Regional Status Reports


The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region has vast renewable energy resources but the energy market to-date remains underdeveloped. REN21's ECOWAS Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report documents developments in the region, providing a regional perspective on the renewable energy and energy efficiency market and industry development across West Africa.

The report details ECOWAS Member states' commitment to developing renewable energy and energy efficiency by addressing current energy sector challenges while simultaneously building a resilient energy system. Sustained investment in the region's renewables sector however is desperately needed.

The report is for policymakers, industry, investors and civil society to make informed decisions with regards to the diffusion of renewable energy.  The 92-page report covers recent developments, current status, and key trends; by design, it does not provide analysis or forecast.

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MENA Renewables Status Report

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has a vast abundance of renewable energy resources. With its strong demographic growth, rapid urbanization and an expanding economy, the MENA region is experiencing a strong growth in demand for energy and electricity.

The MENA Renewables Status Report, produced by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), REN21, and the United Arab Emirates, and released in June 2013 as an outcome of ADIREC, the Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference, provides a status overview of renewable energy markets, industry, policy and investment trends in the region, drawing on the most recent data available. It is produced in cooperation with over 50 contributors and researchers in the region and reveals massive growth in the renewable energy markets of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Regional investment topped US$2.9 billion in 2012, up 40% from 2011 and 650% from 2004. With over 100 projects under development, the region could see a 450% increase in non-hydro renewable energy generating capacity in the next few years. 

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Indian Renewable Energy  Status Report

The Indian Renewable Energy Status Report provides a comprehensive review of the current status of renewable energy deployment and policies in India. It starts off with a description of the institutional framework guiding energy development in India - both at national and regional level, the main policy drivers impacting energy, and the major policy actions India has taken that impact renewable energy deployment. The paper presents estimates of potential for wind, solar, small hydro, and bioenergy and the deployment of each of these technologies to date in India. The potentials for India to meet large-scale generation needs and provide access to remote, non-electrified populations are also covered. Finally, the enabling environment required to facilitate rapid scale of renewable energies is discussed, including technology transfer and status of financing in India.

This background report for DIREC 2010 is a joint publication of both Indian and international experts with extensive knowledge in renewable energies in India: The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Integrated Research and Action for Development (IRADe), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH, BRIDGE TO INDIA Pvt. Ltd., and REN21.

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Chinese Renewable Energy Status Report

REN21 released its report Recommendations for Improving the Effectiveness of Renewable Energy Policies in China. This report provides a list of recommendations to the policy makers in China on improving the effectiveness of renewable energy policies domestically.

This report was commissioned by REN21 and produced in collaboration with the Chinese Renewable Energy Industry Association (CREIA) and technology experts from various Chinese research institutions and the private sector. It was derived from a larger background paper with more detailed scrutiny of each renewable energy technology and its policy implications in China.



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