Kenya embraces solar to meet energy needs

Current projections from IRENA show that at least 70 percent of Africa's 600 million people are not connected to the electricity grid. Instead, most are forced to rely on inefficient, expensive and polluting energy sources to power their homes and businesses. According to IRENA, the price of solar home lighting systems has fallen by as much as 80 percent since 2010. A small-scale system now costs around 100 euros.
(Deutsche Welle (Germany), 25 Nov 2016)

Soaring silver prices boost interest in aluminum as solar electricity alternative

IRENA reports a that China, India, Japan and Bangladesh, all have more direct and indirect jobs in solar PV generation compared to any other green energy sector. The United States commissioned 1,665 megawatts of PV electricity production in the first quarter of 2016 and now possesses enough solar generating capacity to power 5.76 million homes.
(Financial Post (Canada), 24 Nov 2016)

How Solar is Changing the Climate Game

Once a distant possibility, solar power is a game changer for developing countries that are swiftly embracing this clean, renewable source of energy to close their electricity access gaps and meet climate change mitigation goals. Solar PV costs have dropped nearly 60 percent since 2010 and are as low as 6 to 8 cents per kilowatt hour today, according to IRENA. They are projected to fall a further 60 percent in the next decade.
(The World Bank (USA), 10 Nov 2016)

Morocco blazes solar power trail (subscription only)

The host of the global climate talks has emerged as a pioneer in renewables and funding. It has a very 21st century landmark: the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant. The country has received plaudits for both the scale and success of its programme. Michael Taylor, a senior energy analyst at the International Renewable Energy Agency, says Morocco has been helped by factors including strong institutions, funding from bilateral and multilateral agencies and ample supplies of wind and sun.
(Financial Times, 10 Nov 2016)

Paris climate change agreement enters into force

The Paris Agreement, formed at last year's Paris Climate Conference (COP 21) meeting to combat global warming, entered into force on Friday just a few days shy of this year's climate talks. IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin hailed the fast pace of the agreement saying, "The fact that this happened more quickly than anyone thought possible sends a clear signal that governments are prepared to take urgent, decisive action."
(Anadolu Agency (Turkey), 4 Nov 2016)

Offshore wind capacity could surge 3000% by 2045: Study

Global offshore wind capacity could leap from 13 gigawatts (GW) in 2015 to 400 GW in 2045, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency. Advances in technology have helped to cut costs and drive market expansion for wind power, IRENA said, with onshore wind reaching cost competitiveness with "conventional" generation technologies.
(CNBC (US), 3 Nov 2016)

Indonesia, Vietnam look to blaze trail for solar in Southeast Asia

Indonesia and Vietnam aim to each have annual solar power capacity of at least 5 gigawatts from 2020, up from close to nothing now. That level of output would have placed the countries among the top 15 solar producers in the world in 2015 data from IRENA, and would account for close to 9 percent of expected power generation in Indonesia and Vietnam at the turn of the next decade.
(Reuters (UK), 2 Nov 2016)

Can wind and solar fuel Africa's future?

Across Africa, several nations are moving aggressively to develop their solar and wind capacity. The amount of green energy that could be harvested in Africa is absolutely massive, according to the IRENA report, which synthesized 6 regional studies and found potential for 300 million megawatts of solar photovoltaic power and more than 250 million megawatts of wind.
(Nature (UK), 2 Nov 2016)

Taste of solar power builds appetite for more in Kenya, survey finds

A report this year by IRENA predicted that innovation, new business models and new finance will result in a 60 percent decrease in the cost of producing electricity from renewable grids in the next 20 years. It said solar home electricity systems in Africa were now providing lighting for as little as $56 a year, a cost lower than lighting homes with diesel or kerosene.
(Reuters (UK), 31 Oct 2016)

IRENA plans future work to drive sustainable energy revolution

More than 300 high-level government representatives from 100 countries the largest number ever represented at an IRENA Council meeting gathered today in Abu Dhabi to attend the 12th Council of IRENA. At the outset of the meeting, IRENA’s Director-General Adnan Z. Amin, presented the annual report of the Agency’s work.
(Your Renewable News (UK), 1 Nov 2016)

Advanced biofuels costs to drop to $0.60/l by 2045: new IRENA report

IRENA released its latest report, Innovation Outlook: Advanced Liquid Biofuels, the second in the Innovation Outlook series which includes a renewable mini-grid report and an upcoming offshore wind power report. This report reveals a future global outlook for advanced liquid biofuel technology. It provides a detailed overview of the promising technological developments for commercialised advanced biofuel production to the year 2045.
(Biofuels Digest (USA), 22 Oct 2016)

Hundreds Of Cities Have Cost-Effective Opportunities To Boost Renewable Energy Use

Published on the sidelines of the Habitat III Conference in Quito by IRENA, Renewable Energy in Cities estimated the energy use in 3,649 cities which together account for 60% of global energy demand, while also exploring each city’s potential to scale-up renewable energy use by 2030. The study provides a vital insight into the role of one of the most intensive energy consumers the urban area, which accounts for more than half the world’s population, 65% of global energy demand, and 70% of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions.
(Clean Technica (USA), 20 Oct 2016)

Sustainable Cities: 3 Ways Cities Can Contribute to a Renewable Energy Future (Opinion)

Global policy makers gather in Quito for the Habitat III Conference to reinvigorate the global commitment to the sustainable development of cities. Meeting every 20 years, the Habitat Conference will this year focus on setting a new Urban Agenda. Within this context and for the first time ever, the Conference will also discuss the rapid deployment of renewable energy as a means to achieve a sustainable urban future.
(The Huffington Post (USA), 19 Oct 2016)

As prices plunge, Africa surges into clean, cheap solar energy

According to IRENA, home solar systems in Africa can now provide electricity for many households for as little as $56 a year – a cost lower than getting energy from diesel or kerosene. “About 60 million people may be using off-grid renewable electricity of some kind in Africa. That is about 10 percent of those living off–grid,” IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin said at a recent Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference in Nairobi.
(Thomson Reuters, 11 October 2016)

Renewables at forefront of energy transition discussion

Transition in the energy sector is happening and renewables is at the forefront of the discussion, according to Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General of IRENA. Renewable energy use made up 30 percent of total energy generation at the end of 2015 and the declining cost of renewables would accelerate renewable usage throughout the world. Speaking at the World Energy Congress, Amin said "Investment and growth of renewables at this level signals the energy transformation happening in the sector".
(Anadolu Agency, 10 October 2016)

Off-Grid Renewables: The Clean Route to 100% Electricity Access

Great strides have been made in recent decades to increase global access to electricity, but still roughly 15% of the global population remains without. In order to achieve access for all by 2030, the pace of expansion must double. It was with this goal in mind that nearly 600 off-grid renewable energy practitioners and leaders from the public and private sector gathered in Nairobi, Kenya last week for the third IOREC.
(The Huffington Post (USA), 4 Oct 2016)

IRENA Claims Solar In Africa Is Set To Boom Thanks To Declining Costs

IRENA has published a new report claiming that the falling technology costs of solar PV are likely to result in an installation boom across Africa. “In recent years, solar PV costs have dropped dramatically and will continue to do so with further declines of up to 59 per cent possible in the next ten years,” said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin. “These cost reductions, coupled with vast solar potential on the continent, present a huge opportunity for Africa."
(Clean Technica (USA), 22 Sep 2016)

A Solar Project Worth Watching in Morocco

“How the future plays out between CSP with storage and cost reductions for electric batteries is one of the more interesting unknowns related to which technologies will provide the best balance of flexibility and costs in future sustainable electricity systems,” says Michael Taylor, a senior analyst at IRENA. Regardless of the solar technology used, energy experts see the Middle East/North Africa region as an important frontier for utility-scale solar projects like Noor.
(Wall Street Journal (USA), 13 Sep 2016)

Abu Dhabi’s Masdar Seeks Partners for Clean-Energy Desalination

Masdar is seeking to form international ventures to build water-desalination plants powered by renewables across the globe as early as 2018. “Renewable desalination is not something that has been tried on a large scale,” said Arslan Khalid, an analyst at the Abu Dhabi-based IRENA. “There are not many commercial examples. That’s why there is a very strong need for more work not only prototyping but also doing projects and getting experience in it.”
(Bloomberg (USA), 8 Sep 2016)

Global Leaders Agree on the Problem, Now to Find a Solution

“Already, China hosts the largest installed capacities for most types of renewable energy technology,” said Dolf Gielen, director of IRENA Innovation Technology Centre. “China’s progress in this area is just one example of the ongoing, dramatic shift occurring in the global energy system.” IRENA analysis predicted a total of more than 24 million jobs in the renewable energy sector worldwide by 2030.
(Nexus Media (USA), 1 Sep 2016)

Unprecedented Victory For Renewable Energy Over Fossil Fuels In Chile

Earlier this month Chile’s electricity regulator announced the results of the country’s largest ever electricity supply auction for over 3GW of capacity. Onshore wind and solar PV power are now outcompeting gas and coal generation across the world. In June this year, IRENA reported that the cost of solar and wind generation could fall further by as much as 59% between 2015 and 2025.
((Huffington Post (UK), 31 Aug 2016)

How can we get to a clean power future?

IRENA's Michael Taylor and CNN's Isa Soares discuss the importance of flexible grids and new storage solutions for a reliable clean energy supply.
(CNN (USA), 29 Aug 2016)

Cuba seeks to expand role of renewable energy

The government of Cuba and IRENA are holding a workshop on approaches to operating and planning electricity systems with higher shares of variable renewable energy in the island nation of Cuba. “IRENA looks forward to working closely with Cuba to advance the deployment of renewable energy in the island and accelerate its transition to a sustainable energy future”, said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin.
(Your Renewable News (UK), 26 Aug 2016)

IRENA Offers New Downloadable Wind and Solar Maps on Global Atlas

IRENA has released new downloadable wind and solar maps. These new maps for IRENA’s Global Atlas will improve global renewable energy data. IRENA Senior Programme Officer Nicolas Fichaux said both IRENA and Vaisala had worked hard to cut barriers to new potential energy markets with these new maps. Fichaux also said Vaisala’s ongoing support for IRENA shows how private sector companies understand the complexities of trying to reach new renewable energy markets.
((Clean Technica (USA), 19 Aug 2016)

Dominican Republic can triple renewable energy share by 2030, new IRENA report finds

The Dominican Republic could increase the share of modern renewable energy in its energy mix from 9 to 27 per cent by 2030, according to a new report launched by IRENA. The report from IRENA, Renewable Energy Prospects: Dominican Republic, finds the country could increase the share of renewables in the power sector alone from 12 to 44 per cent by 2030.
((Renewable Energy Focus (UK), 2 Aug 2016)

Solar Impulse 2: Flying the flag for solar power

In its round-the-world tour, the plane Solar Impulse 2 has become a showcase for Sun-powered technology, featuring innovations which could have a bright commercial future. The plane can store enough energy in its batteries to fly through the night. "The plane has the wingspan of a 747 but only the weight of a car - it had to be designed with the principle of efficiency first and foremost," said Adnan Amin, head of IRENA. The breakthrough has been made possible by several technological advances by industry partners in the project.
((Yahoo News), 26 July 2016)

Interview Adnan Amin, head of IRENA: "Everything we see is pointing to transformational change"

“Everything we are seeing is pointing to transformational change in the energy sector”, says Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General of IRENA. “We don’t need a miracle, it’s already happening.” Amin, under whose leadership IRENA has become the world’s fastest-growing intergovernmental organisation with over 170 member countries, says that renewables are growing much faster than most people realise.
(Energy Post (Netherlands), 13 Jul 2016)

European offshore wind developers join forces with the Carbon Trust to slash costs of offshore wind

The Carbon Trust revealed details of a new European phase of its world-leading Offshore Wind Accelerator programme. Over the next four years the developers will collectively invest at least £6.4 million, boosted by a further £1.5 million from the Scottish Government. The investment will bring new innovations to market that will help to ensure that the typical cost of offshore wind is below £100 per MWh by 2020. Offshore wind offers greater economic and employment opportunities. Estimates from IRENA show that jobs in the European offshore wind industry increased twelvefold between 2007 (6,370) to 2014 (75,000).
(Business Wire (USA), 11 July 2016)

G20 ministers recognise progress on renewables

Energy Ministers and other senior officials recognised recent progress to scale up renewable energy and examined opportunities for even greater action today on the sidelines of the G20 Energy Ministers meeting taking place this week in Beijing. Before the start of the official meeting, participants joined IRENA to take stock of work completed under the G20 'Toolkit of Voluntary Options for Renewable Energy Deployment', adopted last year at the first-ever G20 Energy Ministers meeting in Istanbul.
(Khaleej Times (UAE), 1 July 2016)

“Three Amigos” pledge 50% clean power goal by 2025

Global energy-storage capacity, including via batteries, may reach 325 gigawatts by 2030, up 117% from 2014, according to data from IRENA. Storage demand is set to rise as the grid’s share of energy from variable renewable sources, mainly wind and solar, increases to about 20% from 3%. According to the IRENA report the U.S. grid could accommodate more than 25% of its power coming from renewable sources, up from less than 5% in 2014.
(Bloomberg (USA) , 28 Jun 2016)

Why Solar Energy Has Explosive Potential for Investors

The rise in average global temperature over the past 50 years has occurred at a higher rate than ever before, and solar photovoltaic power appears poised to help tackle the issue. According to IRENA the amount of global energy generated from PV is expected to grow from 2% in 2016 to 13% in 2030, over six times higher. The expansion of the solar industry is guided by cost reductions, including expected reductions of about 60% over the course of the next decade.
(Yahoo via Zacks (USA) , 28 Jun 2016)

Solar Power to Grow Sixfold as Sun Becoming Cheapest Resource

The amount of electricity generated using solar panels stands to expand as much as sixfold by 2030 as the cost of production falls below competing natural gas and coal-fired plants, according to IRENA. Solar plants using photovoltaic technology could account for 8 percent to 13 percent of global electricity produced in 2030, compare with 1.2 percent at the end of last year.
(Bloomberg (USA) , 22 Jun 2016)

Solar panel recycling market could be worth $15bn by 2050

According a new report released by IRENA and the International Energy Agency's Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme, recycling or repurposing solar PV panels at the end of their working life - around 30 years can unlock a large stock of raw materials and other valuable components. Although solar PV recycling is still a relatively young industry, renewables targets and subsidies have seen capacity increase significantly in the UK and other EU countries, while the US, India and China are also now beginning to experience growth.
(Business Green (UK) , 20 Jun 2016)

Cost of Clean Energy Seen Nosediving Into the Next Decade

The cost of renewables technology is set to keep falling into the next decade, boosting the economic case for clean energy, according to an industry group. The average cost of electricity from a photovoltaic system is forecast to plunge as much as 59 percent by 2025, according to a report by IRENA. The technology last year produced energy that was already 58 percent cheaper than it was in 2010, the Abu Dhabi-based industry group said.
(Bloomberg (USA), 15 Jun 2016)

Solar and wind costs could fall up to 59 percent by 2025, study says

The average cost of electricity generated by solar and wind energy could fall by up to 59 percent by 2025 if the right policies are in place, a report by IRENA. Since 2009, solar photovoltaic (PV) module prices have fallen by 80 percent and wind turbine prices have fallen by around 30-40 percent as renewable energy capacity has grown to record levels and technologies have improved.
(Reuters (UK) , 15 Jun 2016)

IRENA joins public/private sector initiative to boost corporate sourcing of renewables

IRENA joins the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance, RE100, World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the World Resources Institute as initiative partners. At the government level, Germany and Denmark will lead the campaign in collaboration with China, the European Union, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Together with the 23 CEM member governments and the European Union, campaign partners will develop and deploy enabling policies and resources to help businesses source more renewable energy.
(Renewable Energy Focus (UK), 10 Jun 2016)

Renewable energy smashes global records in 2015, report shows

An upsurge in new wind, solar and hydro plants and capacity saw renewable energy smash global records last year, according to a report on new supply. Clean energy investment increased to $286bn, with solar energy accounting for 56% of the total and wind power for 38%. According to IRENA, employment in the clean energy sector grew by 6% in 2015, while jobs in the oil industry contracted by 18%.
(The Guardian (UK) , 1 Jun 2016)

What Does $50 Oil Mean for Clean Energy? (Video)

Adnan Amin, director general of IRENA, discusses the growth in the renewable energy sector and what oil at $50 a barrel means for the industry. He speaks to Manus Cranny on "Bloomberg Markets Middle East."
(Bloomberg (USA), 30 May 2016

Green jobs grow as oil employment falls

The number of jobs in the global renewable energy industry grew by 5 per cent last year, in stark contrast to the steep losses suffered by the oil and gas sector. Solar, wind and other clean energy companies employed 8.1m people worldwide in 2015, up from 7.7m the previous year, according to data released by IRENA. The agency says today’s 8.1m renewable energy jobs should swell to more than 24m by 2030, assuming the share of renewables in the global energy mix doubles.
(Financial Times (UK) , 25 May 2016)

Clean-Energy Jobs Surpass Oil Drilling for First Time in U.S.

