Calling all Renewable Energy Experts!

The second review period for REN21’s 2014 Global Status Report will begin this Friday April 4th and will run until Wednesday April 16th. This is an open peer review process; your feedback, as well as additional information that you may have, is welcome and will help to strengthen the quality of the Global Status Report.

The upcoming review round will focus on:
• Global Market Overview – cross-cutting developments and trends in renewable energy in 2013
• Market & Industry Trends by Technology (including bio-energy, geothermal power & heat; hydropower; ocean energy; solar PV; CSP; solar thermal heating & cooling; and wind power).
• Investment Trends
• Sidebars on related topics

To participate, please sign up to the REN21+ Online Review Tool at http://ren21plus.ren21.net/ (Detailed instruction are listed below).

Don’t be shy: review all the sections or simply one or two!

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GETTING STARTED…..

STEP 1: Go to http://ren21plus.ren21.net
STEP 2: Create a new account (a simple 2-step process)

Check your email folder for confirmation of registration

STEP 3: Go to the Groups Tab and click on: GSR Group Contributors & Reviewers
STEP 4: Once in the GSR Contributors & Reviewers Group, go the Documents to Review header and select GSR 2014 Review Draft 2
STEP 5: The GSR draft will open in a new window where you can make your in-line comments

Should you have any problems please email us at: support@ren21.net

You can view a short (2/12 minute) step-by-step video tutorial on how to use the review tool: http://ren21plus.ren21.net/my-peer-review
(Please note you can only access this video once you are signed into REN21+.)

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REN21 newsletter has just been published. In it you will find information on a whole host of activities that are being carried out in the renewables sector ranging from new publications and initiatives to major technology sector conferences. For those of you who prefer to keep up to date with us on a regular basis you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter. You can check them out even if you are not subscribed to them. So what are you waiting for? Visit us and contribute to a better renewable world!

 

Closing the Data Collection Gap

I am just back from the the Second High-Level Meeting (HLM) of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) which took place last week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The theme was “Taking the Next Step: Africa and the EU are tackling energy challenges together”. I had hoped to send an entry while there but there were too many interesting people to talk to and the time just slipped away.

REN21 was there to participate but also to host a couple of side-events, one of which was on the challenges of closing the data gap. Despite being held just prior to the High-Level Meeting the event was well-attended and the lively discussion illustrated just how important/difficult/frustrating the issue of data collection is. The participants were from NGOs, research institutes, government and business with the result that the session was not one of finger pointing (as to who was at fault for not leading the data collection “brigade”) but rather an energetic discussion about how to close the data gap. We grappled with what we mean when we say “data” and who should engage in the process. Two key points came out of the discussion. Continue reading “Closing the Data Collection Gap”

Importance of Data Collection

As some of you know, REN21 specialises in collecting data on the current state of renewables. We do this as you can’t make good decisions without knowing the “who”, “what “and “how” of the current situation. Reliable information helps investors, decision makers and project developers define possible opportunities for renewable energy uptake. Sound data informs policy design and adaption efforts and allows decision makers to assess progress towards (or regression from) energy access objectives. Businesses and developers need to know the potential of a country or region before any money will flow: thus good information is crucial to stimulating economic development.

This year, in addition to its annual Renewables Global Status Report, REN21 is working with the ECREEE to prepare a regional status report on renewable energy and energy efficiency in the ECOWAS region. Continue reading “Importance of Data Collection”

Renewable Energy Contributers Needed!

REN21’s December newsletter is now available. In it you can find out what is happening at REN21 as well as new initiatives, publication and upcoming event posted by its members. REN21 is also collecting data for its Renewables Global Status Report. The 2014 report will also feature a chapter on distributed renewable energy in developing countries. If you are interested in submitting data for your country or region please contact us at: contributors@ren21.net.

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Climate Change Showdown.

REN21 is gearing up for its participation at the climate change talks in Warsaw.  While climate is not a central theme to REN21’s work, renewables should be a central element of any climate action plan.

Despite tremendous growth in renewable energy witnessed over the last decade, fossil fuels continue to be a destructive force on our environment and the chief contributor to global climate change. Fossil fuel combustion currently accounts for nearly 70 percent of all carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, two-thirds of which come from the energy sector. Although renewables accounted for 19 percent of global energy consumption in 2011, new estimates for CO2 emissions from traditional fossil fuels reveal a 1.4 percent increase, resulting in a record high of 31.6 gigatonnes (Gt). Continue reading “Climate Change Showdown.”

Entrepreneurial-minded Investors Needed!

The last time I wrote I talked about a renewable investment meeting that I attended in Accra. That meeting has stayed with me because of the frustrating disconnect between viable energy options and monies available. The finance people that I spoke with cited that many commercial institutions don’t see distributed energy as bankable yet. But this is not true; many business models are quite sustainable. It’s more a question of belief. Most financiers are quite conservative. They are not comfortable in this new market (renewable, decentralised energy provision) with a new segment of the population (large numbers of customers with extremely low purchasing power) and a new business model (pay-as-you go schemes, such as progressive purchase models, use of scratch cards etc.) But the market is there as witnessed by the amount of money low-income households are willing to spend on energy services (candles, kerosene, diesel) and amenities like airtime for cellular phones. Continue reading “Entrepreneurial-minded Investors Needed!”