Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2017

This report highlights the latest trends for each of the main renewable power technologies, based on the latest cost and auction price data from projects around the world.

  • January 2018
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  • Costs, Power
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  • English

Water Use in India’s Power Generation: Impact of renewables and improved cooling technologies to 2030

This study analyses the prospective impact of renewable energy deployment, along with recently mandated changes to power plant cooling systems, on water use in India’s electricity sector.   

  • January 2018
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  • Heating & Cooling, Power
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  • English
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  • India

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Renewable Energy Outlook: Thailand

This report evaluates Thailand’s options for power generation, transport development, thermal and bioenergy use, and identifies the key challenges in scaling up renewables.

  • November 2017
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  • Energy Transition, Transport
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  • English
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  • Thailand

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Electricity storage and renewables: Costs and markets to 2030

Battery electricity storage is a key technology in the world’s transition to a sustainable energy system. This study shows that battery electricity storage systems offer enormous deployment and cost-reduction potential. By 2030, total installed costs could fall between 50% and 60% (and battery cell costs by even more), driven by optimisation of manufacturing...

  • October 2017
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  • Power, Costs
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  • English

Perspectives for the energy transition: Investment needs for a low-carbon energy system

This joint study looks at the potential for decarbonisation in the energy sector in G20 countries and around the world. Chapter 3, “Global Energy Transition Prospects and the Role of Renewables”, highlights findings from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

  • March 2017
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  • Energy Transition, Innovation
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  • English

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

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

  • January 2017
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  • Energy Transition, Power
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  • English

The Power to Change: Solar and Wind Cost Reduction Potential to 2025

Increasing economies of scale, more competitive supply chains and further technological improvements will continue reducing the costs of solar and wind power. The same factors will also boost the availability of these key renewable power sources at night and in varying weather conditions.

  • June 2016
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  • Costs, Power
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  • English

Scaling up Variable Renewable Power: The Role of Grid Codes

Increasing the share of renewable power from variable sources, namely solar and wind energy, requires technological developments to be accompanied by well-designed regulations for grid management and operation.

  • May 2016
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  • Power
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  • English

Renewables Readiness Assessment: Mongolia

Mongolia can use its vast renewable energy resources to bolster energy security, reduce pollution, meet global climate commitments and develop regional electricity exports, finds this report prepared jointly by IRENA and Mongolian Ministry of Energy. Electricity output from the country’s solar and wind resources alone could reach 15,000 terawatt-hours per year.

  • March 2016
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  • Energy Transition, Power
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  • English
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  • Mongolia

Water Use in China’s Power Sector: Impact of Renewables and Cooling Technologies to 2030

This brief by China Water Risk and IRENA examines the expected impact of China’s power sector on water and climate in 2030. Building on plans announced at the COP21 climate change conference in Paris, and earlier analyses by China Water Risk and IRENA, it assesses the impact of different options for China’s power mix in 2030 on water use and carbon emissions. As the findings...

  • February 2016
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  • Heating & Cooling, Power
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  • Chinese, English
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  • China