The number of U.S. jobs in solar energy overtook those in oil and natural gas extraction for the first time last year, helping drive a global surge in employment in the clean-energy business as fossil-fuel companies faltered. Employment in the U.S. solar business grew 12 times faster than overall job creation, IRENA said in a report on Wednesday. About 8.1 million people worldwide had jobs in the clean energy in 2015, up from 7.7 million in 2014.
(Bloomberg (USA) , 25 May 2016)

UAE- IRENA celebrates first five years, looks ahead to next five

On 23rd May 2016 at its headquarters in Masdar City, IRENA gathered Member State representatives, international stakeholders and local leaders to celebrate its fifth year of operations. Since its first Assembly, 80 additional countries have joined the Agency bringing its total membership to 148, with 28 more countries in the process of joining. "The five years since the establishment of IRENA as a fully-fledged intergovernmental organisation have seen unprecedented development in the deployment of renewable energy at a global scale," said Adnan Z. Amin, IRENA Director-General.
(Emirates News Agency (WAM) (UAE), 24 May 2016)

New High For Renewable Energy

MENA countries have tremendous potential for clean energy on account of their growing populations and abundant solar and wind resources. According to the IRENA, the region is anticipating renewable energy investment of $35 billion per year by 2020. The rapid growth of global renewable energy sector in the past few years is the strongest signal yet for investors and corporations to take the plunge towards green energy and low-carbon growth.
(Forbes Middle East (UAE) Salman Zafar , 23 May 2016)

Doubling renewable energy by 2030 could save the global economy trillions of dollars every year

Can doubling renewable energy capacity really save that much money? Yes, but it’s complicated, says Dolf Gielen, director of IRENA’s Innovation and Technology Center in Bonn, Germany. Gielen says IRENA looked at both the cost of accelerating renewables deployment and the savings generated from moving away from fossil fuels. They concluded that investment in renewables would have to quadruple from around $300 billion a year today to around $1.3 trillion a year.
(Public Radio International (USA), 21 May 2016)

Business models may be biggest breakthrough for clean tech

Cheaper batteries, taller wind turbines and more efficient photovoltaics are important advances for cutting greenhouse gas emission, but they won't be enough if companies go bankrupt trying to bring them to market or can't fund them in the first place. "Innovation includes, of course, technology," said Dolf Gielen, director of the Innovation and Technology Centre at IRENA. "Technology alone is not enough; we also need innovation in policy frameworks, in business models."
(E&E Publishing (USA) , 16 May 2016)

Power Up: Delivering renewable energy in Africa

Following high-level declarations at the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Conference in late 2015, there is a growing appetite for renewable energy in Africa. According to IRENA’s latest data, the installed renewable power generation capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa currently stands slightly below 30 GW, roughly 25-30% of the installed power base, but this is dominated by large hydro, with other renewables collectively accounting for just 4-5% of power generation.
(The Economist (UK) , 11 May 2016)

Countries eyeing coal-fired plants must reassess energy strategy: IRENA

Countries that plan to build coal-fired power plants need to reassess their energy strategy because such facilities may not be a viable investment, the head of IRENA said on Monday. "I think (those) countries will have to seriously reassess their energy strategy," IRENA's Director-General Adnan Z. Amin told Reuters on the sidelines of a Group of Seven energy ministers' meeting in Kitakyushu, southwestern Japan.
(Reuters (UK) , 2 May 2016)

Sustainable mobility: 3 steps to scaling up renewables in transport

Recent analysis by IRENA shows that quadrupling the share of renewables in transportation from about 3% at present to 11% or more in 2030 is not only necessary, it is doable with existing technologies. However there is no one-size-fits-all solution due to regional differences in modes of transport. To achieve an 11% share of renewables in transport, three things must happen.
(Huffington Post (USA) , 2 May 2016)

Germany's Energiewende goes global

Outlined in the report "REmap: Roadmap for a Renewable Energy Future", IRENA argues that in order to double the share of renewables, the world community would need to invest $770 billion annually up to 2030. But the return on investment will be huge, IRENA argues. Savings achieved - thanks to avoided expenditure on air pollution and climate change - are up to 15 times higher than the cost. And job creation will boost the economy.
(Deutsche Welle (Germany), 22 Apr 2016)

The real cost of energy: why renewables make more sense

Energy-related greenhouse gas emissions have plateaued for the second year running - an extraordinary fact considering the global economy grew by more than 3% in the same period. This news, coming just before leaders from 130+ countries gather in New York this week to sign the Paris Agreement, provides a welcome sign of real progress in the fight against climate change
(The Huffington Post (UK), 20 Apr 2016)

Follow the sun

Across the developing world, solar power is hitting its stride. In some countries solar PV is becoming competitive even without financial support. The main factor behind the price drop is an 80% fall in the cost of solar panels since 2010, according to IRENA, an industry body.
(The Economist (UK), 16 Apr 2016)

Corporate winners and losers amid the oil price crash

The number of countries with renewable energy targets has soared from just 73 in 2010 to 164 in 2015, data from the International Renewable Energy Agency show. That is one reason the oil rout has failed to dent healthy annual growth in renewable power-generating capacity.
(Financial Times (UK), 12 Apr 2016)

Clean Energy Is Growing Faster Than Ever Before

Renewable energy capacity grew faster than ever before, with a worldwide increase of 152 gigawatts, or about 8.3 percent, according to a report released by IRENA. “Renewable energy deployment continues to surge in markets around the globe, even in an era of low oil and gas prices,” Adnan Z. Amin, director general of IRENA, said in a statement.
(Huffington Post (USA) , 7 Apr 2016)

Global renewables grew at fastest rate on record in 2015: research

Renewable energy generation capacity expanded by 8.3 percent last year to 1,985 gigawatts globally, the fastest annual rate on record, data from IRENA showed on Thursday. The strong growth was mainly due to a continued decline in technology costs. Overall, capacity has increased by roughly a third over the last five years, mostly fueled by new installations of wind and solar energy.
(Reuters (USA), 7 Apr 2016)

Renewables posted record growth rate in 2015: IRENA

Renewable energy capacity grew worldwide by a record 8.3 percent in 2015, according to a report published Thursday by a global green energy organisation. "As of the end of 2015, 1,985 GW of renewable generation capacity existed globally," the IRENA said in a statement. "Renewable energy deployment continues to surge in markets around the globe, even in an era of low oil and gas prices," said IRENA Director General Adnan Amin.
(France 24 via AFP (France), 7 Apr 2016)

IRENA set to be a leading organisation in the world

IRENA is marking five years since its formation in the capital, with officials saying the organisation will become “one of the most important organisations in the world". It is already the fastest-growing agency in the world, in part a result of a shift in the energy sector, said Irena director general Adnan Amin. “Technology costs of renewables have plummeted, investment is growing year over year and global capacity additions have skyrocketed," he said.
(The National (UAE), 4 Apr 2016)

State of the transition, March: Falling global carbon emissions from energy (Analysis)

The great global energy transition is accelerating. Who could have imagined a few years ago that global carbon emissions would stall in 2015, spurred by a rise in renewable energy. IRENA released a landmark report showing good business sense behind such a move. Doubling the share of renewables in global energy supply to 36% by 2030 ca save trillions of dollars, they calculate.
(Huffington Post (USA), 4 Apr 2016)

Will China's five-year plan reinvigorate its economy?

According to new research by IRENA, doubling the share of renewables in the world's energy by 2030 could save the world economy up to $4.2trillion a year. The latest findings say doubling our reliance on renewables such as solar and wind to 36 percent by the year 2030 was "not only feasible" but "cheaper" than continuing on our existing path.
(Al Jazeera (Qatar), 20 Mar 2016)

Doubling renewables by 2030 could save $4.2 trillion a year - research

Doubling the share of renewables in the global energy mix to 36 percent by 2030 could save the world economy up to $4.2 trillion a year, research by the IRENA. Renewable sources, such as wind and solar, accounted for around 18 percent of global energy consumption in 2014. Under existing national policies, the share of renewables is forecast to reach 21 percent by 2030.
(Reuters (UK) , 17 Mar 2016)

This May Be One $4.2 Trillion Reason to Double Green Energy

Boosting renewable energy generation to meet global climate goals could save as much as $4.2 trillion a year by 2030, according to a new report asking lawmakers to strengthen clean energy policies. Doubling the share of renewables in the world’s energy mix to 36 percent between now and 2030 would cost $290 billion a year and limit global warming to below two degrees Celsius, according IRENA report.
(Bloomberg (USA) , 17 Mar 2016)

China has huge potential for water and emissions efficiency: IRENA report

Scaling up renewable energy and introducing improved plant cooling technologies in China's power sector can reduce water-intensity up to 42 percent and emissions-intensity up to 37 percent by 2030, said the IRENA. The findings were published in a new joint brief by the Abu Dhabi-based IRENA and China Water Risk, a not-for-profit initiative dedicated to addressing environmental and business risks.
(Xinhua (China) , 10 Mar 2016)

Is the wind industry still a safe bet for investors?

For investors who seek long-term low-risk investments, the 20 year lifespan of an onshore wind farm is an attractive prospect. The widely lauded success of the global deal on climate change agreed at Paris in December is likely to bolster the confidence of investors, although Dolf Gielen, director of IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre says the industry’s potential is far greater.
(The Guardian (UK) , 9 Mar 2016)

In the Unlikely Venue of Abu Dhabi, the World Charts a New Clean Energy Course

A recent IRENA study, for example, projects that increasing renewables' share of generation to 36% by 2030 would increase global GDP by 1.1% ($1.3 trillion) and create 24 million jobs. "It is unprecedented in any energy sector to have seen such a rapid change in such a short time," said Adnan Z. Amin, the affable Kenyan who chairs IRENA, about the rapid scale-up of renewable generation worldwide in this decade.
(Huffington Post (USA) , 3 Mar 2016)

Beyond 2015 – Translating The 2030 Development Agenda & The Paris Agreement Into Action (Video)

Adnan Z. Amin Director-General IRENA noted there are now 164 renewable energy targets from countries worldwide. And he highlighted two goals: doubling of renewable energy additions by 2030, providing 50% of the industry’s necessary carbon reductions, and another 50% reductions in CO2 emission from energy efficiency improvements.
(Clean Technica (USA) , 22 Feb 2016)

Scaling up solar after Paris

“Paris gives us a framework to move forward but the immediate impact on the solar industry is not going to be noticed for some time,” says Michael Taylor, senior analyst at the IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre in Bonn, Germany. “Like all things, there is an element of inertia in moving from agreements to implementation. It will take some time for the coordination of additional policies to come through.”
(PV Tech Org (UK) , 18 Feb 2016)

Despite cheap oil Pacific SIDS focused on renewables

Many of the Pacific small island developing states are benefiting from declining global oil prices but their governments’ commitment to becoming energy independent by using renewables remains intact. “The vast majority of Pacific islands are largely dependent on imported oil,” Dolf Gielen, director of IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre, said. “Lower oil prices benefit consumers so they are seeing the real benefits today.”
(SciDev.Net (UK) , 17 Feb 2016)

Djibouti seeking 100% green energy by 2020

The government’s goal of meeting 100% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020 is within reach, according to the IRENA. In a recent readiness assessment, IRENA found the country could reach its target by investing in geothermal, wind and solar projects, while also strengthening its hydropower links to Ethiopia.
(Oxford Business Group (UK), 9 Feb 2016)

Sheltered from biggest risks, green fuel to ride out oil crash

Improved technology means onshore wind is often the cheapest energy, with costs as low as 4 U.S. cents per kilowatt hour, although offshore is still expensive at 10-22 cents kWh, IRENA said. New renewable energy investment in 2015 rose to $280 billion, up from $270 billion in 2014, IRENA said, adding the growth would continue.
(Reuters (UK), 8 Feb 2016)

Green jobs boom: meet the frontline of the new solar economy

While the price of oil is plummeting, taking with it a significant number of jobs, the renewable energy job market is booming. It is estimated that it will grow to 24m jobs worldwide by 2030 up from 9.2m reported in 2014 according to analysis by IRENA which predicts that doubling the proportion of renewables in the global energy mix would increase GDP by up to $1.3tn across the world.
(The Guardian (UK), 1 Feb 2016)

How to Finance a Trillion-Dollar Climate Change Opportunity

According to a report released last by IRENA, merely doubling the amount of clean energy by 2030 from 2010 levels an increase well short of the increase modeled by BNEF for 2040 lifts global GDP by $1.3 trillion. And improvements in human welfare would go well beyond gains in GDP, thanks to the range of social and health benefits of clean energy. That includes millions of additional jobs.
(GreenTech Media (USA) , 1 Feb 2016)

What is holding back the growth of solar power?

Dolf Gielen, director of IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre in Bonn, Germany said he expected strong growth in desert areas, such as Morocco and South Africa, where this source of power was particularly effective. In developing countries, solar is the technology of the moment. China, already the world’s largest solar producer, has added almost as much solar capacity in the first quarter of this year.
(The Guardian (UK) , 31 Jan 2016)

Global Renewable Energy Investments a Win-Win Scenario

The Paris climate change agreement adopted at the end of 2015 has put renewable energy at the heart of global energy system with investments expected to grow further even amidst the decline in fossil fuels. Dr. Rabia Ferroukhi, the Deputy Director of the Knowledge Policy at IRENA said the deployment of renewable energy technologies and investments is likely to increase given that almost half of the 185 Intended Nationally Determined Contributions submitted before the Paris COP21 had explicit energy targets mainly targeting increased deployment of renewables.
(Inter Press Service News Agency (Italy) , 29 Jan 2016)

UN urges business leaders to double investment in green energy by 2020

A few days earlier, the annual meeting of IRENA in Abu Dhabi was told that doubling renewable energy to 36% of the global energy mix by 2030 would take countries halfway to the Paris goal of limiting warming to 2C, and increase global GDP by up to $1.3tn. “We had this extraordinary agreement in Paris, we have got points on the horizon,” Rachel Kyte, the UN special envoy for sustainable energy, said on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi meetings.
(The Guardian (UK), 27 Jan 2016)

Doubling The Share Of Renewable Energy By 2030 Could Increase Global GDP By $1.3 Trillion

A recent report by the Abu Dhabi based IRENA, tells a different story. According to the research, doubling the current share of renewable energy in the global energy mix would increase global GDP by up to 1.1 per cent, roughly US$ 1.3 trillion, by 2030. And it would reach that goal while increasing, at the same time, global welfare and quality of life.
(Forbes (USA), 25 Jan 2016)

Nicaragua Joins Clean Energy Revolution - Vows 90% Renewables by 2020

Costa Rica is well-known for its ambitious development of renewable energy, but neighboring country Nicaragua has been charging ahead on renewables, too. An IRENA report from January 2015 found that Nicaragua’s renewable energy sector has a bright future, both for utility-scale and small-scale projects, due to the country’s largely untapped renewable resources.
(EcoWatch, 8 Jan 2016)

Renewable Energy Is a Direct Way of Decarbonization of the Global Energy Mix (Chinese)

IRENA recently release the report entitled "Rethinking Energy: renewable energy and climate change." The report notes that the development of renewable energy will contribute to global economic growth and sustainable development and in 2030 the transition to a sustainable energy future is technically and economically feasible. Effective action to address climate change need to be strengthened for renewable energy investments.
(BJX, 7 Jan 2015)

How Water Could Fix Utility Energy Storage Woes

Chemical batteries are typically installed at the electricity distribution level, where in addition to storage they provide other services, such as closing the gap between supply and demand in increments measured in milliseconds, noted Ruud Kempener, an analyst with IRENA in Bonn. In contrast, the capacity of pumped storage hydro systems ranges from the hundreds to thousands of megawatts, providing flexibility to the electric system as a whole.
(GreenBiz, 5 Jan 2016)

European Energy Commissions 50 MW of Danish Solar PV

Following on the heels of the construction of Denmark's largest solar plant at 60 MW, Danish wind and solar developer European Energy A/S has announced that it has completed 50.4 MW of solar projects in Vandel, Denmark. While Denmark is more known for having the highest share of wind in its electricity mix of any nation on Earth, it also reached 603 MW of installed PV in 2014, according to estimates by IRENA.
(PV Magazine, 23 Dec 2015)

Solar Power Surges – Slowly – in Regulation-heavy Russia

Earlier this year Russia joined the International Renewable Energy Agency, and officials are involved in public discussions on the importance of developing clean energy.
(Thomson Reuters Foundation, 21 Dec 2015)

COP21: Green energy is full of promise (French)

36 countries in Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America and Europe launched a new initiative to mobilize finance and develop geothermal energy, which still accounts for only 12 gigawatts of energy worldwide. "There is proven geothermal potential in nearly 90 countries but nearly 90% remains untapped,” says IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin.
(Le Monde, 8 Dec 2015)

The Reliability of Renewable Energy Systems: Why the Conventional Wisdom Is Wrong (op-ed by the Director-General)

For the first time at any UN climate conference, renewable energy is taking center stage from now through "Energy Day" on December 7th. And for good reason. Renewable energy, no longer the new kid on the block, is now capturing market share from fossil fuels and nuclear energy at an unprecedented rate.
(The Huffington Post, 4 Dec 2015)

IRENA Is Asking to Double the Investment in Renewables to Fight against Climate Change (Spanish)

IRENA states that in order to meet the global goal of the average temperature not rising more than two degrees at the end of the century, it will need to duplicate the installation of clean energy over the next 15 years.
(El País, 4 Dec 2015)

Should We Be Aiming to Keep Global Warming to 1.5C Not 2C?

2C - it’s become shorthand for a safe, equitable climate deal. But the science and the UN’s position is unequivocal that if the world warms 2C above the pre-industrial age by 2100, many countries will face unbearable devastation. Adnan Amin, Director-General of IRENA, said staying at 1.5C was technologically feasible, although “very hard”. “If we factor all the other elements like reforestation, it may be possible,” he said.
(The Guardian, 2 Dec 2015)

There’s A Workable Plan for Lowering Global Emissions by 40% in 20 Years

IRENA estimated in 2013 that, in all regions of the world, average costs of generating electricity with most clean renewable-energy sources wind, hydro, geothermal, and low-emissions bioenergy are now at rough parity with fossil fuels. This is without even factoring in the environmental costs of burning oil, coal, and natural gas, the cost of which would of course rise through a carbon tax or cap.
(Quartz, 2 Dec 2015)

The Falling Costs of Renewable Energy: No More Excuses (op-ed by the Director-General)

Historically, cost was cited as one of the primary barriers to switching from fossil-based energy sources like oil, coal and gas to renewable energy sources like solar, wind and geothermal. But the narrative has now changed. Plummeting costs for renewable energy technologies are making a global energy transition not only possible, but actually less expensive than the alternative.
(The Huffington Post, 30 Nov 2015)

World Leaders Open Paris Climate Change Talks

Four years of planning, debating and hyping UN climate change negotiations came to a head this morning on the outskirts of Paris as French President François Hollande officially opened the talks to see a new global accord. Adnan Amin, Director-General of IRENA said, “It is excellent that the private sector is stepping up to the plate. If we can use a new push on research and development, it will be a dramatic change.”
(Scientific American, 30 Nov 2015)

IRENA: Renewables Set to Deliver Climate Solution

The renewable energy organization's latest report outlines actions that can limit the global temperature increase to below 2 degrees Celsius by accelerating the transition to renewable energy. REthinking Energy 2015 Renewable Energy and Climate finds that achieving a 36% share of renewable energy by 2030 would result in half of all emission reductions needed to maintain a 2 degree pathway.
(PV Magazine, 26 Nov 2015)

100% Renewable-Powered World ‘Technically Feasible and Economically Viable’ by 2030

Many doubt the scientific, technical and economic feasibility of achieving 100 percent renewable energy in a single country or even globally. But this vision has never been more realistic than now, according to the latest IRENA report. The report by IRENA, REthinking Energy, points out that the transition to a sustainable energy future by 2030 is technically feasible and economically viable. - See more at: http://www.irena.org/home/index.aspx?PriMenuID=12&mnu=PriPriMenuID=12&mnu=Pri#sthash.GX3dJpV2.dpuf
(Eco Watch, 24 Nov 2015)

Renewables are Changing the Climate Narrative from Sacrifice to Opportunity (op-ed by the Director-General)

For the first time at any climate conference, renewable energy solutions will take centre stage in a series of high-profile events coupled with new commitments and announcements. In doing so, it will also transform the climate change narrative from one of managing constraints to one of opportunity.
(The Guardian, 19 Nov 2015)

Renewable Energy Offers Speed and Scale Needed for Climate Action (op-ed by the Director-General)

As world leaders prepare to gather in Paris to finalize an international climate agreement, it is important to emphasize that renewable energy and energy efficiency are the more compelling means currently available to achieve the needed emission reductions in the amount of time remaining to achieve them.
(The Huffington Post, 19 Nov 2015)

