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Launch of SADC Report – coming tomorrow!

The SADC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report Report will be launched 5 October, 2015. The report provides policymakers, industry, investors and civil society a comprehensive overview of areas for potential challenges and opportunities for meeting the region’s need for accessible, clean and sustainable energy. For more information visit the REN21 website.

REN21 Renewables 2015 Global Status Report: Renewable Energy Integration

24 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 for the launch of REN21’s flagship report, the Renewables 2015 Global Status Report, focusing on its findings related to renewable energy integration. 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 integrating increased shares of renewables—specifically in Europe and America. With the estimated renewable energy share of global electricity production standing at 22.8%, utilities are grappling with how best to bring large amounts of renewable energy online. Hear about what has happened to date and where future challenges and opportunities might be. The presentations will be followed by a question and answer session with the audience.

UNECE Report: Open for Peer Review – Your expert input needed!

We are happy to announce that the review draft of the UNECE Renewable Energy Status Report is ready for your valuable input.   The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) have joined forces to develop this report, which draws on the experience of many contributors, making it a collaborative effort and a great resource for the region.   We invite your valuable expert comments on the draft, which can be accessed on REN21+ at http://ren21plus.ren21.net/. Your input and any comments are highly appreciated and will be acknowledged in the final report.   For instructions how to create a user profile on REN21+ (if you do not already have an account) and how to use the peer review tool to access the draft and submit comments, please click here.   This review process will close on Wednesday, 23 September 2015, at 12:00 CEST. No comment will be accepted after this time. Also feel free to distribute this invitation to your network!   The UNECE Renewable Energy Status Report concentrates on the efforts of 17 selected countries in the region: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Montenegro, Russian Federation, Serbia, Tajikistan, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and  Uzbekistan.   Please feel free to contact me (martin.hullin@ren21.net) or Shweta Koshy (shweta.koshy@ren21.net) should you have any questions. If you experience any problems with the peer review tool, please email support@ren21.net.   Thank you in advance for your valuable...

InfoPoint Lunch-Time Conference – Global Status of Renewable Energy: Ren21’s Renewables 2015 Global Status Report

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location: Thursday, September 17, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM (CEST) Click here to register.   External Cooperation InfoPoint 43-45, Rue de la Loi 1040 Brussels Belgium   Introduction Felice Zaccheo Deputy Head of Unit, DEVCO C5, Water, Energy, Infrastructures   Presentation Alexandra Sombsthay Policy officer in charge of International relations for renewables, DG ENER Christine Lins Executive Secretary of REN21   Closing remarks Piotr Tulej Head of Unit, DG CLIMA , Unit C1, Low Carbon Technologies Conference Language: English Q&A session: English & French    

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)