Renewable Energy Training Week (first in series)
25 January 2015
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

IRENA is organising its first Renewable Energy Training Week for regulators, in order to build the capacity for regulatory decision-making at national and regional levels. Knowledge from the training week will help decision-makers to provide an enabling regulatory environment for the timely and efficient development and integration of renewable power-generation resources.

Global Atlas training session: Latin America
2 February 2015
Lima, Peru

IRENA will provide a training module for experts involved in national-level planning for renewable energy deployment. The module does not require geospatial analysis skills, but rather aims at enabling policy makers to better understand the added value that geospatial analysis can bring. It also highlights how geospatial analysis can be used in the development of policies supporting wind and solar energy deployment. The training, financed by the Flemish and German governments, is offered by invitation.

Island Energy Transitions: Pathways for Accelerated Uptake of Renewables
8-9 April 2015
Martinique, overseas region of France

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the French government, together with the regional government of Martinique, will hold a meeting on accelerating the uptake of renewables on islands. Discussions will focus on renewable resource assessments as a prerequisite to investment; waste-to-energy systems, which can reduce waste disposal and electricity costs; and renewable-based desalination, providing islands with fresh water from the surrounding sea. 

Energy is a crucial development challenge for islands.  Most electricity is generated from imported diesel fuel at high cost, so that fuel import bills often exceed total export revenues. While many islands have identified the transition to renewable energy as a key policy priority, putting this into practice is often difficult due to the small size of island markets, high installation costs, shortages of skills, and limited access to finance. 

Participation in the meeting is by invitation.