Latest Funding for Developing World Renewables Launched by IRENA and Abu Dhabi Fund for Development

IRENA and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development are seeking applications to fund renewable energy projects in developing countries through concessionary loans. The continued partnership between ADFD and IRENA brings funding to the places where it can have the most impact and where financing is one of the greatest challenges,” IRENA director-general Adnan Z. Amin said. 
(PV Tech, 16 Nov 2015)

IRENA and ADFD Open New USD 50 Million Round of Funding for Renewable Energy in Developing Countries

IRENA in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development is now welcoming applications for a fourth round of funding to support renewable energy projects in developing countries. Funding from the IRENA/ADFD Project Facility boosts renewable energy growth in developing countries and offers sustainable and affordable energy to millions of people with limited or no access to electricity.
(Solar Server, 16 Nov 2015)

Whatever Happens in Paris: Four Reasons Why the Future Will Be Fueled by Renewable Energy (Analysis)

More than 60 ministers gathered in Paris over the last three days to help shape the outcome of climate negotiations this December. Regardless of what appears in the final agreement, however, it is already clear that a low carbon future will be fueled by renewable energy. Whatever comes out of Paris, one thing is sure: the future belongs to renewable energy.
(The Huffington Post, 11 Nov 2015)

Report: Germany Will Miss 2030 Renewable Energy Targets Unless Current Policies Change

Germany will miss its 2030 renewable energy targets if current policies do not change, according to a new report by IRENA. However, there is potential to meet, or even exceed them, if renewables are better deployed in the power and end use sectors. Under the Remap 2030 scenario, IRENA says there is potential for additional renewable deployment utilizing technologies available today.
(PV Magazine, 10 Nov 2015)

International Energy Transformation Forum Issued the " Suzhou Declaration " (Chinese)

The International Energy Transformation Forum hosted by China National Energy Bureau and IRENA was held in Suzhou. To further promote global energy revolution, IRENA Director-General Adnan Amin proposed the establishment of the International Union energy change, and the establishment of IRENA - China Energy Research Centre for the exchange and cooperation.
(China 5E, 9 Nov 2015)

Geothermal Funding Group Pre-qualifies $65M for East Africa Projects

The Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility for East Africa recently said it has pre-qualified developers for $65 million in funding of 14 geothermal projects in Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Comoros. Five of the projects are located in Kenya, according to the report Africa 2030: Roadmap for a Renewable Energy Future. The report, which was released by IRENA, said that Africa currently has a total of 606 MW of installed capacity, and the total potential geothermal capacity in Africa is estimated to be 15 GW.
(Renewable Energy World, 3 Oct 2015)

Renewables Key in Race Against Climate Change Clock

Any plausible game plan for capping the rise of Earth's surface temperature depends on replacing fossil fuels with energy sources that generate little or no carbon pollution. Decarbonising energy is probably the quickest way to decarbonise the world," Adnan Amin, Director-General of IRENA, said. The question, however, is whether solar, wind and other clean energy options can scale up quickly enough.
(PHYS.org, 1 Nov 2015)

Think We Can’t Stabilize the Climate While Fostering Growth? Think Again.

IRENA reports that, in all regions of the world, average costs of generating energy with most clean renewable sources are now at rough parity with those of fossil fuels. This means that households, businesses, and public enterprises that substitute clean renewables for fossil fuels will not need to pay more to meet their energy needs.
(The Nation, 27 Oct 2015)

Poland Can Increase Renewable Energy Nearly Five-fold by 2030 Finds New Report

Poland can increase its share of renewable energy from seven per cent in 2010 to nearly 38 per cent by 2030, according to IRENA. Poland can increase renewable energy nearly five-fold by 2030.
(Renewable Energy Magazine, 27 Oct 2015)

As Oil Industry Bleeds Jobs, Asia's Green Energy Drive Offers Bright Spot

Renewables are powering a rare bright spot in the energy industry, with record job hiring in solar, wind and hydro partly offsetting the biggest round of job losses in the oil and gas sector in almost two decades. Direct and indirect employment in renewable energy jumped 18 percent, or by about 1.2 million, last year to 7.7 million globally, with most of the new jobs being created in Asia, according to IRENA.
(Reuters, 25 Oct 2015)

High-resolution Global Wind Energy Map Launched

A free map containing the most detailed publicly available information on global wind energy potential has been launched this week. The wind atlas, which was developed by IRENA and the Technical University of Denmark and is funded by the Danish government, is the most recent addition to IRENA's renewable energy mapping toolkit.
(Business Green, 22 Oct 2015)

Unleashing the Power of Women in the Renewable Energy Sector (Analysis)

Evidence from many sectors suggests that integrating women into all levels of the energy value chain will lead to more effective clean energy initiatives, unleash greater return on investments, and expand emission reduction opportunities. Adnan Z. Amin, IRENA Director-General says, "We have also found that the employment of women in the US solar industry is on the rise, increasing from 26,700 to 37,500 last year."
(The Huffington Post, 20 Oct 2015)

Where Is the World's Windiest City? Spoiler Alert: It's Not Chicago

Wind power is the obvious upside of a breezy climate, and Wellington has 62 turbines set on the hills around the city. Christian Kjaer of IRENA says “Onshore wind is doing great because New Zealand has a fantastic wind resource. Wellington is a very good example of how well onshore wind competes with fossil fuels and other sources in free competition where there are no subsidies”.
(The Guardian, 15 Oct 2015)

The International Energy Agency consistently underestimates wind and solar power. Why?

IEA should partner with IRENA, an international think tank created specifically to analyze the development of renewable energy. IRENA's assumptions and projections have proven much more accurate than IEA's. Governments and stakeholders would be better served if the two organizations put their heads together and published a joint study on the economics of and potential for renewables in the power sector.
(Vox, 13 Oct 2015)

New IRENA Guide Helps Countries Integrate Larger Share of Renewable Energy

A new report from IRENA aims to assist countries in their transition to renewable energy-based power systems. “There is enormous growth potential for solar photovoltaics and wind power in almost all countries, but we are still at a relatively early stage in global deployment” said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin. “The development of national roadmaps for power sector transformation can ensure that measures are adapted to local conditions, stakeholders are aligned at an early stage, and ambitious renewable energy targets are realized.”
(Renewable Energy Magazine, 8 Oct 2015)

IRENA Calls for Energy Roadmaps to Integrate Renewables

IRENA has released a new report outlining measures for the development of national roadmaps to assist in the transition to renewables in a country’s power grid. IRENA says that while international cooperation is important, it is crucial to develop national roadmaps with tailored, local solutions, as each country situation is unique.
(PV Magazine, 8 Oct 2015)

Renewables Could Supply Nearly a Quarter of Africa's Energy by 2030: Report

IRENA report says the continent has the potential to quadruple the proportion of its energy supplied by renewables. Almost a quarter of Africa’s energy needs could feasibly be supplied by renewables within the next 15 years, according to a new report by IRENA) yesterday. The report, which provides a roadmap for renewable energy deployment on the continent, found that a variety of modern renewable technology options could more than quadruple.
(The Guardian, 6 Oct 2015)

South Africa: Minister Announces 10 Small-Scale IPPs

Mr. Adnan Amin, the Director-General of IRENA said Africa had the potential of upping its generation of renewable energy from 5 per cent to 22 per cent by 2030. He said as the demand for electricity is projected to grow by 2030, renewable energy would contribute towards the electrifying of households across the continent.
(All Africa, 5 Oct 2015)

G20 Energy Ministers Heart Renewables, Squash “Energy Poverty” Case For Fossil Fuels

The new G20 renewable energy toolkit is a voluntary one its full title is “Toolkit of Voluntary Options for Renewable Energy Deployment.” However , baby steps. IRENA emphasizes that the G20 meeting in Turkey marks the first time that renewable energy has ever been on the G20 agenda. According to IRENA, G20 countries account for 75% of global renewable energy deployment potential, so progress among G20 countries will have a significant impact.
(Clean Technica, 3 Oct 2015)

G20 Armed with Renewables Toolkit

Twenty of the world’s leading economies have affirmed their commitment to renewable energy at a meeting of G20 energy ministers in Turkey. Participants on Friday endorsed an 11-point programme that included a “toolkit” produced by international renewables body IRENA. The toolkit provides "options for G20 countries to take a long-term, integrated and sustainable approach towards enhanced deployment of renewable energy”, said IRENA.
(ReNews, 3 Oct 2015)

IRENA Headquarters in Masdar City – A Green Office in Abu Dhabi (Magazine Page 62)

The new IRENA headquarters enables IRENA to lead by example in operating from a building that is a symbol of sustainable design and development. The complex received Four Pearls, the highest rating from Estidama. As the UAE’s first Four Pearl structure, IRENA’s HQ is one of the most advanced buildings in the country as well as one of the most sustainable of any international organisation worldwide.
(South East Asia Building, 30 Sep 2015)

Nike, Goldman Sachs, Procter & Gamble Agree Going 100% Renewable Is Good for Business

Nike's sustainability chief said RE100 sends a market signal that there is "new business in town, that rapidly transitioning to 100% renewables is good business for a lot of people", during a RE100 discussion panel at Climate Week NYC. The panel was moderated by the Director General of IRENA, Adnan Amin, who noted the increasing support for renewable energy, commending RE100 partners like Nike, Inc., Goldman Sachs and Procter & Gamble for "driving the consciousness of global decision makers."
(The Climate Group, 28 Sep 2015)

Why Do Biofuels Seem to Be Stalled?

On the heels of the VW scandal, many are asking why eco-friendly transport seems to be stalled. Biofuels that don't compete with food production may indeed play an important future role, says Nicholas Wagner of IRENA. Nicholas Wagner said, if you look at sustainability in the transport sector, there are several drivers: reducing greenhouse gas emissions, energy diversification, and technology development.
(DW.com, 24 Sep 2015)

Tech Briefs: App Provides Data on Global Renewable Energy Potential

IRENA has launched a free app to allow smartphone users to access data on global renewable energy potential. The Global Atlas pocket combines 1,000 maps from 67 governments and 50 data centers to provide information on renewable energy resources worldwide. According to IRENA, "The app turns mobile devices into renewable energy prospectors and can help answer questions like, can renewable energy power 100 percent of this island?"
(Renewable Energy World, 17 Sep 2015)

Utility-scale Battery Market to Hit $8.3bn by 2024

The market for utility-scale battery storage is expected to increase 18-fold by 2024, according to analysis released by market research firm Frost & Sullivan. The IRENA has predicted the planet will need to triple its battery storage capacity to 150GW by 2030, in order to support an energy grid increasingly powered by renewables.
(Edie.Net, 17 Sep 2015)

Using Kirigami the Japanese Art of Paper Cutting to Build Better Solar Panels

Engineers attempting to make solar energy more affordable for the average user have long faced a conundrum. The cost of solar modules has gone down dramatically over the years (about 75 percent since 2009, according to IRENA report), the price of installation has remained stubbornly high. The kirigami panels would likely be easier to install and require less heavy equipment.
(Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Sep 2015)

Green Energy for the Poor (op-ed)

Small-scale solar is only a start. Africa attracted $8 billion of investment in renewables last year, and IRENA estimates that its potential for wind and solar power amounts to more than 1.5 trillion gigawatt hours per year. There’s plenty of room for both bottom-up innovation and top-down support for green energy.
(The New York Times, 9 September 2015)

Why Small-scale Hydroelectric Plants Benefit Local Communities

At present, about 160 countries worldwide use hydropower technology for power generation, according to Adnan Amin, Director-General of IRENA. Adnan Amin admitted there have been some negative impacts from large dams in the past, especially in countries like Brazil. But such problems are increasingly a thing of the past, he said, and builders are now ready to learn from past mistakes.
(World Economic Forum, 3 September 2015)

Renewable Energy Is No longer a Political Issue (Swedish)

“Renewable energy development is increasingly independent of political conflicts,” said Adnan Z. Amin, IRENA Director-General.
(Svenska Dagbladet, 1 September 2015)

Behind Spanish Island’s ‘100% Renewable Energy’ Project Headlines

IRENA recently released its electricity storage technology roadmap, looking at how electricity storage can support the increased deployment of renewable energy. In light of this, PV Tech Storage spoke to Emanuele Taibi, Island Roadmaps Analyst for IRENA, about the specifics El Hierro’s storage technology and what factors could help it to run on 100% renewable energy and storage for even longer than four hours.
(PV Tech Storage, 31 August 2015)

As the Need for Power Surges are Small - or Big - Dams the Answer?

To provide more clean energy, particularly in fast-growing Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, the world needs more hydropower dams, energy experts say. At present, about 160 countries worldwide use hydropower technology for power generation, according to Adnan Amin, Director-General of IRENA. The power produced amounts to just under 16 percent of the world's total electricity generation, he said.
(Reuters, 28 August 2015)

The Intersection of Water Energy and Climate

This week, global experts gather in Stockholm for World Water Week amidst a backdrop of water-related crises worldwide. IRENA analysis finds that doubling the share of renewable energy, in particular solar PV and wind, could reduce water withdrawals in the power sector as much as 52 percent in the UK, 37 percent in the US, 32 percent in Australia, 28 percent in Germany and 12 percent in India.
(The Huffington Post, 24 August 2015)

World Water Forum Focuses on Role of Water for Development

Global leaders in the 25th annual World Water Week here urged global attention to the role of water for development and attempted to find solutions to the world's several escalating water crises. Other speakers at the opening session included Abdullah Ensour, Prime Minister of Jordan and Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General of the IRENA. During the week, complex challenges related to water and development will be addressed.
(Shanghai Daily, 24 August 2015)

Leaders in Water and Development Gather in Stockholm to Discuss World's Water Crises

World leaders, water experts and development professionals will meet in Stockholm 23-28 August to seek solutions to the world's several escalating water crises. Speakers at the Opening on 23 August will include the Prime Minister of Sweden, Stefan Löfven; the Prime Minister of Jordan; Abdullah Ensour; the President of the Marshall Islands, Christopher Loeak and the Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Adnan Z. Amin.
(Bloomberg, 19 August 2015)

Now Google Wants to Place the Sun on Your Rooftop

Google Inc. believes it can help you decide whether installing solar panels on your rooftop makes economic sense or not. Called Project Sunroof, Google is using its mapping and computing data resources to help calculate the “best solar plan for you”. According to IRENA, solar PV prices have fallen nearly 80% since 2008. Additionally, solar module efficiency has witnessed an annual increase of 3.5-4.5%.
(Live Mint, 19 August 2015)

Woods Bagot Installs 1000 Square Metres of Photovoltaic Panels onto IRENA HQ in Masdar City

Global design and consulting firm Woods Bagot were charged with designing the IRENA HQ based in the sustainable new-build city of Masdar in Abu Dhabi. The focus and priorities of the building was the use of passive design strategies, including enhanced thermal performance of the building envelope, an integrated shading strategy and maximum daylight and views.
(Designboom, 18 August 2015)

China's Achievements on Climate Change

Last year, IRENA published a report, predicting that China will expand its renewable energy consumption share from 13% to 26% by 2030; then become the largest renewable energy user around the world. Though some scholars worry that the assumption is over optimistic, Adnan Amin, head of the organization, emphasizes that China's potential should not be underrated.
(People's Daily, 10 Aug 2015)

Tanzania Maps Its Renewable Energy Future

Tanzania is mapping its potential to generate energy from renewable sources as part of an effort to bridge the East African nation's electricity deficit. In a report earlier this year, IRENA said it had observed significant cost reductions for renewable infrastructure in Africa in recent years, underscoring the benefits of renewable energy and the important of active policy support to governments. “African governments can lower costs for building renewable-energy facilities by benchmarking local methods to global best practices,” IRENA said.
(Thomson Reuters Foundation, 5 Aug 2015)

How Battery-powered Homes Are Unplugging Australia

IRENA predicts the global market for battery storage will grow from $US220 million ($302 million) in 2014 to $US18 billion by 2023. Ivor Frischknecht, chief executive of Australian Renewable Energy Agency, calls it an "energy revolution". "If batteries are cheap enough this value proposition will ensure that most homes have solar and storage within a few years," he says.
(Sydney Morning Herald, 1 August 2015)

Is This the Holy Grail of Batteries?

The electricity sector is expected to grow substantially with world population increasing at a rapid rate. "Globally, IRENA REmap 2030 report finds the share of renewables in the electricity sector must double to 45 per cent by 2030 and this would require an estimated 150 gigawatts of battery storage and 325 gigawatts of pumped storage hydroelectricity.
(The Age, 26 July 2015)

The Storage Revolution That Can Speed the Rise of Renewables

The share of electricity from renewable energy sources has been growing exponentially, especially in Europe and North America. A 2015 report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), sets out a roadmap for energy storage. It suggests storage will help the renewable share of annual global power generation rise from 22% in 2014 to at least 27%, and possibly to as much as 40%, by 2030.
(The Guardian, 23 July 2015)

Caribbean Seeks Funding for Renewable Energy Mix

The Martinique Conference on Island Energy Transitions was organised by IRENA and the French Government, which will host the United Nations International Climate Change Conference, COP 21, at the Le Bourget site in Paris from Nov. 30-Dec. 11 2015.
(Inter Press Service, 21 July 2015

EPO at the Forefront of Renewable Energy Technology

Recently, the EPO announced that IRENA has launched a joint initiative with the EPO to provide access to information on renewable energy technologies. Thanks to the INSPIRE platform, anyone can now have access to the world’s largest collection of global renewable energy standards and patent documents.
(EPO.org, 20 July 2015)

States Turning to Green Banks to Finance Renewables

The United States renewable energy sector has long-benefited from public policies at federal, state and local levels, which have provided everything from direct investment in solar and wind projects to tax credits that help homeowners and businesses to “go solar.” If this upward trend continues, renewable energy’s share of the US energy market could hit 27 percent by 2030, IRENA said. This would make the US the second-largest user of renewable energy in the world in 2030, second only to China.
(GreenBiz, 20 July 2015)

Enel Green Power Investing $220 Million Into Mexican Wind Farm

Mexico is one of several countries in the world which are slowly moving their way up the chain of importance when it comes to renewable energy investment and development. A report from late May published by IRENA concluded that Mexico could increase its use of renewable energy in its energy mix to 21% by 2030, and save billions in the process.
(Clean Technica, 17 July 2015)

Island Leaders Endorse Renewables Action Plan

The Martinique Action Plan (MAP) outlines practical steps for renewable energy deployment for developing island nations, and has targeted – under the umbrella of the SIDS IRENA Island Lighthouse Initiative (launched at the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit in 2014) – the installation of 100 MW of solar PV and 20 MW of wind power.
(PV-Magazine, 15 Jul 2015)

Three Island Nations Are Ready for Renewable Energy

Releasing its Renewables Readiness Assessment (RRA) reports for three South Pacific island nations Fiji, the Marshall Islands and Vanuatu – IRENA, concludes that tapping into solar, wind, geothermal, marine, biomass and biofuel energy would not only meet electricity needs, it would reduce energy costs, create gainful employment, broaden energy access, and set these and other island nations firmly on the path towards sustainable energy self-sufficiency.
(Renewable Energy World, 8 Jul 2015)

IRENA and Recharge Collaborate on REsource Online Database

IRENA has linked up with Recharge, the global wind and solar industry news platform, for a series of exclusive collaborations based on the REsource online knowledge base. Readers of Recharge will now be able to access customisable themed dashboards containing the hard data behind key issues and trends driving the global renewables sector.
(Recharge, 7 July 2015)

A Tale Of Renewable Energy Innovation Through Patents And Standards

IRENA today launched a new, free, platform to make patents and standards more accessible. The International Standards and Patents in Renewable Energy platform (INSPIRE), brings two million patents and 400 standards for renewable energy technology together in the same place. IRENA collaborated with the European Patent Office (EPO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), to bring this platform to life.
(Clean Technica, 6 Jul 2015)


IRENA Offers Platform to Inspire

IRENA has launched a new data platform giving policy makers and other energy sector participants access the world’s largest collection of global renewable energy standards and patents. IRENA said the platform can help “indicate the effectiveness of policies to promote renewable energy innovation through the analysis of trends in patent activity”.
(REnews, 6 Jul 2015)


Global Geothermal Alliance Concept One Step Further

IRENA convened roughly 60 stakeholders in June in Nairobi to finalize the concept of the Global Geothermal Alliance (GGA) and exchange views on the best way forward. The meeting was conducted by Joseph Njoroge, Principal Secretary of the Kenyan Ministry of Energy and Adnan Amin, Director General of IRENA. 
(Renewable Energy World, 1 Jul 2015)


What's Good for the Climate is Good for Business

At the UN Climate Summit in September 2014, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for the private sector to drive more action and mobilize political will for a meaningful agreement in 2015. A growing number of leading international institutions, such as IRENA and IEA, have created emission reduction roadmaps by business sector, to outline the investments and actions needed to avoid more than a 2°C increase in temperature. 
(The World Bank's Development in a Changing Climate blog, 1 Jul 2015)


Look after Fossil Fuel Workers in Shift to Clean Energy: Union Chief

Coal, oil and gas workers need a secure future as the world moves away from fossil fuel use, and governments and companies must plan to ensure any new global climate change deal is fair for all those impacted. IRENA estimates that renewable energy, excluding large hydropower, employed 7.7 million people, directly and indirectly, around the world in 2014, an 18 percent rise from the previous year. 
(Reuters, 30 Jun 2015)


China's Climate-Control Plans to Have Huge International Influence

A post-2020 climate-control action plan, to be submitted by China to the United Nations by the end of this month, will have huge influence on future global energy research and innovation, according to the head of the Abu Dhabi-based IRENA.
(China Daily, 27 Jun 2015)


Diesel-PV Hybrid Systems Trialed at SMA’s New Test Centre

Solar inverter manufacturer SMA has inaugurated a test centre for diesel-PV hybrid energy systems at the company’s German headquarters. IRENA recently produced a technology roadmap for energy storage. The document aims to identify how energy storage can be used as a flexibility resource to enable renewable energy to make up 45% of the global energy mix by 2030.
(PV Tech, 25 Jun 2015)


New IRENA Best-practice Guide Steers Renewable Energy Auctions

Renewable energy auctions are increasingly becoming a policy tool of choice to support renewable energy deployment, according to a new publication released by IRENA. New The six-volume guidebook Renewable Energy Auctions: a Guide to Design, finds that more than 60 countries have now adopted renewable energy auctions, up from six in 2005.
(Energías Renovables, 23 Jun 2015)


Wind and Solar Power Are Taking the Lead

Dam builders like to claim that hydropower is the world's largest source of renewable electricity. After a century-long head start over wind and solar power, large hydropower indeed accounted for 52 percent of the world's renewable energy capacity in 2014. But new figures from the IRENA show that the picture is quickly changing.
(The Huffington Post, 18 June 2015)

The Race for Better Batteries

Between 2006 and 2012, global solar photovoltaic’s (PV) annual capacity grew 190 percent, while wind energy’s annual capacity grew 40 percent, reported IRENA. The agency projects that by 2030, solar PV capacity will be nine times what it was in 2013; wind power could increase five-fold.
(State of the Planet Blog, The Earth Institute, 12 June 2015)

IRENA: Number of Countries with Renewable Energy Targets Quadrupled in a Decade

The number of countries with renewable energy targets has quadrupled in a decade to 164 in 2015, up from just 43 countries in 2005, according to a new report by IRENA. The report ‘Renewable Energy Target Setting’, launched alongside IRENA’s ninth Council meeting, found that 131 of these countries are developing or emerging economies.
(PV Tech, 10 June 2015)

Renewable Energy Targets Now Cover 164 Countries

Renewable energy targets have quadrupled across the world since 2005 and now exist in 164 countries, according to a new industry report. The rise over the past decade from just 43 countries setting formal goals for green energy has primarily been driven by developing nations, which now account for 131 of the nations with targets, researchers at IRENA say.
(Business Green, 10 June 2015)

IRENA Unveils Sustainable HQ in Abu Dhabi

IRENA has opened its new headquarters in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, which the organisation's Director-General has described as a "paragon of sustainability". The futuristic-looking building features a 1,000 metre square rooftop PV array, which can produce an estimated 350,000kWh of electricity per year.
(PV Tech, 4 June 2015)

IRENA HQ “Greenest” Office Building in UAE

The “greenest” office building in the UAE officially opened in Abu Dhabi today, where it will be home to the headquarters of IRENA. spearheading the region that The Climate Group has called an emerging “global clean energy hub. IRENA is an intergovernmental organization supporting countries as they transition to a low carbon future, so its new location on the edge of the Masdar City campus, the world’s first carbon neutral city, is apt.
(The Climate Group, 3 June 2015)

World’s Top Energy Modelers Gather in Abu Dhabi

More than 200 global energy scholars and researchers will gather tomorrow at the Dusit Thani in Abu Dhabi to attend the 34th annual International Energy Workshop, the world’s leading energy modeling conference. This year’s conference, hosted by IRENA, is the first in 34 years to be held in the Middle East.
(Energías Renovables, 2 June 2015)

Renewables Lead Peers in Sustained Employment Generation

When it comes to renewable energy, China leads the world in terms of employment with more than 3.4 million jobs out of a global total of 7.7 million, according to a report by the Abu Dhabi-based IRENA. Employment in the sector rose 18 percent over the past year, the organization said. The report, called Renewable Energy and Jobs - Annual Review 2015, also provided the first global estimate of the number of jobs supported by large-scale hydropower facilities.
(China Daily, 30 May 2015)

The Economics of Renewable Energy: Falling Costs and Rising Employment

This week, IRENA released its 2015 renewable energy and jobs report finding that 7.7 million people are now employed by the sector worldwide, up 18 per cent from the number reported last year and up 35 percent over the last two years. If you add large hydropower to the mix, you get a conservative estimate of an additional 1.5 million direct jobs worldwide.
(Huffington Post, 27 May 2015)

Mexico Could Generate 46% of its Electricity from Renewable Energy by 2030 (Spanish)

Mexico could generate up to 46% of its electricity from renewable sources from 2030 (about 280 terawatt /hour), said Secretary of Energy of Mexico Pedro Joaquin Coldwell this Tuesday, as he presented the report "Prospects for Renewable Energy: Mexico" with the Director-General of IRENA, Adnan Amin.
(Sputnik Mundo, 27 May 2015)

Mexico Has High Competitive Potential for Renewable Energies (Spanish)

Mexico could generate up to 46 percent of its electricity annually from renewable sources by 2030, according to a renewable energy outlook report for Mexico. IRENA Director-General Adnan Amin said that the country is heading toward rapid deployment of this type of energy, which can ensure a safer, healthier future and sustainable.
(La Voz de Michoacán, 26 May 2015)

IRENA: Renewable Energy Employment on the Rise Globally

IRENA has just published its 2015 Annual Review on “Renewable Energy and Jobs” and estimates that globally renewable energy jobs (excluding large hydropower) reached approximately 7.7 million in 2014. The world’s leading countries for renewable energy employment: China, Brazil, the US, and Germany.
(The Energy Collective, 26 May 2015)

Here’s Where the Jobs in Renewable Energy Are

This week the IRENA released a report on global employment in renewables. The report estimates both direct and indirect employment, as of 2013-2014. Large hydropower dams are excluded.
(Vox, 24 May 2015)

Global Renewable Energy Employment Increases by More than a Million Jobs

A new report by IRENA has revealed that more 7.7 million people worldwide are employed in the global renewable energy industry. The figure represents an 18 percent increase from last year’s figure of 6.5 million. The report, Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2015, also provides a first-ever global estimate of the number of jobs supported by large hydropower, with a conservative estimate of an additional 1.5 million direct jobs worldwide.
(Energías Renovables, 22 May 2015)

Global Renewable Energy Employment Surges 18 Percent to 7.7 Million

Ongoing growth in renewable energy investment and deployment is creating jobs worldwide and lots of them. This job growth is helping governments address a fundamental economic problem plaguing developed and developing countries alike.
(Renewable Energy World, 22 May 2015)

Renewables Jobs in EU Drop But Rise Worldwide

The number of renewable energy jobs worldwide increased last year by more than a million, an 18% rise to 7.7 million, but dropped in the European Union. The EU has said it wants to become the world number one in renewables. Its Energy Union strategy sets out measures by which it hopes to make up the gap on other countries.
(EurActiv, 21 May 2015)

Report: Triple Investment in Clean Energy to $1.2 trillion

UNITED NATIONS A new report calls for investment in clean energy to be tripled to $1.2 trillion annually through 2030 to give more than one billion people worldwide access to electricity and help prevent global warming. Adnan Amin, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency said Wednesday "it's absolutely feasible" that the goal can be achieved.
(Yahoo News (USA), 21 May 2015)

The Renewable Energy Industry Employs Nearly 8 Million People Worldwide

Employment in the global renewable energy industry has increased by over one million jobs during the past year, according to a new report released IRENA. 7.7 million people are now employed in renewable energy, an 18 percent increase on last year’s 6.5 million.
(Forbes, 20 May 2015)

From Kansas to Copenhagen: Clean Energy Beacons around the World

Dolf Gielen, a director at IRENA, said cold cities with large heat energy requirements are counterintuitively well placed to shift their heat to renewable sources because they often have large- scale centralised heat plants – rather than boilers in every home.
(The Guardian, 20 May 2015)

Renewable Energy Industry Supports More than 9 million Jobs in 2014: IRENA Report

Renewable energy jobs reached 7.7 million in 2014, excluding large hydropower, a new report from IRENA states. In particular, the paper estimates large hydropower supported 1.5 million direct jobs – almost half of them in China, largely in construction and installation – bringing the total renewable jobs in the world to more than 9 million last year.
(The Climate Group, 19 May 2015)

Renewable Energy Now Employs 7.7 Million People Worldwide

Renewable energy investment and deployment is paying off, and in spades, when it comes to addressing a basic issue plaguing developed and developing countries alike: an inability to generate jobs that pay a good living wage. Around the world, renewable energy job creation continues to far outpace that for economies overall. Some 7.7 million people are now employed across the global renewable energy value chain, according to IRENA.
(Triple Pundit, 19 May 2015)

Green Energy Represents 7.7 million Jobs Worldwide (French)

Green energy represents a considerable new jobs pool. According to IRENA’s annual report on jobs published Tuesday, renewable energy directly and indirectly employs 7.7 million people worldwide.
(Les Echos, 19 May 2015)

Goce Gravity Boost to Geothermal Hunt

Information about variations in gravity across the planet could help prospectors find promising locations where sub-surface heat can be exploited to generate electricity. IRENA has released the information in a special global atlas.
(The Hindu, 15 May 2015)

New Tool For Renewable Energy Developers From IRENA

The International Renewable Energy Agency has just released an exciting tool for renewable energy entrepreneurs, urban planners, and researchers: Project Navigator. It should greatly increase the number of successful renewable power projects.
(Clean Technica, 3 May 2015)

Renewable Energy Has a Bright Future

In the past five years, the price of both wind and solar have plummeted such that in a recent assessment IRENA concluded clean energy projects are matching or outperforming fossil fuels on price in many jurisdictions around the world.
(Vancouver Sun, 1 May 2015)

Progress as Renewable Energy Matures

IRENA says solar panel prices have dropped 75% since 2009. And the total installed costs of utility-scale solar plants fell as much as 65% between 2010 and 2014.
(Wall Street Daily, 28 April 2015)

IRENA Seeks to Entrench Renewable Energy Development Best Practices

IRENA has this week launched an online tool to help renewable energy developer and entrepreneurs attract investors and deliver successful projects.
(Business Green, 23 April 2015)

Goce Gravity Boost to Geothermal Hunt

The hunt for sources of geothermal energy is getting a boost from new observations of the Earth made from space.The data comes from Europe’s Goce satellite. IRENA has released the information in a special global atlas.
(BBC, 19 April 2015)

New Tool Helps Identify Global Geothermal Potentials

A new tool to investigate global geothermal energy potentials is now available online. The new tool is the product of collaboration between the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the European Space Agency (ESA).
(Renewable Energy Magazine, 16 April 2015)

Renewables can weather any oil price changes: BNEF Summit

Renewable energy costs have fallen so far, so fast that they can rival oil-fuelled generation in the Middle East. Indeed, a new report released last week by the UAE government, IRENA and Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, has predicting that solar and wind energy could now be the region’s cheapest sources of new energy.
(Renew Economy, 14 April 2015)

Could Solar and Wind Undercut Fossil Fuels in the United Arab Emirates?

The UAE could enhance its competitiveness by increasingly relying on lower-cost wind and solar power, according to the "eye-opening" conclusion of a major new report from IRENA, the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, and the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
(Business Green, 8 April 2015)

Clean electricity? Grid parity has already been reached (Italian)

According to IRENA, in Europe in 2014 new onshore wind or mainland projects have provided energy at a lower cost than conventional systems.
(La Stampa, 6 April 2015)

Falling Cost of Solar Offers Solace After Halving of Oil Price

“The outlook for solar power [in the region] is substantial,” says Adnan Amin, IRENA Director-General.
(Financial Times, 31 Mar 2015)

IRENA Director-General Highlights Pioneering Work in Renewable Energy Produced in Germany (German)

IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin emphasised the global impact of Germany's role in the development and use of renewable energy in his keynote speech.
(PV Magazine, 26 Mar 2015)

The Challenge of Unlocking Solar Capacity in the Pacific Islands

IRENA initiates efforts to mobilize sustainable markets one island at a time.
(The Energy Collective, 21 Mar 2015)

IRENA: Renewables Key to Socio-Economic Development in Swaziland

Developing Swaziland’s vast renewable energy resources would provide substantial socio-economic benefits for its population, according to a new IRENA report.
(Energias Renovables, 19 March 2015)

Renewable Energy Key to Achieving Socio-economic Development in Swaziland Says New IRENA Report

Developing Swaziland’s vast renewable energy resources would provide substantial socio-economic benefits for its population, according to a new IRENA report.
(PV Magazine, 19 March 2015)

Welcome to the New World of Super-low Oil Prices

The price of a standard solar photovoltaic module has fallen 75% since the end of 2009, according to a recent report from IRENA.
(Fast Company’s Co.Exist, 16 March 2015)

Nicaragua's Clean Energy Progress Has Only Just Begun

“Nicaragua’s renewable energy sector has a bright future, both for utility-scale and small-scale projects, due to the country’s largely untapped renewable resources,” IRENA said in a report published in January.
(The Christian Science Monitor, 12 March 2015)

German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel Visits Masdar

Vice Chancellor Gabriel visited the recently completed headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency, which is located in Masdar City.
(Zawya, 10 March 2015)

UAE Unwraps Wind Atlas

"The launch of the UAE Wind Atlas marks another key milestone in our efforts to bring a comprehensive clean energy resource map to the global community." – IRENA Director-General Adnan Amin
(Renews, 10 March 2015)

The role of storage in cutting CSP costs

The Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2014 report from IRENA has a diagram that is a must-see for CSP fans.
(CSP Today, 6 March 2015)

A Global Climate Deal is Not Only the Right Choice; It is the Smart One

The International Renewable Energy Agency reports close to 1 million renewable jobs were created in 2013 alone, led by the solar industry.
(The Climate Group, 2 March 2015)

What Do Apple, Citi and Shell Have in Common?

IRENA reported in January renewable power generation prices are now at cost parity with or below fossil fuel generation in many parts of the world.
(Huffington Post, 25 February 2015)

IRENA Gears Up for Publication of 2030 Storage Roadmap

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is to run a workshop in Germany next month to canvas final opinion ahead of publishing its first roadmap for electricity storage technologies.
(PV Tech Storage, 25 February 2015)

Falling Oil Prices Won’t Derail St. Lucia’s Push for Clean Energy

A renewable energy expert with IRENA tells IPS that falling oil prices present an excellent opportunity for small island developing states such as St. Lucia and other Caribbean Community allies to accelerate their renewable energy programme.
(Inter Press Service, 25 February 2015)

Leaders advance plans to unlock renewable energy potential in Central America

An initiative to integrate more renewable energy into the Central America power system took one step forward as regional vice-ministers, directors of energy, and directors of climate change met in El Salvador to discuss Central America’s energy future, IRENA reports.”
(Solar Server, 23 February 2015)

Off the Well-Trodden Path: Where are the Hidden Solar PV Growth Markets?

