According to IRENA’s latest Global Renewables Outlook 2020, around 65% of the total final energy use will be made up by renewables in 2050. About 86% of the electricity generated will come from renewables of which 60% will be supplied by solar and wind resources.
The Power Sector Transformation team at IRENA assists Member Countries in identifying solutions to further accelerate the transformation of the power system to one dominated by renewable energy, while at the same time electrifying end use sector to achieve deep decarbonisation. The keyword for this work is flexibility: more flexible operations, more flexible generation, stronger grids, energy storage, demand response, hydrogen from renewable power, heat pumps and electromobility. The PST team produces knowledge products on how to leverage flexibility across the energy sector to further accelerate deployment of renewable energy in the power sector and applies this knowledge together with Member Countries at national and regional level. The PST team also supports REmap in performing power system flexibility assessments in specific projects and works with the innovation team on modelling innovative solutions for the power sector transformation.
PST’s work is expected to continue leveraging this whole-of-sector approach to support member countries in the pursuit of a decarbonised energy system that revolves around a renewable-based, flexible power system.
IRENA’s work covers all the following areas: