Power Sector Transformation

Power Sector Transformation

According to IRENA’s latest Renewable Energy Roadmap (REmap) 2018, around 65% of the total final energy use will be made up by renewables in 2050. About 85% of the electricity generated will come from renewables of which 72% will be supplied by solar and wind resources.

The Power Sector Transformation team at IRENA assists Member Countries in identifying solutions to further accelerate the transformation of the power system to one dominated by renewable energy, while at the same time electrifying end use sector to achieve deep decarbonisation. The keyword for this work is flexibility: more flexible operations, more flexible generation, stronger grids, energy storage, demand response, hydrogen from renewable power, heat pumps and electromobility. The PST team produces knowledge products on how to leverage flexibility across the energy sector to further accelerate deployment of renewable energy in the power sector and applies this knowledge together with Member Countries at national and regional level. The PST team also supports REmap in performing power system flexibility assessments in specific projects and works with the innovation team on modelling innovative solutions for the power sector transformation.

 

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PST’s work is expected to continue leveraging this whole-of-sector approach to support member countries in the pursuit of a decarbonised energy system that revolves around a renewable-based, flexible power system.

IRENA’s work covers all the following areas:

  • knowledge (e.g. providing new knowledge relevant for all members through reports on specific topics related to flexibility and key enablers such as storage and hydrogen)
  • techno-economic planning (e.g. supporting REmap analysis in providing more detailed power system assessment using the IRENA FlexTool and identifying any necessary investments in additional flexibility)
  • innovation (e.g. assessing the value innovations to increase power system flexibility in quantitative modelling using the FlexTool)
  • bilateral work with Member Countries (e.g. using FlexTool to perform flexibility assessments for individual Member Countries)
  • support IRENA flagship initiatives (e.g. supporting REmap and Clean Energy Corridors with national and regional flexibility assessments and developing roadmaps to decarbonise the power sector of SIDS)

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