According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, the US has the “potential to lead the global transition to renewable energy…”
(The Energy Collective, 20 February 2015)

IRENA Director-General: Renewable Energy Can Fuel India's Economic Growth

IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin stressed the importance of renewable energy in sustainably meeting India's growing energy needs at the Renewable Energy Global Investors' Meet & Expo.
(PV Magazine, 16 February 2015)

REsource: Get the Inside Scoop on Saudi Arabia Solar Power

REsource is a new search tool for renewable energy, and that’s not all. By pulling together accurate, reliable data on Saudi Arabia solar potential, REsource also provides key insights into the forces at work behind the oil price crash.
(Clean Technica, 8 February 2015)

Renewable Energy Sources Trumping Fossil Fuels As Prices Plummet, According to New Report

A revolution in the renewable energy source domain is picking up speed after a new study released by IRENA revealed plummeting costs for wind and solar power.
(Weather Channel, 6 February 2015)

‘Historic opportunity’: Renewables start competing with fossil fuels

The cost of supplying wind and solar energy has been plummeting since 2010, says the International Renewable Energy Agency.
(RT, 6 February 2015)

Six Charts that Show Renewable Energy is Getting Cheaper

IRENA recently released its latest report, “Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2014,” and it’s chock full of current info.
(Grist, 3 February 2015)

Green Power There for the Grabbing

"China can continue its leadership in renewable energy by accelerating action in the renewable area," said Adnan Amin, Director-General of IRENA.
(China Daily, 30 January 2015)

Green Power Takes on Fossil Fuels

Wind energy is economically competitive, often cheaper than fossil fuels, according to a new IRENA report.
(Deutsche Welle, 30 January 2015)

Renewable Energy Costs Expected to Drop 40% in Next Few Years

The cost of generating power from renewable energy sources has reached parity or dropped below the cost of fossil fuels in many parts of the world, according to a new IRENA report.
(Computerworld, 29 January 2015)

Renewables Can Benefit Water, Energy and Food Nexus

A new IRENA report, says that integrating renewable energy in the agrifood supply chain alone could help to rein in cost volatility, bolster energy security, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to long-term food sustainability
(IPS, 26 January 2015)

IRENA Headquarters Is Among The Greenest Office Buildings In Abu Dhabi

The global headquarters of IRENA has finally been completed and is among the greenest buildings in the city of Abu Dhabi.
(Clean Technica, 26 January 2015)

GCC renewable energy targets will cut water use by 22%

Realising the renewable energy targets of the GCC will result in a 22% reduction in water consumption for power generation and associated fuel extraction, according to a new report by IRENA.
(Yahoo Maktoob, 22 January 2015)

Low Oil Prices Won’t Hurt Clean Energy

A new report from IRENA has found that the cost of generating renewable energy is now equal to or below the cost of fossil fuels in many parts of the world.
(Climate Progress, 20 January 2015)

Future looks green as cost of renewables falls

"Onshore wind power witnessed most price drops in 2014, and it is now available in over 100 countries," said Adnan Amin, Director-General of IRENA.
(Yahoo Maktoob, 18 January 2015)

Bilateral agreement most welcome news of last year

The most welcome news of 2014 was the bilateral agreement on climate change between the US and China, two countries accounting for 40% percent of global emissions, said Adnan Amin, director-general of IRENA.
(China Daily, 18 January 2015)

IRENA Unveils REsource — “Google” For Renewable Energy Information”

IRENA is about to launch an awesome new tool called REsource. "The rapid growth of the renewable energy industry outpaces the information available to monitor and analyse the sector,” IRENA writes.
(Clean Technica, 13 January 2015)

Key Role for Solar in IRENA US Renewables Transition Plan

PV capacity in the US could reach 135GW within 15 years under proposals by IRENA to boost the proportion of renewables in the US energy mix to more than a quarter by 2030.
(PV Tech, 13 January 2015)

New IRENA report: US can more than triple share of renewable energy by 2030; Total installed PV capacity could reach 135 GW

New IRENA report says the US can increase its use of renewable energy in power generation from 14 percent to almost 50 percent by 2030, making it the world’s second largest renewable energy user after China.
(Solar Server, 12 January 2015)

Year in review 2014: Renewables set the trend

The trendiest term in the energy realm could be diversification, and a major player in diversifying the global energy mix is the renewables sector. Abu Dhabi-based IRENA said that the low bids signalled the cost competitiveness of renewables.
(The National, 25 December 2014)

The switch to renewable power is a battle we cannot afford to lose

Since the final gavel fell at the Lima climate talks earlier this month, discussions have centred on one question: what did the talks actually accomplish? Research by IRENA shows that a doubling of the world’s share of renewable energy by 2030 would help avoid the worst effects of climate change and would be cheaper than not doing so.
(The Guardian , 24 December 2014)

Graphene Nanotechnology makes Desalination 100 times more Efficient

According to information published by the IRENA, the world’s desalination plants consume approximately 360 million kilowatt-hours each day.
(Green Prophet, 16 December 2014)

IRENA Publishes Second Edition of NAMA Handbook

IRENA has released the second edition of the 'IRENA Handbook on Renewable Energy Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs),' which guides policy makers and NAMA developers as they seek to use NAMAs to deploy renewable energy and mitigate climate change.
(IISD, 15 December 2014)

The Rapid Rise of Green Bonds

The director-general of IRENA, Adnan Z. Amin, said efforts by his organisation to “double renewable energy” and encourage investors have been paying off, including a new effort to promote geothermal in Latin America.
(IPS, 10 December 2014)

Disaster-hit South Asia needs Climate Cash, Know-how – Experts

Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General of IRENA, said energy-deficient South Asia will account for a substantial share of the growth in global energy demand over the next two decades.
(Reuters, 8 December 2014)

How Renewable Energy Jobs Are Changing America

Few industries in the U.S. are growing as fast as renewable energy. According to IRENA and Jobs-Annual Review 2014, there are 6.5 million people employed in renewable energy around the globe.
(The Motley Fool, 6 December 2014)

The Climate Group Sows Seeds for Clean Energy Network in South Asia

The seeds of the South Asia Network for Clean Energy were planted last November by 31 key organizations and industry associations, such as IRENA the Asian Development Bank and many other national associations
(The Climate Group, 2 December 2014)

Nation to top green list by 2030

China will become the world's largest renewable energy market by 2030 if it can double the ratio of such sources as solar and wind in the total energy mix to 26%, said IRENA
(China Daily, 25 November 2014)

Why China’s big plan to cut emissions is good for tech business

A report, by IRENA, said China could do more to boost renewable energy generation for electricity, transportation, industrial production and other areas so that clean energy can account for 26% of its energy use by 2030.
(Gigaom, 24 November 2014)

22 projects shortlisted for UAE energy loans

Twenty-two projects have been shortlisted for this year’s loans given by ADFD in coordination with IRENA for renewable energy projects in developing countries.
(Gulf News, 17 November 2014)

The Greening of China

IRENA’s annual review reported that China’s solar photovoltaic value chain employed 1.6 million in 2013, while its solar thermal sector supports 800,000.
(State of the Planet, 8 November 2014)

Bangladesh finds an answer in solar energy

IRENA released an annual review report in 2014 which shows that Bangladesh is currently installing 70,000 solar panels a month.
(Deutsche Welle, 7 November 2014)

Increasing adoption of renewable energy to fight climate change

The need to decarbonise energy to address climate change is becoming a driving force for deployment of renewable energy and the world has started grabbing this opportunity for positive change, according to IRENA.
(Gulf News, 3 November 2014)

International Renewable Energy Agency calls for massive expansion of renewables around the world

Representatives from over 90 countries came to Abu Dhabi to discuss and recommend actions to promote the expansion of renewables around the world.
(SolarServer, 3 November 2014)

Why Microgrids Are Catching On In Africa

There is a big focus by development banks, including the Asia Development Bank and the Islamic Development Bank, on microgrids “as a very interesting, scalable opportunity for them to put their money to work,” says IRENA
(AFK Insider, 30 October 2014)

IRENA supports energy access initiatives for Africa and Asia

IRENA recently organized a weeklong knowledge sharing workshop for energy business incubators and entrepreneurs from Asia and Africa from 22nd to 27th of September, 2014.
(Africa Business, 21 October 2014)

Foreign Minister Charles Fernandez Meets Director General Adnan Z. Amin Of IRENA

Antigua and Barbuda Foreign Minister, the Hon. Charles Fernandez recently met with Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in an effort to strengthen relations with the institution.
(Antigua Chronicle, 19 October 2014)

Experts call for removing energy and water subsidies in UAE

Experts in the energy and environment sectors have called for removing government subsidies for water and energy, potentially paving the way for higher utility prices in the UAE. Everyone knows the price for fossil fuels is much lower than their real cost, IRENA director-general Adnan Z. Amin said.
(Gulf News, 16 October 2014)

Russia has key renewables role says IRENA boss

Meeting the world’s rising energy demand with the current global energy mix would be “catastrophic” according to the director-general of the International Renewable Energy Council, Adnan Z. Amin.
(Power Engineering International, 13 October 2014)

New Report Sheds Light on the Potential of Biomass

Biomass appears poised for big things in coming decades. According to a recent report from IRENA, biomass could account for as much as 60 percent of the global renewable energy mix by the year 2030, providing up to 20 percent of the world’s electricity needs.
(Renewable Energy World, 7 October 2014)

IRENA Provides Overview of Ocean Energy Technologies

According to a report by IRENA, the potential of ocean energy is “staggering,” and related technologies could contribute to energy interdependence, decarbonization and job creation.
(Foreign Affairs (NZ), 1 October 2014)

Offshore winds soon to power Cape Cod: Part I

North America's first offshore wind farm will soon provide roughly three-quarters of electricity for area residents in southeastern Massachusetts. IRENA estimates 800,000 jobs in the wind industry worldwide.
(Capecodtoday, 30 September 2014)

IRENA Report Forecasts Positive Future for Biomass Industry

A new report from IRENA predicts that biomass could provide 20% of global electricity and potentially represents 60% of global renewable energy usage by 2030.
(Energy Digital, 30 September 2014)

Kenya Seeks to Auction Renewable Energy Deals

The government is searching for a consultancy to explore the introduction of renewable energy auctions, with a view to cutting retail consumers' power costs.
(The Star (Kenya), 26 September 2014)

Biomass plays major role in doubling renewables

If all technology options are deployed, total biomass demand could reach 20 percent of total primary energy supply by 2030 and represent 60 percent of total global renewable energy use.
(Energy Enviro World, 26 September 2014)

Global Geothermal Alliance initiated by several countries and organisations

As the UN Climate Summit concluded, Iceland, IRENA and other partners introduced their Global Geothermal Alliance Action Statement and Action Plan.
(Think GEOENERGY, 25 September 2014)

IRENA: Biomass could reach 60 percent of total global renewable energy use by 2030

The agency's REmap 2030 foresees a major role for modern, sustainable biomass technologies in efforts to double the share of renewables in the global energy mix.
(Renewable Energy Magazine, 25 September 2014)

Zimbabwe Takes Interest in Clean Energy Initiative

The southern African country is keen to participate in IRENA’s Africa Clean Energy Corridor initiative, says Environment, Water and Climate Minister Saviour Kasukuwere.
(The Herald (Zimbabwe), 25 September 2014)

Campaign Calls for 100 Companies, 100 Percent Renewable Power

IRENA working with the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and the Climate Group to see the RE100 through to fruition.
(Triple Pundit, 24 September 2014)

$550 Billion Per Year Investment In Renewable Energy Needed To Meet Climate Change Goals

The world needs to more than double its annual investment in renewable energy by 2030 to restrict global rise in temperature to 2ºC by the end of the century, IRENA says.
(Clean Technica, 24 September 2014)

U.N. Climate Summit Harvests a Host of Commitments

Leaders from 19 countries and 32 partners from government, regional organisations, development institutions and private investors committed to creating an 8,000 kilometre-long African Clean Energy Corridor.
(New York Times dot.earth blog, 23 September)

At UN summit, plans announced to boost low-carbon, renewable energy in Africa, small islands

An initiative announced at the Climate Summit would reduce dependency on fossil fuels in eastern and southern Africa, where electricity is set to double within the next quarter century; a second initiative aims to deliver a cleaner energy mix for up to 4.7 million people in small island developing states.
(UN News Centre, 23 September 2014)

How to create jobs by tackling climate change

By taking action to mitigate climate change, companies are promoting sustainable growth and creating high-quality employment, as research by IRENA and others confirms.
(World Economic Forum Blog, 23 September 2014)

Climate Change: Renewable Energy Can Meet Global Demand and Cut Carbon Emissions, Roadmap Shows

IRENA’s global roadmap shows renewable energy can meet rising demand cheaply, helping limit global warming to two degrees during the century.
(International Business Times, 21 September 2014)

Push for New Pact on Climate Change Is Plagued by Old Divide of Wealth

Africa Clean Energy Corridor among highlights of Climate Summit
(New York Times, 20 September 2014)

IRENA report features bioenergy supply, demand projections

A new report from IRENA predicts a major role for modern, sustainable biomass technologies in the world’s energy mix.
(Biomass Magazine, 19 September 2014)

Australia Packed With Underground Geothermal Energy

IRENA’s Atlas highlights "hotspots" for enhanced development
(Australasian Mining Review, 10 Sep 2014)

Nicolas Hulot: Energy transition law, a "moment of truth"

Ecologist says France can make a fresh start with carbon tax
(Libération, 9 Sep 2014; article en français)

Bahamas Scores Big with International Renewable Energy Agency

The island country scored a major victory on its way to implementing renewable energy standards and policies with IRENA’s agreement to provide assistance.
(Bahamas Information Services, 3 September 2014)

Will China's five-year plan reinvigorate its economy?

According to new research by IRENA, doubling the share of renewables in the world's energy by 2030 could save the world economy up to $4.2trillion a year. The latest findings say doubling our reliance on renewables such as solar and wind to 36 percent by the year 2030 was "not only feasible" but "cheaper" than continuing on our existing path.
(Al Jazeera (Qatar), 20 Mar 2016)

Doubling renewables by 2030 could save $4.2 trillion a year - research

Doubling the share of renewables in the global energy mix to 36 percent by 2030 could save the world economy up to $4.2 trillion a year, research by the IRENA. Renewable sources, such as wind and solar, accounted for around 18 percent of global energy consumption in 2014. Under existing national policies, the share of renewables is forecast to reach 21 percent by 2030.
(Reuters (UK) , 17 Mar 2016)

This May Be One $4.2 Trillion Reason to Double Green Energy

Boosting renewable energy generation to meet global climate goals could save as much as $4.2 trillion a year by 2030, according to a new report asking lawmakers to strengthen clean energy policies. Doubling the share of renewables in the world’s energy mix to 36 percent between now and 2030 would cost $290 billion a year and limit global warming to below two degrees Celsius, according IRENA report.
(Bloomberg (USA) , 17 Mar 2016)

China has huge potential for water and emissions efficiency: IRENA report

Scaling up renewable energy and introducing improved plant cooling technologies in China's power sector can reduce water-intensity up to 42 percent and emissions-intensity up to 37 percent by 2030, said the IRENA. The findings were published in a new joint brief by the Abu Dhabi-based IRENA and China Water Risk, a not-for-profit initiative dedicated to addressing environmental and business risks.
(Xinhua (China) , 10 Mar 2016)

Is the wind industry still a safe bet for investors?

For investors who seek long-term low-risk investments, the 20 year lifespan of an onshore wind farm is an attractive prospect. The widely lauded success of the global deal on climate change agreed at Paris in December is likely to bolster the confidence of investors, although Dolf Gielen, director of IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre says the industry’s potential is far greater.
(The Guardian (UK) , 9 Mar 2016)

In the Unlikely Venue of Abu Dhabi, the World Charts a New Clean Energy Course

A recent IRENA study, for example, projects that increasing renewables' share of generation to 36% by 2030 would increase global GDP by 1.1% ($1.3 trillion) and create 24 million jobs. "It is unprecedented in any energy sector to have seen such a rapid change in such a short time," said Adnan Z. Amin, the affable Kenyan who chairs IRENA, about the rapid scale-up of renewable generation worldwide in this decade.
(Huffington Post (USA) , 3 Mar 2016)

Beyond 2015 – Translating The 2030 Development Agenda & The Paris Agreement Into Action (Video)

Adnan Z. Amin Director-General IRENA noted there are now 164 renewable energy targets from countries worldwide. And he highlighted two goals: doubling of renewable energy additions by 2030, providing 50% of the industry’s necessary carbon reductions, and another 50% reductions in CO2 emission from energy efficiency improvements.
(Clean Technica (USA) , 22 Feb 2016)

Scaling up solar after Paris

“Paris gives us a framework to move forward but the immediate impact on the solar industry is not going to be noticed for some time,” says Michael Taylor, senior analyst at the IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre in Bonn, Germany. “Like all things, there is an element of inertia in moving from agreements to implementation. It will take some time for the coordination of additional policies to come through.”
(PV Tech Org (UK) , 18 Feb 2016)

Despite cheap oil Pacific SIDS focused on renewables

Many of the Pacific small island developing states are benefiting from declining global oil prices but their governments’ commitment to becoming energy independent by using renewables remains intact. “The vast majority of Pacific islands are largely dependent on imported oil,” Dolf Gielen, director of IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre, said. “Lower oil prices benefit consumers so they are seeing the real benefits today.”
(SciDev.Net (UK) , 17 Feb 2016)

Djibouti seeking 100% green energy by 2020

The government’s goal of meeting 100% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020 is within reach, according to the IRENA. In a recent readiness assessment, IRENA found the country could reach its target by investing in geothermal, wind and solar projects, while also strengthening its hydropower links to Ethiopia.
(Oxford Business Group (UK), 9 Feb 2016)

Sheltered from biggest risks, green fuel to ride out oil crash

Improved technology means onshore wind is often the cheapest energy, with costs as low as 4 U.S. cents per kilowatt hour, although offshore is still expensive at 10-22 cents kWh, IRENA said. New renewable energy investment in 2015 rose to $280 billion, up from $270 billion in 2014, IRENA said, adding the growth would continue.
(Reuters (UK), 8 Feb 2016)

Green jobs boom: meet the frontline of the new solar economy

While the price of oil is plummeting, taking with it a significant number of jobs, the renewable energy job market is booming. It is estimated that it will grow to 24m jobs worldwide by 2030 up from 9.2m reported in 2014 according to analysis by IRENA which predicts that doubling the proportion of renewables in the global energy mix would increase GDP by up to $1.3tn across the world.
(The Guardian (UK), 1 Feb 2016)

How to Finance a Trillion-Dollar Climate Change Opportunity

According to a report released last by IRENA, merely doubling the amount of clean energy by 2030 from 2010 levels an increase well short of the increase modeled by BNEF for 2040 lifts global GDP by $1.3 trillion. And improvements in human welfare would go well beyond gains in GDP, thanks to the range of social and health benefits of clean energy. That includes millions of additional jobs.
(GreenTech Media (USA) , 1 Feb 2016)

What is holding back the growth of solar power?

