Brainstorming: REN21’s Renewable Energy in Cities Status Report

REN21 is holding a brainstorming session for a new REN21 publication: Renewable Energy in Cities Status Report. The session will take place 11 September, 2018, 2:30 – 5:30 pm, on the side-lines of the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in San Francisco, USA – join us! The aim of the event is to: – identify entry points, data collection processes, and reporting systems; – define the report’s structure, topics and indicators to include; and – discuss possibilities for collaboration and onboarding partners and potential contributors. We are looking forward to your ideas!

REN21 Event at Global Climate Action Summit

REN21 is hosting an event at the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) 11 September – Join us! Superheroes for Sustainable and 100% Renewable Energy: Global Strategies for Decision-Makers runs 9:00 – 18:00,11 September at California College of the Arts – 10 minutes away from the main GCAS venue. This one-day forum is a collaboration of visionaries, leading global experts, policy makers, strategists, and technologists in sustainability and renewable energy from more than 10 different countries. If you will be attending the GCAS then please join us.  The forum complements Governor Jerry Brown’s Global Climate Action Summit  designed to imagine a 100% renewable energy future that will allow us to meet climate goals, 12-14 September in San Francisco, USA.

4th International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference & Exhibition

The fourth edition of the International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition (IOREC) will take place in Singapore, 31 October – 1 November 2018, as a co-located event with the Asia Clean Energy Summit, during Singapore International Energy Week. The International Renewable Energy Agency, a REN21 member, organises IOREC every two years. The conference is considered the global platform for sharing experience and best practices on design and implementation of enabling policies, tailored financing schemes, innovative business models and technology applications for stand-alone and mini-grid systems. IOREC 2018 will present a key opportunity to discuss the measures necessary to accelerate off-grid systems deployment, and highlight their role in meeting several Sustainable Development Goals. In parallel with the conference, the Alliance for Rural Electrification will organise an exhibition offering private sector companies the opportunity to present their products and projects, while showcasing technologies and expertise at the forefront of off-grid renewables. For any queries regarding the Conference: iorec@irena.org For any queries regarding the Exhibition: l.ng@ruralelec.org

Opening of Positions at REN21

The Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) is looking for two new team members to strengthen its research direction team.   Positions for a Renewable Energy Technologies & Systems Analyst and a Finance & Economics Analyst are now open for applications.  Both positions are based at REN21 Secretariat in Paris, France.   All suitable candidates are invited to submit their proposals by 8 August 2018. Please find detailed descriptions for each position listed below.   Project Manager and Renewable Energy Technologies & Systems Analyst | Details Project Manager and Finance & Economics Analyst | Details   Spread the word!    

The Mini-grid Policy Toolkit – Now in Portuguese!

The Mini-grid Policy Toolkit is for policy makers to navigate the mini-grid policy design process. It contains information on mini-grid operator models, the economics of mini-grids, and necessary policy and regulation that must be considered for successful implementation.   The publication specifically focuses on Africa. Progress on extending the electricity grid in many countries has remained slow because of high costs of gird-extension and limited utility/state budgets for electrification. Mini-grids provide an affordable and cost-effective option to extend needed electricity services. Putting in place the right policy for min-grid deployment requires considerable effort but can yield significant improvement in electricity access rates as examples from Kenya, Senegal and Tanzania illustrate.   The toolkit is available in English, French and Portuguese.

Steve Sawyer

Steve Sawyer joined GWEC as its first Secretary General in April 2007, representing the major national and regional associations as well as the major companies involved in the global wind industry. Steve has worked in the energy and environment field since 1978. At GWEC he is focused on working with intergovernmental organisations and with opening up new markets for the industry in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Steve is also a founding member of both REN21 and the IEA’s Renewable Industry Advisory Board. He advised the Chinese government on the formulation of its renewable energy legislation, and is as well an expert reviewer for the IPCC’s Working Group III. He grew up in rural New Hampshire and has lived in Amsterdam since 1989.

Stefan Gsänger

Stefan Gsänger has managed WWEA since its foundation in 2001. Under his direction, WWEA has become the voice of the wind sector worldwide, with members in more than 100 countries. WWEA attained Special Consultative Status at the UN. He is member of the managing committee of the RENAlliance, the executive committee of the Global100%RenewableEnergyPlatform, the steering committee of REN21, chairs the IRENA Coalition for Action community energy subgroup, and is adviser to governments and international organisations.