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.

Paolo Frankl

Paolo Frankl is Head of the Renewable Energy Division at the International Energy Agency (IEA). Dr. Frankl leads the IEA’s work on renewable energy, providing policy advice in the areas of technology, markets and systems integration. He is the member of several international advisory committees. A physicist by training, Dr. Frankl holds a Ph.D in energy and environmental technologies from the University of Rome. Dr. Frankl has over twenty years of experience working on renewable energy systems and markets, life cycle assessment and eco-labeling. From 2000 to 2002 he served as Advisor to the Director-General of the Italian Ministry for the Environment.

Irene Giner-Reichl

Irene Giner-Reichl has been a member of the Austrian Diplomatic Service since 1982. Her main area of expertise is economic and social development, women’s rights’ issues, environment, energy, and development cooperation. She has held numerous international bureau functions. From 1995 to 1998 she was the director of the international department of the Austrian Ministry for the Environment. From 1998 to 2001 she was Austria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, IAEA, UNIDO and CTBTO in Vienna. From 2001 to 2004 she headed the UNIDO Office in New York in the rank of an Assistant Director General. From 2005 to 2012 she was in charge of Austria’s development policy and cooperation as Director General in the Ministry for European and International Affairs. Between 2012 and 2017 she was the Austrian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China and Mongolia, since July 2017 she is the Austrian Ambassador to Brazil and Suriname. Irene Giner-Reichl founded the Global Forum on Sustainable Energy (GFSE) in 1999 as a multi-stake-holder platform for dialogues on energy in the service of sustainable development and acted as Convenor for the GFSE’s global and regional meetings ( Since 2013 she is Vice-President of REN 21 ( and since May 2017 Founding Member of GWNET, the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition.

Christine Lins

Christine Lins was appointed as Executive Secretary of REN21, the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century, in July 2011. REN21 is a global public-private multi-stakeholder network on renewable energy regrouping international organizations, governments, industry association, science and academia as well as NGOs working in the field of renewable energy. REN21’s Secretariat is based at the UN Environment Programme in Paris/France. Christine Lins came to REN21 from the European Renewable Energy Council, the united voice of Europe’s renewable energy industry, where she served as Secretary-General for 10 years from 2001 – 2011. Previously, Ms. Lins worked in a regional energy agency in her home country, Austria. She has a Masters degree in international economics and holds more than 20 years of working experience in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Internship Opportunities Available (expired)

REN21 is seeking two dynamic individuals who are interested in gaining experience in the renewable energy sector.   Community Management/Research Internship Social Media/Data Intern Vacancy The internships are for six months and are paid.   How to apply:   If interested, please send a CV and a cover letter outlining your suitability and interest in the position to   Please mention “REN21 Data/Social Media Internship” or “REN21 Community Management/Research Internship” in the e-mail header. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.   Application deadline: Sunday, the 19th of November.   Best of luck!

Be a Part of the Data Collection for the next Global Status Report

REN21 has a begun its data collection process for the Renewables 2018 Global Status Report. Be a part of the team that produces the industry standard on the status of renewables!   The 2018 report will include new chapters on enabling technologies and systems integration, and corporate renewable energy.  You can join this process by completing a short Expression of Interest  form. Data collection begins in October 2017.  See the EOI form for the complete timeline for data collection and peer review.   And, just in case you wondered how GSR data was used outside of the report, REN21 is pleased to announce the start of a Massive On-line Course (MOOC), “Off-grid Renewable Energy Systems”.  Developed by the Institute for Sustainable Energy, this course contains two modules about distributed renewable energy, which draws extensively on the distributed renewable energy content in the GSR2017.  The course begins 30 October,2017. For more information, click here.

WWEA and Yansa call for donations for Community Wind Farm as Earthquake Relief Project in Mexico

The 7th International Renewable Energy Conference, MEXIREC took place in between two earthquakes that devastated parts of Mexico.   Inspired by MEXIREC, Stefan Gsänger, Secretary General of the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) and Sergio Oceransky, Director of Yansa, decided to launch an earthquake relief project to help rural indigenous communities affected by the earthquakes. Together with local organisations, Yansa and WWEA want to set up a small wind farm to fund community-led reconstruction in rural indigenous communities. The project will help to nurture the autonomy and leadership of these communities, reducing their dependency and vulnerability.   In order to make the project a reality, Yansa and WWEEA are calling for support from companies, in particular wind turbine manufacturers, that can donate parts or all of the equipment required for the project. Financial donations for construction and commissioning are also kindly welcomed (in-kind and cash donations may be tax-deductible). The project will serve as model for community participation in wind energy in developing / emerging countries. After the reconstruction process is over, profits will be devoted to community-led reforestation.  More information can be found here in the attached project description.   Potential donors are requested to get in contact with the initiators in order to get more detailed information:   Sergio Oceransky, Director of Yansa: Email:, Phone: +52 155 2005 8065 (Mexico), +1 917 382 8088 (international)   Stefan Gsänger, WWEA Secretary General: Email:, Phone: +49-228-369 40-80