Dolf Gielen, director of IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre in Bonn, Germany said he expected strong growth in desert areas, such as Morocco and South Africa, where this source of power was particularly effective. In developing countries, solar is the technology of the moment. China, already the world’s largest solar producer, has added almost as much solar capacity in the first quarter of this year.
(The Guardian (UK) , 31 Jan 2016)

Global Renewable Energy Investments a Win-Win Scenario

The Paris climate change agreement adopted at the end of 2015 has put renewable energy at the heart of global energy system with investments expected to grow further even amidst the decline in fossil fuels. Dr. Rabia Ferroukhi, the Deputy Director of the Knowledge Policy at IRENA said the deployment of renewable energy technologies and investments is likely to increase given that almost half of the 185 Intended Nationally Determined Contributions submitted before the Paris COP21 had explicit energy targets mainly targeting increased deployment of renewables.
(Inter Press Service News Agency (Italy) , 29 Jan 2016)

UN urges business leaders to double investment in green energy by 2020

A few days earlier, the annual meeting of IRENA in Abu Dhabi was told that doubling renewable energy to 36% of the global energy mix by 2030 would take countries halfway to the Paris goal of limiting warming to 2C, and increase global GDP by up to $1.3tn. “We had this extraordinary agreement in Paris, we have got points on the horizon,” Rachel Kyte, the UN special envoy for sustainable energy, said on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi meetings.
(The Guardian (UK), 27 Jan 2016)

Doubling The Share Of Renewable Energy By 2030 Could Increase Global GDP By $1.3 Trillion

A recent report by the Abu Dhabi based IRENA, tells a different story. According to the research, doubling the current share of renewable energy in the global energy mix would increase global GDP by up to 1.1 per cent, roughly US$ 1.3 trillion, by 2030. And it would reach that goal while increasing, at the same time, global welfare and quality of life.
(Forbes (USA), 25 Jan 2016)

Nicaragua Joins Clean Energy Revolution - Vows 90% Renewables by 2020

Costa Rica is well-known for its ambitious development of renewable energy, but neighboring country Nicaragua has been charging ahead on renewables, too. An IRENA report from January 2015 found that Nicaragua’s renewable energy sector has a bright future, both for utility-scale and small-scale projects, due to the country’s largely untapped renewable resources.
(EcoWatch, 8 Jan 2016)

Renewable Energy Is a Direct Way of Decarbonization of the Global Energy Mix (Chinese)

IRENA recently release the report entitled "Rethinking Energy: renewable energy and climate change." The report notes that the development of renewable energy will contribute to global economic growth and sustainable development and in 2030 the transition to a sustainable energy future is technically and economically feasible. Effective action to address climate change need to be strengthened for renewable energy investments.
(BJX, 7 Jan 2015)

How Water Could Fix Utility Energy Storage Woes

Chemical batteries are typically installed at the electricity distribution level, where in addition to storage they provide other services, such as closing the gap between supply and demand in increments measured in milliseconds, noted Ruud Kempener, an analyst with IRENA in Bonn. In contrast, the capacity of pumped storage hydro systems ranges from the hundreds to thousands of megawatts, providing flexibility to the electric system as a whole.
(GreenBiz, 5 Jan 2016)

European Energy Commissions 50 MW of Danish Solar PV

Following on the heels of the construction of Denmark's largest solar plant at 60 MW, Danish wind and solar developer European Energy A/S has announced that it has completed 50.4 MW of solar projects in Vandel, Denmark. While Denmark is more known for having the highest share of wind in its electricity mix of any nation on Earth, it also reached 603 MW of installed PV in 2014, according to estimates by IRENA.
(PV Magazine, 23 Dec 2015)

Solar Power Surges – Slowly – in Regulation-heavy Russia

Earlier this year Russia joined the International Renewable Energy Agency, and officials are involved in public discussions on the importance of developing clean energy.
(Thomson Reuters Foundation, 21 Dec 2015)

COP21: Green energy is full of promise (French)

36 countries in Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America and Europe launched a new initiative to mobilize finance and develop geothermal energy, which still accounts for only 12 gigawatts of energy worldwide. "There is proven geothermal potential in nearly 90 countries but nearly 90% remains untapped,” says IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin.
(Le Monde, 8 Dec 2015)

The Reliability of Renewable Energy Systems: Why the Conventional Wisdom Is Wrong (op-ed by the Director-General)

For the first time at any UN climate conference, renewable energy is taking center stage from now through "Energy Day" on December 7th. And for good reason. Renewable energy, no longer the new kid on the block, is now capturing market share from fossil fuels and nuclear energy at an unprecedented rate.
(The Huffington Post, 4 Dec 2015)

IRENA Is Asking to Double the Investment in Renewables to Fight against Climate Change (Spanish)

IRENA states that in order to meet the global goal of the average temperature not rising more than two degrees at the end of the century, it will need to duplicate the installation of clean energy over the next 15 years.
(El País, 4 Dec 2015)

Should We Be Aiming to Keep Global Warming to 1.5C Not 2C?

2C - it’s become shorthand for a safe, equitable climate deal. But the science and the UN’s position is unequivocal that if the world warms 2C above the pre-industrial age by 2100, many countries will face unbearable devastation. Adnan Amin, Director-General of IRENA, said staying at 1.5C was technologically feasible, although “very hard”. “If we factor all the other elements like reforestation, it may be possible,” he said.
(The Guardian, 2 Dec 2015)

There’s A Workable Plan for Lowering Global Emissions by 40% in 20 Years

IRENA estimated in 2013 that, in all regions of the world, average costs of generating electricity with most clean renewable-energy sources wind, hydro, geothermal, and low-emissions bioenergy are now at rough parity with fossil fuels. This is without even factoring in the environmental costs of burning oil, coal, and natural gas, the cost of which would of course rise through a carbon tax or cap.
(Quartz, 2 Dec 2015)

The Falling Costs of Renewable Energy: No More Excuses (op-ed by the Director-General)

Historically, cost was cited as one of the primary barriers to switching from fossil-based energy sources like oil, coal and gas to renewable energy sources like solar, wind and geothermal. But the narrative has now changed. Plummeting costs for renewable energy technologies are making a global energy transition not only possible, but actually less expensive than the alternative.
(The Huffington Post, 30 Nov 2015)

World Leaders Open Paris Climate Change Talks

Four years of planning, debating and hyping UN climate change negotiations came to a head this morning on the outskirts of Paris as French President François Hollande officially opened the talks to see a new global accord. Adnan Amin, Director-General of IRENA said, “It is excellent that the private sector is stepping up to the plate. If we can use a new push on research and development, it will be a dramatic change.”
(Scientific American, 30 Nov 2015)

IRENA: Renewables Set to Deliver Climate Solution

The renewable energy organization's latest report outlines actions that can limit the global temperature increase to below 2 degrees Celsius by accelerating the transition to renewable energy. REthinking Energy 2015 Renewable Energy and Climate finds that achieving a 36% share of renewable energy by 2030 would result in half of all emission reductions needed to maintain a 2 degree pathway.
(PV Magazine, 26 Nov 2015)

100% Renewable-Powered World ‘Technically Feasible and Economically Viable’ by 2030

Many doubt the scientific, technical and economic feasibility of achieving 100 percent renewable energy in a single country or even globally. But this vision has never been more realistic than now, according to the latest IRENA report. The report by IRENA, REthinking Energy, points out that the transition to a sustainable energy future by 2030 is technically feasible and economically viable. - See more at: http://www.irena.org/home/index.aspx?PriMenuID=12&mnu=PriPriMenuID=12&mnu=Pri#sthash.GX3dJpV2.dpuf
(Eco Watch, 24 Nov 2015)

Renewables are Changing the Climate Narrative from Sacrifice to Opportunity (op-ed by the Director-General)

For the first time at any climate conference, renewable energy solutions will take centre stage in a series of high-profile events coupled with new commitments and announcements. In doing so, it will also transform the climate change narrative from one of managing constraints to one of opportunity.
(The Guardian, 19 Nov 2015)

Renewable Energy Offers Speed and Scale Needed for Climate Action (op-ed by the Director-General)

As world leaders prepare to gather in Paris to finalize an international climate agreement, it is important to emphasize that renewable energy and energy efficiency are the more compelling means currently available to achieve the needed emission reductions in the amount of time remaining to achieve them.
(The Huffington Post, 19 Nov 2015)

Latest Funding for Developing World Renewables Launched by IRENA and Abu Dhabi Fund for Development

IRENA and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development are seeking applications to fund renewable energy projects in developing countries through concessionary loans. The continued partnership between ADFD and IRENA brings funding to the places where it can have the most impact and where financing is one of the greatest challenges,” IRENA director-general Adnan Z. Amin said. 
(PV Tech, 16 Nov 2015)

IRENA and ADFD Open New USD 50 Million Round of Funding for Renewable Energy in Developing Countries

IRENA in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development is now welcoming applications for a fourth round of funding to support renewable energy projects in developing countries. Funding from the IRENA/ADFD Project Facility boosts renewable energy growth in developing countries and offers sustainable and affordable energy to millions of people with limited or no access to electricity.
(Solar Server, 16 Nov 2015)

Whatever Happens in Paris: Four Reasons Why the Future Will Be Fueled by Renewable Energy (Analysis)

More than 60 ministers gathered in Paris over the last three days to help shape the outcome of climate negotiations this December. Regardless of what appears in the final agreement, however, it is already clear that a low carbon future will be fueled by renewable energy. Whatever comes out of Paris, one thing is sure: the future belongs to renewable energy.
(The Huffington Post, 11 Nov 2015)

Report: Germany Will Miss 2030 Renewable Energy Targets Unless Current Policies Change

Germany will miss its 2030 renewable energy targets if current policies do not change, according to a new report by IRENA. However, there is potential to meet, or even exceed them, if renewables are better deployed in the power and end use sectors. Under the Remap 2030 scenario, IRENA says there is potential for additional renewable deployment utilizing technologies available today.
(PV Magazine, 10 Nov 2015)

International Energy Transformation Forum Issued the " Suzhou Declaration " (Chinese)

The International Energy Transformation Forum hosted by China National Energy Bureau and IRENA was held in Suzhou. To further promote global energy revolution, IRENA Director-General Adnan Amin proposed the establishment of the International Union energy change, and the establishment of IRENA - China Energy Research Centre for the exchange and cooperation.
(China 5E, 9 Nov 2015)

Geothermal Funding Group Pre-qualifies $65M for East Africa Projects

The Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility for East Africa recently said it has pre-qualified developers for $65 million in funding of 14 geothermal projects in Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Comoros. Five of the projects are located in Kenya, according to the report Africa 2030: Roadmap for a Renewable Energy Future. The report, which was released by IRENA, said that Africa currently has a total of 606 MW of installed capacity, and the total potential geothermal capacity in Africa is estimated to be 15 GW.
(Renewable Energy World, 3 Oct 2015)

Renewables Key in Race Against Climate Change Clock

Any plausible game plan for capping the rise of Earth's surface temperature depends on replacing fossil fuels with energy sources that generate little or no carbon pollution. Decarbonising energy is probably the quickest way to decarbonise the world," Adnan Amin, Director-General of IRENA, said. The question, however, is whether solar, wind and other clean energy options can scale up quickly enough.
(PHYS.org, 1 Nov 2015)

Think We Can’t Stabilize the Climate While Fostering Growth? Think Again.

IRENA reports that, in all regions of the world, average costs of generating energy with most clean renewable sources are now at rough parity with those of fossil fuels. This means that households, businesses, and public enterprises that substitute clean renewables for fossil fuels will not need to pay more to meet their energy needs.
(The Nation, 27 Oct 2015)

Poland Can Increase Renewable Energy Nearly Five-fold by 2030 Finds New Report

Poland can increase its share of renewable energy from seven per cent in 2010 to nearly 38 per cent by 2030, according to IRENA. Poland can increase renewable energy nearly five-fold by 2030.
(Renewable Energy Magazine, 27 Oct 2015)

As Oil Industry Bleeds Jobs, Asia's Green Energy Drive Offers Bright Spot

Renewables are powering a rare bright spot in the energy industry, with record job hiring in solar, wind and hydro partly offsetting the biggest round of job losses in the oil and gas sector in almost two decades. Direct and indirect employment in renewable energy jumped 18 percent, or by about 1.2 million, last year to 7.7 million globally, with most of the new jobs being created in Asia, according to IRENA.
(Reuters, 25 Oct 2015)

High-resolution Global Wind Energy Map Launched

A free map containing the most detailed publicly available information on global wind energy potential has been launched this week. The wind atlas, which was developed by IRENA and the Technical University of Denmark and is funded by the Danish government, is the most recent addition to IRENA's renewable energy mapping toolkit.
(Business Green, 22 Oct 2015)

Unleashing the Power of Women in the Renewable Energy Sector (Analysis)

Evidence from many sectors suggests that integrating women into all levels of the energy value chain will lead to more effective clean energy initiatives, unleash greater return on investments, and expand emission reduction opportunities. Adnan Z. Amin, IRENA Director-General says, "We have also found that the employment of women in the US solar industry is on the rise, increasing from 26,700 to 37,500 last year."
(The Huffington Post, 20 Oct 2015)

Where Is the World's Windiest City? Spoiler Alert: It's Not Chicago

Wind power is the obvious upside of a breezy climate, and Wellington has 62 turbines set on the hills around the city. Christian Kjaer of IRENA says “Onshore wind is doing great because New Zealand has a fantastic wind resource. Wellington is a very good example of how well onshore wind competes with fossil fuels and other sources in free competition where there are no subsidies”.
(The Guardian, 15 Oct 2015)

The International Energy Agency consistently underestimates wind and solar power. Why?

IEA should partner with IRENA, an international think tank created specifically to analyze the development of renewable energy. IRENA's assumptions and projections have proven much more accurate than IEA's. Governments and stakeholders would be better served if the two organizations put their heads together and published a joint study on the economics of and potential for renewables in the power sector.
(Vox, 13 Oct 2015)

New IRENA Guide Helps Countries Integrate Larger Share of Renewable Energy

A new report from IRENA aims to assist countries in their transition to renewable energy-based power systems. “There is enormous growth potential for solar photovoltaics and wind power in almost all countries, but we are still at a relatively early stage in global deployment” said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin. “The development of national roadmaps for power sector transformation can ensure that measures are adapted to local conditions, stakeholders are aligned at an early stage, and ambitious renewable energy targets are realized.”
(Renewable Energy Magazine, 8 Oct 2015)

IRENA Calls for Energy Roadmaps to Integrate Renewables

IRENA has released a new report outlining measures for the development of national roadmaps to assist in the transition to renewables in a country’s power grid. IRENA says that while international cooperation is important, it is crucial to develop national roadmaps with tailored, local solutions, as each country situation is unique.
(PV Magazine, 8 Oct 2015)

Renewables Could Supply Nearly a Quarter of Africa's Energy by 2030: Report

IRENA report says the continent has the potential to quadruple the proportion of its energy supplied by renewables. Almost a quarter of Africa’s energy needs could feasibly be supplied by renewables within the next 15 years, according to a new report by IRENA) yesterday. The report, which provides a roadmap for renewable energy deployment on the continent, found that a variety of modern renewable technology options could more than quadruple.
(The Guardian, 6 Oct 2015)

South Africa: Minister Announces 10 Small-Scale IPPs

Mr. Adnan Amin, the Director-General of IRENA said Africa had the potential of upping its generation of renewable energy from 5 per cent to 22 per cent by 2030. He said as the demand for electricity is projected to grow by 2030, renewable energy would contribute towards the electrifying of households across the continent.
(All Africa, 5 Oct 2015)

G20 Energy Ministers Heart Renewables, Squash “Energy Poverty” Case For Fossil Fuels

The new G20 renewable energy toolkit is a voluntary one its full title is “Toolkit of Voluntary Options for Renewable Energy Deployment.” However , baby steps. IRENA emphasizes that the G20 meeting in Turkey marks the first time that renewable energy has ever been on the G20 agenda. According to IRENA, G20 countries account for 75% of global renewable energy deployment potential, so progress among G20 countries will have a significant impact.
(Clean Technica, 3 Oct 2015)

G20 Armed with Renewables Toolkit

Twenty of the world’s leading economies have affirmed their commitment to renewable energy at a meeting of G20 energy ministers in Turkey. Participants on Friday endorsed an 11-point programme that included a “toolkit” produced by international renewables body IRENA. The toolkit provides "options for G20 countries to take a long-term, integrated and sustainable approach towards enhanced deployment of renewable energy”, said IRENA.
(ReNews, 3 Oct 2015)

IRENA Headquarters in Masdar City – A Green Office in Abu Dhabi (Magazine Page 62)

The new IRENA headquarters enables IRENA to lead by example in operating from a building that is a symbol of sustainable design and development. The complex received Four Pearls, the highest rating from Estidama. As the UAE’s first Four Pearl structure, IRENA’s HQ is one of the most advanced buildings in the country as well as one of the most sustainable of any international organisation worldwide.
(South East Asia Building, 30 Sep 2015)

Nike, Goldman Sachs, Procter & Gamble Agree Going 100% Renewable Is Good for Business

Nike's sustainability chief said RE100 sends a market signal that there is "new business in town, that rapidly transitioning to 100% renewables is good business for a lot of people", during a RE100 discussion panel at Climate Week NYC. The panel was moderated by the Director General of IRENA, Adnan Amin, who noted the increasing support for renewable energy, commending RE100 partners like Nike, Inc., Goldman Sachs and Procter & Gamble for "driving the consciousness of global decision makers."
(The Climate Group, 28 Sep 2015)

Why Do Biofuels Seem to Be Stalled?

On the heels of the VW scandal, many are asking why eco-friendly transport seems to be stalled. Biofuels that don't compete with food production may indeed play an important future role, says Nicholas Wagner of IRENA. Nicholas Wagner said, if you look at sustainability in the transport sector, there are several drivers: reducing greenhouse gas emissions, energy diversification, and technology development.
(DW.com, 24 Sep 2015)

Tech Briefs: App Provides Data on Global Renewable Energy Potential

IRENA has launched a free app to allow smartphone users to access data on global renewable energy potential. The Global Atlas pocket combines 1,000 maps from 67 governments and 50 data centers to provide information on renewable energy resources worldwide. According to IRENA, "The app turns mobile devices into renewable energy prospectors and can help answer questions like, can renewable energy power 100 percent of this island?"
(Renewable Energy World, 17 Sep 2015)

Utility-scale Battery Market to Hit $8.3bn by 2024

The market for utility-scale battery storage is expected to increase 18-fold by 2024, according to analysis released by market research firm Frost & Sullivan. The IRENA has predicted the planet will need to triple its battery storage capacity to 150GW by 2030, in order to support an energy grid increasingly powered by renewables.
(Edie.Net, 17 Sep 2015)

Using Kirigami the Japanese Art of Paper Cutting to Build Better Solar Panels

Engineers attempting to make solar energy more affordable for the average user have long faced a conundrum. The cost of solar modules has gone down dramatically over the years (about 75 percent since 2009, according to IRENA report), the price of installation has remained stubbornly high. The kirigami panels would likely be easier to install and require less heavy equipment.
(Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Sep 2015)

Green Energy for the Poor (op-ed)

Small-scale solar is only a start. Africa attracted $8 billion of investment in renewables last year, and IRENA estimates that its potential for wind and solar power amounts to more than 1.5 trillion gigawatt hours per year. There’s plenty of room for both bottom-up innovation and top-down support for green energy.
(The New York Times, 9 September 2015)

Why Small-scale Hydroelectric Plants Benefit Local Communities

At present, about 160 countries worldwide use hydropower technology for power generation, according to Adnan Amin, Director-General of IRENA. Adnan Amin admitted there have been some negative impacts from large dams in the past, especially in countries like Brazil. But such problems are increasingly a thing of the past, he said, and builders are now ready to learn from past mistakes.
(World Economic Forum, 3 September 2015)

Renewable Energy Is No longer a Political Issue (Swedish)

“Renewable energy development is increasingly independent of political conflicts,” said Adnan Z. Amin, IRENA Director-General.
(Svenska Dagbladet, 1 September 2015)

Behind Spanish Island’s ‘100% Renewable Energy’ Project Headlines

IRENA recently released its electricity storage technology roadmap, looking at how electricity storage can support the increased deployment of renewable energy. In light of this, PV Tech Storage spoke to Emanuele Taibi, Island Roadmaps Analyst for IRENA, about the specifics El Hierro’s storage technology and what factors could help it to run on 100% renewable energy and storage for even longer than four hours.
(PV Tech Storage, 31 August 2015)

As the Need for Power Surges are Small - or Big - Dams the Answer?

To provide more clean energy, particularly in fast-growing Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, the world needs more hydropower dams, energy experts say. At present, about 160 countries worldwide use hydropower technology for power generation, according to Adnan Amin, Director-General of IRENA. The power produced amounts to just under 16 percent of the world's total electricity generation, he said.
(Reuters, 28 August 2015)

The Intersection of Water Energy and Climate

This week, global experts gather in Stockholm for World Water Week amidst a backdrop of water-related crises worldwide. IRENA analysis finds that doubling the share of renewable energy, in particular solar PV and wind, could reduce water withdrawals in the power sector as much as 52 percent in the UK, 37 percent in the US, 32 percent in Australia, 28 percent in Germany and 12 percent in India.
(The Huffington Post, 24 August 2015)

World Water Forum Focuses on Role of Water for Development

Global leaders in the 25th annual World Water Week here urged global attention to the role of water for development and attempted to find solutions to the world's several escalating water crises. Other speakers at the opening session included Abdullah Ensour, Prime Minister of Jordan and Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General of the IRENA. During the week, complex challenges related to water and development will be addressed.
(Shanghai Daily, 24 August 2015)

Leaders in Water and Development Gather in Stockholm to Discuss World's Water Crises

World leaders, water experts and development professionals will meet in Stockholm 23-28 August to seek solutions to the world's several escalating water crises. Speakers at the Opening on 23 August will include the Prime Minister of Sweden, Stefan Löfven; the Prime Minister of Jordan; Abdullah Ensour; the President of the Marshall Islands, Christopher Loeak and the Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Adnan Z. Amin.
(Bloomberg, 19 August 2015)

Now Google Wants to Place the Sun on Your Rooftop

Google Inc. believes it can help you decide whether installing solar panels on your rooftop makes economic sense or not. Called Project Sunroof, Google is using its mapping and computing data resources to help calculate the “best solar plan for you”. According to IRENA, solar PV prices have fallen nearly 80% since 2008. Additionally, solar module efficiency has witnessed an annual increase of 3.5-4.5%.
(Live Mint, 19 August 2015)

Woods Bagot Installs 1000 Square Metres of Photovoltaic Panels onto IRENA HQ in Masdar City

Global design and consulting firm Woods Bagot were charged with designing the IRENA HQ based in the sustainable new-build city of Masdar in Abu Dhabi. The focus and priorities of the building was the use of passive design strategies, including enhanced thermal performance of the building envelope, an integrated shading strategy and maximum daylight and views.
(Designboom, 18 August 2015)

China's Achievements on Climate Change

Last year, IRENA published a report, predicting that China will expand its renewable energy consumption share from 13% to 26% by 2030; then become the largest renewable energy user around the world. Though some scholars worry that the assumption is over optimistic, Adnan Amin, head of the organization, emphasizes that China's potential should not be underrated.
(People's Daily, 10 Aug 2015)

Tanzania Maps Its Renewable Energy Future

Tanzania is mapping its potential to generate energy from renewable sources as part of an effort to bridge the East African nation's electricity deficit. In a report earlier this year, IRENA said it had observed significant cost reductions for renewable infrastructure in Africa in recent years, underscoring the benefits of renewable energy and the important of active policy support to governments. “African governments can lower costs for building renewable-energy facilities by benchmarking local methods to global best practices,” IRENA said.
(Thomson Reuters Foundation, 5 Aug 2015)

How Battery-powered Homes Are Unplugging Australia

IRENA predicts the global market for battery storage will grow from $US220 million ($302 million) in 2014 to $US18 billion by 2023. Ivor Frischknecht, chief executive of Australian Renewable Energy Agency, calls it an "energy revolution". "If batteries are cheap enough this value proposition will ensure that most homes have solar and storage within a few years," he says.
(Sydney Morning Herald, 1 August 2015)

Is This the Holy Grail of Batteries?

The electricity sector is expected to grow substantially with world population increasing at a rapid rate. "Globally, IRENA REmap 2030 report finds the share of renewables in the electricity sector must double to 45 per cent by 2030 and this would require an estimated 150 gigawatts of battery storage and 325 gigawatts of pumped storage hydroelectricity.
(The Age, 26 July 2015)

The Storage Revolution That Can Speed the Rise of Renewables

The share of electricity from renewable energy sources has been growing exponentially, especially in Europe and North America. A 2015 report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), sets out a roadmap for energy storage. It suggests storage will help the renewable share of annual global power generation rise from 22% in 2014 to at least 27%, and possibly to as much as 40%, by 2030.
(The Guardian, 23 July 2015)

Caribbean Seeks Funding for Renewable Energy Mix

The Martinique Conference on Island Energy Transitions was organised by IRENA and the French Government, which will host the United Nations International Climate Change Conference, COP 21, at the Le Bourget site in Paris from Nov. 30-Dec. 11 2015.
(Inter Press Service, 21 July 2015

EPO at the Forefront of Renewable Energy Technology

Recently, the EPO announced that IRENA has launched a joint initiative with the EPO to provide access to information on renewable energy technologies. Thanks to the INSPIRE platform, anyone can now have access to the world’s largest collection of global renewable energy standards and patent documents.
(EPO.org, 20 July 2015)

States Turning to Green Banks to Finance Renewables

The United States renewable energy sector has long-benefited from public policies at federal, state and local levels, which have provided everything from direct investment in solar and wind projects to tax credits that help homeowners and businesses to “go solar.” If this upward trend continues, renewable energy’s share of the US energy market could hit 27 percent by 2030, IRENA said. This would make the US the second-largest user of renewable energy in the world in 2030, second only to China.
(GreenBiz, 20 July 2015)

Enel Green Power Investing $220 Million Into Mexican Wind Farm

Mexico is one of several countries in the world which are slowly moving their way up the chain of importance when it comes to renewable energy investment and development. A report from late May published by IRENA concluded that Mexico could increase its use of renewable energy in its energy mix to 21% by 2030, and save billions in the process.
(Clean Technica, 17 July 2015)

Island Leaders Endorse Renewables Action Plan

The Martinique Action Plan (MAP) outlines practical steps for renewable energy deployment for developing island nations, and has targeted – under the umbrella of the SIDS IRENA Island Lighthouse Initiative (launched at the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit in 2014) – the installation of 100 MW of solar PV and 20 MW of wind power.
(PV-Magazine, 15 Jul 2015)

Three Island Nations Are Ready for Renewable Energy

Releasing its Renewables Readiness Assessment (RRA) reports for three South Pacific island nations Fiji, the Marshall Islands and Vanuatu – IRENA, concludes that tapping into solar, wind, geothermal, marine, biomass and biofuel energy would not only meet electricity needs, it would reduce energy costs, create gainful employment, broaden energy access, and set these and other island nations firmly on the path towards sustainable energy self-sufficiency.
(Renewable Energy World, 8 Jul 2015)

IRENA and Recharge Collaborate on REsource Online Database

IRENA has linked up with Recharge, the global wind and solar industry news platform, for a series of exclusive collaborations based on the REsource online knowledge base. Readers of Recharge will now be able to access customisable themed dashboards containing the hard data behind key issues and trends driving the global renewables sector.
(Recharge, 7 July 2015)

A Tale Of Renewable Energy Innovation Through Patents And Standards

IRENA today launched a new, free, platform to make patents and standards more accessible. The International Standards and Patents in Renewable Energy platform (INSPIRE), brings two million patents and 400 standards for renewable energy technology together in the same place. IRENA collaborated with the European Patent Office (EPO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), to bring this platform to life.
(Clean Technica, 6 Jul 2015)


IRENA Offers Platform to Inspire

IRENA has launched a new data platform giving policy makers and other energy sector participants access the world’s largest collection of global renewable energy standards and patents. IRENA said the platform can help “indicate the effectiveness of policies to promote renewable energy innovation through the analysis of trends in patent activity”.
(REnews, 6 Jul 2015)


Global Geothermal Alliance Concept One Step Further

IRENA convened roughly 60 stakeholders in June in Nairobi to finalize the concept of the Global Geothermal Alliance (GGA) and exchange views on the best way forward. The meeting was conducted by Joseph Njoroge, Principal Secretary of the Kenyan Ministry of Energy and Adnan Amin, Director General of IRENA. 
(Renewable Energy World, 1 Jul 2015)


What's Good for the Climate is Good for Business

At the UN Climate Summit in September 2014, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for the private sector to drive more action and mobilize political will for a meaningful agreement in 2015. A growing number of leading international institutions, such as IRENA and IEA, have created emission reduction roadmaps by business sector, to outline the investments and actions needed to avoid more than a 2°C increase in temperature. 
(The World Bank's Development in a Changing Climate blog, 1 Jul 2015)


Look after Fossil Fuel Workers in Shift to Clean Energy: Union Chief

Coal, oil and gas workers need a secure future as the world moves away from fossil fuel use, and governments and companies must plan to ensure any new global climate change deal is fair for all those impacted. IRENA estimates that renewable energy, excluding large hydropower, employed 7.7 million people, directly and indirectly, around the world in 2014, an 18 percent rise from the previous year. 
(Reuters, 30 Jun 2015)


China's Climate-Control Plans to Have Huge International Influence

A post-2020 climate-control action plan, to be submitted by China to the United Nations by the end of this month, will have huge influence on future global energy research and innovation, according to the head of the Abu Dhabi-based IRENA.
(China Daily, 27 Jun 2015)


Diesel-PV Hybrid Systems Trialed at SMA’s New Test Centre

Solar inverter manufacturer SMA has inaugurated a test centre for diesel-PV hybrid energy systems at the company’s German headquarters. IRENA recently produced a technology roadmap for energy storage. The document aims to identify how energy storage can be used as a flexibility resource to enable renewable energy to make up 45% of the global energy mix by 2030.
(PV Tech, 25 Jun 2015)


New IRENA Best-practice Guide Steers Renewable Energy Auctions

Renewable energy auctions are increasingly becoming a policy tool of choice to support renewable energy deployment, according to a new publication released by IRENA. New The six-volume guidebook Renewable Energy Auctions: a Guide to Design, finds that more than 60 countries have now adopted renewable energy auctions, up from six in 2005.
(Energías Renovables, 23 Jun 2015)


Wind and Solar Power Are Taking the Lead

Dam builders like to claim that hydropower is the world's largest source of renewable electricity. After a century-long head start over wind and solar power, large hydropower indeed accounted for 52 percent of the world's renewable energy capacity in 2014. But new figures from the IRENA show that the picture is quickly changing.
(The Huffington Post, 18 June 2015)

The Race for Better Batteries

Between 2006 and 2012, global solar photovoltaic’s (PV) annual capacity grew 190 percent, while wind energy’s annual capacity grew 40 percent, reported IRENA. The agency projects that by 2030, solar PV capacity will be nine times what it was in 2013; wind power could increase five-fold.
(State of the Planet Blog, The Earth Institute, 12 June 2015)

IRENA: Number of Countries with Renewable Energy Targets Quadrupled in a Decade

The number of countries with renewable energy targets has quadrupled in a decade to 164 in 2015, up from just 43 countries in 2005, according to a new report by IRENA. The report ‘Renewable Energy Target Setting’, launched alongside IRENA’s ninth Council meeting, found that 131 of these countries are developing or emerging economies.
(PV Tech, 10 June 2015)

Renewable Energy Targets Now Cover 164 Countries

Renewable energy targets have quadrupled across the world since 2005 and now exist in 164 countries, according to a new industry report. The rise over the past decade from just 43 countries setting formal goals for green energy has primarily been driven by developing nations, which now account for 131 of the nations with targets, researchers at IRENA say.
(Business Green, 10 June 2015)

IRENA Unveils Sustainable HQ in Abu Dhabi

IRENA has opened its new headquarters in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, which the organisation's Director-General has described as a "paragon of sustainability". The futuristic-looking building features a 1,000 metre square rooftop PV array, which can produce an estimated 350,000kWh of electricity per year.
(PV Tech, 4 June 2015)

IRENA HQ “Greenest” Office Building in UAE

The “greenest” office building in the UAE officially opened in Abu Dhabi today, where it will be home to the headquarters of IRENA. spearheading the region that The Climate Group has called an emerging “global clean energy hub. IRENA is an intergovernmental organization supporting countries as they transition to a low carbon future, so its new location on the edge of the Masdar City campus, the world’s first carbon neutral city, is apt.
(The Climate Group, 3 June 2015)

World’s Top Energy Modelers Gather in Abu Dhabi

More than 200 global energy scholars and researchers will gather tomorrow at the Dusit Thani in Abu Dhabi to attend the 34th annual International Energy Workshop, the world’s leading energy modeling conference. This year’s conference, hosted by IRENA, is the first in 34 years to be held in the Middle East.
(Energías Renovables, 2 June 2015)

Renewables Lead Peers in Sustained Employment Generation

When it comes to renewable energy, China leads the world in terms of employment with more than 3.4 million jobs out of a global total of 7.7 million, according to a report by the Abu Dhabi-based IRENA. Employment in the sector rose 18 percent over the past year, the organization said. The report, called Renewable Energy and Jobs - Annual Review 2015, also provided the first global estimate of the number of jobs supported by large-scale hydropower facilities.
(China Daily, 30 May 2015)

The Economics of Renewable Energy: Falling Costs and Rising Employment

This week, IRENA released its 2015 renewable energy and jobs report finding that 7.7 million people are now employed by the sector worldwide, up 18 per cent from the number reported last year and up 35 percent over the last two years. If you add large hydropower to the mix, you get a conservative estimate of an additional 1.5 million direct jobs worldwide.
(Huffington Post, 27 May 2015)

Mexico Could Generate 46% of its Electricity from Renewable Energy by 2030 (Spanish)

Mexico could generate up to 46% of its electricity from renewable sources from 2030 (about 280 terawatt /hour), said Secretary of Energy of Mexico Pedro Joaquin Coldwell this Tuesday, as he presented the report "Prospects for Renewable Energy: Mexico" with the Director-General of IRENA, Adnan Amin.
(Sputnik Mundo, 27 May 2015)

Mexico Has High Competitive Potential for Renewable Energies (Spanish)

Mexico could generate up to 46 percent of its electricity annually from renewable sources by 2030, according to a renewable energy outlook report for Mexico. IRENA Director-General Adnan Amin said that the country is heading toward rapid deployment of this type of energy, which can ensure a safer, healthier future and sustainable.
(La Voz de Michoacán, 26 May 2015)

IRENA: Renewable Energy Employment on the Rise Globally

IRENA has just published its 2015 Annual Review on “Renewable Energy and Jobs” and estimates that globally renewable energy jobs (excluding large hydropower) reached approximately 7.7 million in 2014. The world’s leading countries for renewable energy employment: China, Brazil, the US, and Germany.
(The Energy Collective, 26 May 2015)

Here’s Where the Jobs in Renewable Energy Are

This week the IRENA released a report on global employment in renewables. The report estimates both direct and indirect employment, as of 2013-2014. Large hydropower dams are excluded.
(Vox, 24 May 2015)

Global Renewable Energy Employment Increases by More than a Million Jobs

A new report by IRENA has revealed that more 7.7 million people worldwide are employed in the global renewable energy industry. The figure represents an 18 percent increase from last year’s figure of 6.5 million. The report, Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2015, also provides a first-ever global estimate of the number of jobs supported by large hydropower, with a conservative estimate of an additional 1.5 million direct jobs worldwide.
(Energías Renovables, 22 May 2015)

Global Renewable Energy Employment Surges 18 Percent to 7.7 Million

Ongoing growth in renewable energy investment and deployment is creating jobs worldwide and lots of them. This job growth is helping governments address a fundamental economic problem plaguing developed and developing countries alike.
(Renewable Energy World, 22 May 2015)

Renewables Jobs in EU Drop But Rise Worldwide

The number of renewable energy jobs worldwide increased last year by more than a million, an 18% rise to 7.7 million, but dropped in the European Union. The EU has said it wants to become the world number one in renewables. Its Energy Union strategy sets out measures by which it hopes to make up the gap on other countries.
(EurActiv, 21 May 2015)

Report: Triple Investment in Clean Energy to $1.2 trillion

UNITED NATIONS A new report calls for investment in clean energy to be tripled to $1.2 trillion annually through 2030 to give more than one billion people worldwide access to electricity and help prevent global warming. Adnan Amin, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency said Wednesday "it's absolutely feasible" that the goal can be achieved.
(Yahoo News (USA), 21 May 2015)

The Renewable Energy Industry Employs Nearly 8 Million People Worldwide

Employment in the global renewable energy industry has increased by over one million jobs during the past year, according to a new report released IRENA. 7.7 million people are now employed in renewable energy, an 18 percent increase on last year’s 6.5 million.
(Forbes, 20 May 2015)

From Kansas to Copenhagen: Clean Energy Beacons around the World

Dolf Gielen, a director at IRENA, said cold cities with large heat energy requirements are counterintuitively well placed to shift their heat to renewable sources because they often have large- scale centralised heat plants – rather than boilers in every home.
(The Guardian, 20 May 2015)

Renewable Energy Industry Supports More than 9 million Jobs in 2014: IRENA Report

Renewable energy jobs reached 7.7 million in 2014, excluding large hydropower, a new report from IRENA states. In particular, the paper estimates large hydropower supported 1.5 million direct jobs – almost half of them in China, largely in construction and installation – bringing the total renewable jobs in the world to more than 9 million last year.
(The Climate Group, 19 May 2015)

Renewable Energy Now Employs 7.7 Million People Worldwide

Renewable energy investment and deployment is paying off, and in spades, when it comes to addressing a basic issue plaguing developed and developing countries alike: an inability to generate jobs that pay a good living wage. Around the world, renewable energy job creation continues to far outpace that for economies overall. Some 7.7 million people are now employed across the global renewable energy value chain, according to IRENA.
(Triple Pundit, 19 May 2015)

Green Energy Represents 7.7 million Jobs Worldwide (French)

Green energy represents a considerable new jobs pool. According to IRENA’s annual report on jobs published Tuesday, renewable energy directly and indirectly employs 7.7 million people worldwide.
(Les Echos, 19 May 2015)

Goce Gravity Boost to Geothermal Hunt

Information about variations in gravity across the planet could help prospectors find promising locations where sub-surface heat can be exploited to generate electricity. IRENA has released the information in a special global atlas.
(The Hindu, 15 May 2015)

New Tool For Renewable Energy Developers From IRENA

The International Renewable Energy Agency has just released an exciting tool for renewable energy entrepreneurs, urban planners, and researchers: Project Navigator. It should greatly increase the number of successful renewable power projects.
(Clean Technica, 3 May 2015)

Renewable Energy Has a Bright Future

In the past five years, the price of both wind and solar have plummeted such that in a recent assessment IRENA concluded clean energy projects are matching or outperforming fossil fuels on price in many jurisdictions around the world.
(Vancouver Sun, 1 May 2015)

Progress as Renewable Energy Matures

IRENA says solar panel prices have dropped 75% since 2009. And the total installed costs of utility-scale solar plants fell as much as 65% between 2010 and 2014.
(Wall Street Daily, 28 April 2015)

IRENA Seeks to Entrench Renewable Energy Development Best Practices

IRENA has this week launched an online tool to help renewable energy developer and entrepreneurs attract investors and deliver successful projects.
(Business Green, 23 April 2015)

Goce Gravity Boost to Geothermal Hunt

The hunt for sources of geothermal energy is getting a boost from new observations of the Earth made from space.The data comes from Europe’s Goce satellite. IRENA has released the information in a special global atlas.
(BBC, 19 April 2015)

New Tool Helps Identify Global Geothermal Potentials

A new tool to investigate global geothermal energy potentials is now available online. The new tool is the product of collaboration between the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the European Space Agency (ESA).
(Renewable Energy Magazine, 16 April 2015)

Renewables can weather any oil price changes: BNEF Summit

Renewable energy costs have fallen so far, so fast that they can rival oil-fuelled generation in the Middle East. Indeed, a new report released last week by the UAE government, IRENA and Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, has predicting that solar and wind energy could now be the region’s cheapest sources of new energy.
(Renew Economy, 14 April 2015)

Could Solar and Wind Undercut Fossil Fuels in the United Arab Emirates?

