South Africa International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC) date set

The Government of South Africa has officially announced that the next International Renewable Energy Conference in South Africa (SAIREC) will take place from 4-7 October 2015. Dedicated exclusively to the renewable energy sector, IREC is a high-level political conference series hosted by a national government every two years and convened by REN21. Each IREC acts as a common platform for government, private sector and civil society leaders to jointly address the goal of advancing renewable energy and has provided the impetuses for several momentous initiatives over the past decade. | more information

REN21 at COP19

In parallel with its 14th Steering Committee meeting, REN21 participated in two COP 19 side events in Warsaw, Poland, both events hosted by REN21 members. The REN Alliance event looked at the integration of technologies to achieve a 100% renewable society. “Achieving ecodevelopment through smart energy planning” was hosted by HELIO International. Here REN21 presented on the need for reliable information to make good decisions. Questions from the audience at both events illustrated the collective frustration at the slow integration of renewables into the energy mix. | more information

REN21 at a glance

Are you interested in knowing what REN21 did in 2013? What about what we plan to do in 2014? REN21’s 2013 Annual Report provides readers with this information and more. Links to all REN21’s 2013 publications are included in the on-line version making it a handy reference tool. If you would like a printed copy of the report, please contact us.

Webinar on Global Renewable Energy Status and Medium-term Outlook until 2018

The Clean Energy Solutions Center in partnership with the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) is pleased to present a webinar exploring the key findings of REN21’s Renewables 2013 Global Status Report and IEA’s Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report 2013: Market Trends and Projections to 2018. | more information

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)  

Start of GSR Webinar Series

Interested in learning about results from REN21’s Renewables 2013 Global Status Report? Want to hear about developments in your region? If so, join us for our webinar series starting this September. | more information regarding times and regions covered.

IRENA releases IOREC Key Findings

IRENA co-organised the International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference (IOREC) along with the ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), in Accra, Ghana, on 1-2 November 2012. This report presents the key findings and recommendations that emerged from the roundtable discussions during IOREC. | more information

RECP Mini-Grid Workshop to be held in Tanzania

The Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP) is organising a Mini-Grid workshop in Arusha, Tanzania on 5 September 2013. This workshop is an initiative of the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP), incollaboration with The Africa Electrification Initiative (AEI), the Rural Energy Agency (REA) Tanzania, the World Bank, and the European Union Energy Initiative – Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF). | more information

IEA releases its second annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report (MTRMR)

NEW YORK – Power generation from hydro, wind, solar and other renewable sources worldwide will exceed that from gas and be twice that from nuclear by 2016, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said today in its second annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report (MTRMR). The MTRMR is on sale at the IEA bookshop. Accredited journalists who would like more information or who wish to receive a complimentary copy should contact | more information

MENA renewable energy capacity set to grow 60-fold by 2030

IRENA, REN21 and the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs presented the findings of the report, “Status and Trends of Renewables: From the MENA Region to a Global Setting”, at a policy discussion at the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR). The MENA report was released in Paris and Abu Dhabi on 3 June, in association with the launch of REN21’s Renewables 2013 Global Status Report. | more information