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Renewable energy auctions: Status and trends beyond price

As the renewable energy sector matures, policies must be adapted to reflect changing market conditions. This brief outlines the latest research on auctions, with a focus on market developments in 2017-2018.

  • June 2019
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  • Policy
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  • English

Climate change and renewable energy

Japan, holding the G20 presidency in 2019, asked the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) for a report on the implications of the global energy transformation for climate and sustainability in a broad sense.

  • June 2019
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  • Climate Change, Policy
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  • English

Renewable Energy Market Analysis: GCC 2019

This report explores the prospects for renewables to diversify national economies and the combined GCC energy mix, while helping the region meet climate goals and contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  

  • January 2019
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  • Energy Transition, Policy
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  • English
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  • Bahrain, Kuwait

Renewable Energy: A Gender Perspective

This report examines the question of gender equity throughout sector. Building on a ground-breaking survey, it finds that much remains to be done to boost women’s participation and allow talents to be fully utilised.  

  • January 2019
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  • Policy, Energy Transition
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  • English

Off-grid renewable energy solutions to expand electricity access: An opportunity not to be missed

This brief takes stock of the opportunity at hand – detailing the dynamism and the innovations in the off-grid renewable energy sector. Building on IRENA’s growing body of work on the topic, it highlights the latest trends and advances, including innovations in delivery and financing models.   

  • January 2019
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  • Off-grid for Energy Access, Finance & Investment
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  • English

Sustainable Rural Bioenergy Solutions in Sub-Saharan Africa: A collection of good practices

This collection aims to provide a reference for policy makers and practitioners working to scale up bioenergy in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa. Energy, agriculture, forestry, environment, finance and business experts all seek for solutions to provide energy and also enhance food security, social welfare and environmental sustainability.

  • January 2019
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  • Benefits, Off-grid for Energy Access
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  • English
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  • Angola, Benin

Scaling up renewables in cities: Opportunities for municipal governments

Case studies prepared by IRENA in collaboration with ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) review crucial aspects of the urban energy transition.

  • December 2018
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  • Benefits, Transport
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  • English
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  • Argentina, Australia

Policies and regulations for renewable energy mini-grids

Countries have adopted varied approaches to mini-grid development, aiming to extend energy access to underserved communities. But existing regulations are often inadequate to make the best use of renewables.

  • October 2018
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  • Off-grid for Energy Access, Policy
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  • English
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  • Cambodia, Indonesia

Offshore innovation widens renewable energy options

Data and research confirm rapid capacity growth, cost and performance improvements, increasing technological sophistication and the need for standardisation to expand offshore wind and ocean energy.

  • September 2018
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  • Energy Transition, Policy
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  • English

Renewables Readiness Assessment: Panama

Panama has vast potential to develop renewables. The National Energy Plan suggests that as much as 70% of the country’s energy supply could be renewable by 2050. 

  • May 2018
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  • Policy, Energy Transition
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  • English, Spanish
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  • Panama