The UAE could enhance its competitiveness by increasingly relying on lower-cost wind and solar power, according to the "eye-opening" conclusion of a major new report from IRENA, the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, and the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
(Business Green, 8 April 2015)

Clean electricity? Grid parity has already been reached (Italian)

According to IRENA, in Europe in 2014 new onshore wind or mainland projects have provided energy at a lower cost than conventional systems.
(La Stampa, 6 April 2015)

Falling Cost of Solar Offers Solace After Halving of Oil Price

“The outlook for solar power [in the region] is substantial,” says Adnan Amin, IRENA Director-General.
(Financial Times, 31 Mar 2015)

IRENA Director-General Highlights Pioneering Work in Renewable Energy Produced in Germany (German)

IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin emphasised the global impact of Germany's role in the development and use of renewable energy in his keynote speech.
(PV Magazine, 26 Mar 2015)

The Challenge of Unlocking Solar Capacity in the Pacific Islands

IRENA initiates efforts to mobilize sustainable markets one island at a time.
(The Energy Collective, 21 Mar 2015)

IRENA: Renewables Key to Socio-Economic Development in Swaziland

Developing Swaziland’s vast renewable energy resources would provide substantial socio-economic benefits for its population, according to a new IRENA report.
(Energias Renovables, 19 March 2015)

Renewable Energy Key to Achieving Socio-economic Development in Swaziland Says New IRENA Report

Developing Swaziland’s vast renewable energy resources would provide substantial socio-economic benefits for its population, according to a new IRENA report.
(PV Magazine, 19 March 2015)

Welcome to the New World of Super-low Oil Prices

The price of a standard solar photovoltaic module has fallen 75% since the end of 2009, according to a recent report from IRENA.
(Fast Company’s Co.Exist, 16 March 2015)

Nicaragua's Clean Energy Progress Has Only Just Begun

“Nicaragua’s renewable energy sector has a bright future, both for utility-scale and small-scale projects, due to the country’s largely untapped renewable resources,” IRENA said in a report published in January.
(The Christian Science Monitor, 12 March 2015)

German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel Visits Masdar

Vice Chancellor Gabriel visited the recently completed headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency, which is located in Masdar City.
(Zawya, 10 March 2015)

UAE Unwraps Wind Atlas

"The launch of the UAE Wind Atlas marks another key milestone in our efforts to bring a comprehensive clean energy resource map to the global community." – IRENA Director-General Adnan Amin
(Renews, 10 March 2015)

The role of storage in cutting CSP costs

The Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2014 report from IRENA has a diagram that is a must-see for CSP fans.
(CSP Today, 6 March 2015)

A Global Climate Deal is Not Only the Right Choice; It is the Smart One

The International Renewable Energy Agency reports close to 1 million renewable jobs were created in 2013 alone, led by the solar industry.
(The Climate Group, 2 March 2015)

What Do Apple, Citi and Shell Have in Common?

IRENA reported in January renewable power generation prices are now at cost parity with or below fossil fuel generation in many parts of the world.
(Huffington Post, 25 February 2015)

IRENA Gears Up for Publication of 2030 Storage Roadmap

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is to run a workshop in Germany next month to canvas final opinion ahead of publishing its first roadmap for electricity storage technologies.
(PV Tech Storage, 25 February 2015)

Falling Oil Prices Won’t Derail St. Lucia’s Push for Clean Energy

A renewable energy expert with IRENA tells IPS that falling oil prices present an excellent opportunity for small island developing states such as St. Lucia and other Caribbean Community allies to accelerate their renewable energy programme.
(Inter Press Service, 25 February 2015)

Leaders advance plans to unlock renewable energy potential in Central America

An initiative to integrate more renewable energy into the Central America power system took one step forward as regional vice-ministers, directors of energy, and directors of climate change met in El Salvador to discuss Central America’s energy future, IRENA reports.”
(Solar Server, 23 February 2015)

Off the Well-Trodden Path: Where are the Hidden Solar PV Growth Markets?

According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, the US has the “potential to lead the global transition to renewable energy…”
(The Energy Collective, 20 February 2015)

IRENA Director-General: Renewable Energy Can Fuel India's Economic Growth

IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin stressed the importance of renewable energy in sustainably meeting India's growing energy needs at the Renewable Energy Global Investors' Meet & Expo.
(PV Magazine, 16 February 2015)

REsource: Get the Inside Scoop on Saudi Arabia Solar Power

REsource is a new search tool for renewable energy, and that’s not all. By pulling together accurate, reliable data on Saudi Arabia solar potential, REsource also provides key insights into the forces at work behind the oil price crash.
(Clean Technica, 8 February 2015)

Renewable Energy Sources Trumping Fossil Fuels As Prices Plummet, According to New Report

A revolution in the renewable energy source domain is picking up speed after a new study released by IRENA revealed plummeting costs for wind and solar power.
(Weather Channel, 6 February 2015)

‘Historic opportunity’: Renewables start competing with fossil fuels

The cost of supplying wind and solar energy has been plummeting since 2010, says the International Renewable Energy Agency.
(RT, 6 February 2015)

Six Charts that Show Renewable Energy is Getting Cheaper

IRENA recently released its latest report, “Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2014,” and it’s chock full of current info.
(Grist, 3 February 2015)

Green Power There for the Grabbing

"China can continue its leadership in renewable energy by accelerating action in the renewable area," said Adnan Amin, Director-General of IRENA.
(China Daily, 30 January 2015)

Green Power Takes on Fossil Fuels

Wind energy is economically competitive, often cheaper than fossil fuels, according to a new IRENA report.
(Deutsche Welle, 30 January 2015)

Renewable Energy Costs Expected to Drop 40% in Next Few Years

The cost of generating power from renewable energy sources has reached parity or dropped below the cost of fossil fuels in many parts of the world, according to a new IRENA report.
(Computerworld, 29 January 2015)

Renewables Can Benefit Water, Energy and Food Nexus

A new IRENA report, says that integrating renewable energy in the agrifood supply chain alone could help to rein in cost volatility, bolster energy security, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to long-term food sustainability
(IPS, 26 January 2015)

IRENA Headquarters Is Among The Greenest Office Buildings In Abu Dhabi

The global headquarters of IRENA has finally been completed and is among the greenest buildings in the city of Abu Dhabi.
(Clean Technica, 26 January 2015)

GCC renewable energy targets will cut water use by 22%

Realising the renewable energy targets of the GCC will result in a 22% reduction in water consumption for power generation and associated fuel extraction, according to a new report by IRENA.
(Yahoo Maktoob, 22 January 2015)

Low Oil Prices Won’t Hurt Clean Energy

A new report from IRENA has found that the cost of generating renewable energy is now equal to or below the cost of fossil fuels in many parts of the world.
(Climate Progress, 20 January 2015)

Future looks green as cost of renewables falls

"Onshore wind power witnessed most price drops in 2014, and it is now available in over 100 countries," said Adnan Amin, Director-General of IRENA.
(Yahoo Maktoob, 18 January 2015)

Bilateral agreement most welcome news of last year

The most welcome news of 2014 was the bilateral agreement on climate change between the US and China, two countries accounting for 40% percent of global emissions, said Adnan Amin, director-general of IRENA.
(China Daily, 18 January 2015)

IRENA Unveils REsource — “Google” For Renewable Energy Information”

IRENA is about to launch an awesome new tool called REsource. "The rapid growth of the renewable energy industry outpaces the information available to monitor and analyse the sector,” IRENA writes.
(Clean Technica, 13 January 2015)

Key Role for Solar in IRENA US Renewables Transition Plan

PV capacity in the US could reach 135GW within 15 years under proposals by IRENA to boost the proportion of renewables in the US energy mix to more than a quarter by 2030.
(PV Tech, 13 January 2015)

New IRENA report: US can more than triple share of renewable energy by 2030; Total installed PV capacity could reach 135 GW

New IRENA report says the US can increase its use of renewable energy in power generation from 14 percent to almost 50 percent by 2030, making it the world’s second largest renewable energy user after China.
(Solar Server, 12 January 2015)

Year in review 2014: Renewables set the trend

The trendiest term in the energy realm could be diversification, and a major player in diversifying the global energy mix is the renewables sector. Abu Dhabi-based IRENA said that the low bids signalled the cost competitiveness of renewables.
(The National, 25 December 2014)

The switch to renewable power is a battle we cannot afford to lose

Since the final gavel fell at the Lima climate talks earlier this month, discussions have centred on one question: what did the talks actually accomplish? Research by IRENA shows that a doubling of the world’s share of renewable energy by 2030 would help avoid the worst effects of climate change and would be cheaper than not doing so.
(The Guardian , 24 December 2014)

Graphene Nanotechnology makes Desalination 100 times more Efficient

According to information published by the IRENA, the world’s desalination plants consume approximately 360 million kilowatt-hours each day.
(Green Prophet, 16 December 2014)

IRENA Publishes Second Edition of NAMA Handbook

IRENA has released the second edition of the 'IRENA Handbook on Renewable Energy Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs),' which guides policy makers and NAMA developers as they seek to use NAMAs to deploy renewable energy and mitigate climate change.
(IISD, 15 December 2014)

The Rapid Rise of Green Bonds

The director-general of IRENA, Adnan Z. Amin, said efforts by his organisation to “double renewable energy” and encourage investors have been paying off, including a new effort to promote geothermal in Latin America.
(IPS, 10 December 2014)

Disaster-hit South Asia needs Climate Cash, Know-how – Experts

Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General of IRENA, said energy-deficient South Asia will account for a substantial share of the growth in global energy demand over the next two decades.
(Reuters, 8 December 2014)

How Renewable Energy Jobs Are Changing America

Few industries in the U.S. are growing as fast as renewable energy. According to IRENA and Jobs-Annual Review 2014, there are 6.5 million people employed in renewable energy around the globe.
(The Motley Fool, 6 December 2014)

The Climate Group Sows Seeds for Clean Energy Network in South Asia

The seeds of the South Asia Network for Clean Energy were planted last November by 31 key organizations and industry associations, such as IRENA the Asian Development Bank and many other national associations
(The Climate Group, 2 December 2014)

Nation to top green list by 2030

China will become the world's largest renewable energy market by 2030 if it can double the ratio of such sources as solar and wind in the total energy mix to 26%, said IRENA
(China Daily, 25 November 2014)

Why China’s big plan to cut emissions is good for tech business

A report, by IRENA, said China could do more to boost renewable energy generation for electricity, transportation, industrial production and other areas so that clean energy can account for 26% of its energy use by 2030.
(Gigaom, 24 November 2014)

22 projects shortlisted for UAE energy loans

Twenty-two projects have been shortlisted for this year’s loans given by ADFD in coordination with IRENA for renewable energy projects in developing countries.
(Gulf News, 17 November 2014)

The Greening of China

IRENA’s annual review reported that China’s solar photovoltaic value chain employed 1.6 million in 2013, while its solar thermal sector supports 800,000.
(State of the Planet, 8 November 2014)

Bangladesh finds an answer in solar energy

IRENA released an annual review report in 2014 which shows that Bangladesh is currently installing 70,000 solar panels a month.
(Deutsche Welle, 7 November 2014)

Increasing adoption of renewable energy to fight climate change

The need to decarbonise energy to address climate change is becoming a driving force for deployment of renewable energy and the world has started grabbing this opportunity for positive change, according to IRENA.
(Gulf News, 3 November 2014)

International Renewable Energy Agency calls for massive expansion of renewables around the world

Representatives from over 90 countries came to Abu Dhabi to discuss and recommend actions to promote the expansion of renewables around the world.
(SolarServer, 3 November 2014)

Why Microgrids Are Catching On In Africa

There is a big focus by development banks, including the Asia Development Bank and the Islamic Development Bank, on microgrids “as a very interesting, scalable opportunity for them to put their money to work,” says IRENA
(AFK Insider, 30 October 2014)

IRENA supports energy access initiatives for Africa and Asia

IRENA recently organized a weeklong knowledge sharing workshop for energy business incubators and entrepreneurs from Asia and Africa from 22nd to 27th of September, 2014.
(Africa Business, 21 October 2014)

Foreign Minister Charles Fernandez Meets Director General Adnan Z. Amin Of IRENA

Antigua and Barbuda Foreign Minister, the Hon. Charles Fernandez recently met with Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in an effort to strengthen relations with the institution.
(Antigua Chronicle, 19 October 2014)

Experts call for removing energy and water subsidies in UAE

Experts in the energy and environment sectors have called for removing government subsidies for water and energy, potentially paving the way for higher utility prices in the UAE. Everyone knows the price for fossil fuels is much lower than their real cost, IRENA director-general Adnan Z. Amin said.
(Gulf News, 16 October 2014)

Russia has key renewables role says IRENA boss

Meeting the world’s rising energy demand with the current global energy mix would be “catastrophic” according to the director-general of the International Renewable Energy Council, Adnan Z. Amin.
(Power Engineering International, 13 October 2014)

New Report Sheds Light on the Potential of Biomass

Biomass appears poised for big things in coming decades. According to a recent report from IRENA, biomass could account for as much as 60 percent of the global renewable energy mix by the year 2030, providing up to 20 percent of the world’s electricity needs.
(Renewable Energy World, 7 October 2014)

IRENA Provides Overview of Ocean Energy Technologies

According to a report by IRENA, the potential of ocean energy is “staggering,” and related technologies could contribute to energy interdependence, decarbonization and job creation.
(Foreign Affairs (NZ), 1 October 2014)

Offshore winds soon to power Cape Cod: Part I

North America's first offshore wind farm will soon provide roughly three-quarters of electricity for area residents in southeastern Massachusetts. IRENA estimates 800,000 jobs in the wind industry worldwide.
(Capecodtoday, 30 September 2014)

IRENA Report Forecasts Positive Future for Biomass Industry

A new report from IRENA predicts that biomass could provide 20% of global electricity and potentially represents 60% of global renewable energy usage by 2030.
(Energy Digital, 30 September 2014)

Kenya Seeks to Auction Renewable Energy Deals

The government is searching for a consultancy to explore the introduction of renewable energy auctions, with a view to cutting retail consumers' power costs.
(The Star (Kenya), 26 September 2014)

Biomass plays major role in doubling renewables

If all technology options are deployed, total biomass demand could reach 20 percent of total primary energy supply by 2030 and represent 60 percent of total global renewable energy use.
(Energy Enviro World, 26 September 2014)

Global Geothermal Alliance initiated by several countries and organisations

As the UN Climate Summit concluded, Iceland, IRENA and other partners introduced their Global Geothermal Alliance Action Statement and Action Plan.
(Think GEOENERGY, 25 September 2014)

IRENA: Biomass could reach 60 percent of total global renewable energy use by 2030

The agency's REmap 2030 foresees a major role for modern, sustainable biomass technologies in efforts to double the share of renewables in the global energy mix.
(Renewable Energy Magazine, 25 September 2014)

Zimbabwe Takes Interest in Clean Energy Initiative

The southern African country is keen to participate in IRENA’s Africa Clean Energy Corridor initiative, says Environment, Water and Climate Minister Saviour Kasukuwere.
(The Herald (Zimbabwe), 25 September 2014)

Campaign Calls for 100 Companies, 100 Percent Renewable Power

IRENA working with the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and the Climate Group to see the RE100 through to fruition.
(Triple Pundit, 24 September 2014)

$550 Billion Per Year Investment In Renewable Energy Needed To Meet Climate Change Goals

The world needs to more than double its annual investment in renewable energy by 2030 to restrict global rise in temperature to 2ºC by the end of the century, IRENA says.
(Clean Technica, 24 September 2014)

U.N. Climate Summit Harvests a Host of Commitments

Leaders from 19 countries and 32 partners from government, regional organisations, development institutions and private investors committed to creating an 8,000 kilometre-long African Clean Energy Corridor.
(New York Times dot.earth blog, 23 September)

At UN summit, plans announced to boost low-carbon, renewable energy in Africa, small islands

An initiative announced at the Climate Summit would reduce dependency on fossil fuels in eastern and southern Africa, where electricity is set to double within the next quarter century; a second initiative aims to deliver a cleaner energy mix for up to 4.7 million people in small island developing states.
(UN News Centre, 23 September 2014)

How to create jobs by tackling climate change

By taking action to mitigate climate change, companies are promoting sustainable growth and creating high-quality employment, as research by IRENA and others confirms.
(World Economic Forum Blog, 23 September 2014)

Climate Change: Renewable Energy Can Meet Global Demand and Cut Carbon Emissions, Roadmap Shows

IRENA’s global roadmap shows renewable energy can meet rising demand cheaply, helping limit global warming to two degrees during the century.
(International Business Times, 21 September 2014)

Push for New Pact on Climate Change Is Plagued by Old Divide of Wealth

Africa Clean Energy Corridor among highlights of Climate Summit
(New York Times, 20 September 2014)

IRENA report features bioenergy supply, demand projections

A new report from IRENA predicts a major role for modern, sustainable biomass technologies in the world’s energy mix.
(Biomass Magazine, 19 September 2014)

Australia Packed With Underground Geothermal Energy

IRENA’s Atlas highlights "hotspots" for enhanced development
(Australasian Mining Review, 10 Sep 2014)

Nicolas Hulot: Energy transition law, a "moment of truth"

Ecologist says France can make a fresh start with carbon tax
(Libération, 9 Sep 2014; article en français)

Bahamas Scores Big with International Renewable Energy Agency

The island country scored a major victory on its way to implementing renewable energy standards and policies with IRENA’s agreement to provide assistance.
(Bahamas Information Services, 3 September 2014)

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