ECREEEE: co-host of ECOWAS Sustainable Energy Policy & Investment High Level Forum

The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) is co-hosting the ECOWAS Sustainable Energy Policy & Investment High Level Forum 14th to 18th September 2015 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire   The Forum will bring together top-level policy and decision makers, project promoters, investors and international partners to meet, discuss and explore relevant inter-linkages between enabling environment and project development and financing and identify concrete investment opportunities. It will facilitate match-making for investment ready projects and serve as a platform for the governments of the ECOWAS countries to present the renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy access targets as well as the agreed policy measures included in their Sustainable Energy Country Action Plans. Furthermore, the event will provide a veritable platform for stakeholder dialogue on the required next steps to mitigate existing barriers to sustainable energy investments in the ECOWAS region.   REN21 will present on the Closing the Data Gap; The relevance of quality data for sound decision-making.   Co-organisers of the Forum are the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Climate Technology Initiative – Private Financing Advisory Network (CTI-PFAN), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). The event is supported by the Government of Côte d’Ivoire, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC), the European Union (EU), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

REN21 blog: Distributed renewable energy in developing countries

Key to universal energy access: In advance of GOGLA’s 4th International Off-Grid Lighting Conference and Exhibition If universal electrification has a chance to succeed, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), 55 percent of all new power between now and 2030 must come from decentralised energy sources with 90 percent of it being renewable.[i] Renewable energy plays an increasingly central role in the provision of energy services to people globally. Over the past number of years, renewable energy has grown at an unprecedented rate and accounts for 19.1 % of final global energy consumption. Global renewable energy capacity has more than doubled in the past decade and, in 2014, approximately 60% of the net addition to the global power capacity came from renewables.[ii] REN21 Renewables 2015 Global Status Report – Estimated Renewable Energy Share of Global Final Energy Consumption Technology advancements and a dramatic decrease in costs have made renewables broadly cost competitive with conventional energy sources. Thus, it is not surprising that some USD 270 billion was invested in renewable power and fuels in 2014, increasing to 301 billion when we take into account large-scale hydropower (> 50 MW). It is worth noting that almost 50% of this was in developing countries. [iii] In developing countries, renewable energy systems offer unprecedented opportunities to accelerate the transition to modern energy services in remote and rural areas. Increased access to affordable lighting, sustainable cooking and heating devices, communications, and refrigeration; improved public health; and energy for processing and other productive activities achieve...

REN21 Webinar: 2015 GSR and Distributed Renewable Energy

10 September 2015 10:00 a.m. EDT | 4:00 p.m. CEST Check your local time. Reserve your seat now. For more information.   The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), is hosting a no-cost, webinar-based training on REN21’s flagship report, the Renewables 2015 Global Status Report, focusing on its findings related to distributed renewable energy. Join us to find out what made 2014 another record year for renewables. Learn how increased additions of solar PV and wind in the electricity sector have driven other energy sectors and how 2014 marks the first time we decoupled CO2 emissions from economic growth. This webinar will begin with an overview of REN21’s newly released Renewables 2015 Global Status Report and will then look at the status of distributed energy in sub-Saharan Africa. As REN21’s 2015 report shows, with a total installed capacity of roughly 147 GW, all of Africa has less power-generation capacity than Germany. Access to clean cooking continues to fall behind population, leading to negligible progress overall and a regression in some regions. This webinar will also discuss the current status of distributed renewables in the region and what can be done to increase adoption. The presentations will be followed by a question and answer session with the audience.

SAIREC 2015 is open for registration!

From 4-7 October, 2015 the sixth International Renewable Energy Conference will take place in Cape Town, South Africa. The International Renewable Conferences are foremost dedicated to renewable energy and provide a global platform for government, private sector and civil society leaders to advance energy. There is no registration fee. However you do need to register in order to gain access to the venue. To register, please go to the SAIREC webpage.

Call for tender – ECOWAS Renewable Energy Status Report

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is one of the most active regions in Africa for the promotion of renewables and energy efficiency. The region’s considerable renewable energy resources are central in helping meet current and projected demand. Renewable energy also presents an opportunity for the region to achieve a globally important position in the renewable energy market, which is likely to become the cornerstone of a low-carbon green economy of the future. To facilitate the uptake of renewables in the region, REN21 and ECOWAS ECREEE have joined together to produce an ECOWAS Renewable Energy Status Report.  The following call is for authoring the ECOWAS Status Report and Executive Summary. The Terms of Reference are available here. For any questions, please contact the REN21 Secretariat The deadline date for receipt of the proposals is: Friday, 8th  November 2013, 17:00 (CET)  

Call for tender – REN21 Renewables 2014 Global Status Report

The Renewables Global Status Report is produced as a collaborative effort of more than 500 international experts, comprising several authors, a network of regional, technology and topical contributors, and expert reviewers. For the 2014 edition, the REN21 Secretariat is calling for tenders for the Research Direction and Lead Authorship position, as well as Lead Technology Authorships covering the renewable energy technologies (bioenergy, geothermal, hydropower, ocean energy, solar energy, wind power) and sectors (power, heating & cooling, transport) presented in the Renewables Global Status Report. | More information (click to download a zip file containing additional details) For further information, please contact the REN21 Secretariat. The deadline date for receipt of the proposals is: Friday, 11 October 2013, 10.00 AM (Paris time)