and regulations, along with dedicated funds and de-risking instruments for renewables.

  • January 2017
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  • Policy
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  • English

Renewable Energy in the Arab Region: Overview of developments

The potential for widespread deployment of renewable energy technologies in the Arab region is considerable.

  • December 2016
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  • English

Investment Opportunities in West Africa (Global Atlas)

This report provides a region-wide pre-feasibility assessment of solar and wind opportunities in West Africa, for both grid connected and off-grid systems.

  • December 2016
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  • English

Measuring small-scale biogas capacity and production

This field guide presents various methodologies for estimating biogas capacity, production and consumption. Such information can be integrated into national censuses, household surveys and energy surveys.

  • December 2016
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  • Statistics
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  • English

Floating foundations: A game changer for offshore wind

This brief summarizes the opportunities floating foundations offer to the offshore wind industry as they allow access to deep-water sites, ease turbine set-up and tend to have lower environmental impact than fixed-bottom designs.

  • December 2016
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  • English

A Path to Prosperity: Renewable Energy for Islands, 3rd Edition

This report highlights the role of islands in global efforts against climate change. It highlights transitions to renewables in the power, including planning and implementation, enabling business models and transition tools.

  • November 2016
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  • English

Renewable Energy Market Analysis: Latin America

The report offers a comprehensive review of the status and trends in the region’s renewable energy development. It highlights Latin America’s wealth of knowledge, draws key lessons, and outlines findings to support the continued expansion of renewables for power generation, transport and other end-uses.

  • November 2016
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  • English

Renewables Readiness Assessment: Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda possesses abundant renewable energy resources, including considerable solar, wind, biomass and ocean potential. This Renewables Readiness Assessment (RRA) presents a set of clear and practical steps for these islands to maximise renewables in the energy mix.

  • November 2016
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  • English
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  • Antigua and Barbuda