Clean Energy Policy News
30 January 2017
Recognizing the importance of taking a crosscutting approach to bioenergy strategies that rely on sustainable biomass use, the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have jointly prepared a How2Guide for Bioenergy. The guide is designed to provide policymakers with the methodology and tools required to successfully plan and implement a roadmap for bioenergy at the national or regional level. Learn more.
15 January 2017
New IRENA Report Details How Renewables Can Decarbonize the Energy Sector and Improve the Lives of Billions »
Falling costs, driven by innovation in technology and policy, are spurring renewable energy deployment and with it many socioeconomic benefits, according to the new report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). REthinking Energy, now in its third edition, was released today at IRENA’s seventh assembly, the agency’s ultimate decision-making authority. Learn more.
14 January 2017
Four renewable energy projects in developing countries in the Pacific and Africa have been identified by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to receive USD 44.5 million in funding. The funding will support a diverse set of projects, including a hybrid micro-grid project employing solar PV and advanced lithium-ion batteries, a hydropower project, integrated wind and solar, and a combination project consisting of micro-grid and solar home kits. Learn more.
10 January 2017
Government officials from more than 150 countries—including 75 ministers and leaders from international organizations, the private sector and civil society—are gathering this week for the Seventh Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Learn more.
28 December 2016
Developing Antigua and Barbuda’s abundant renewable energy resources will enable the country to meet a large share of its energy demand sustainably with renewables, according to a recent report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Renewables Readiness Assessment: Antigua and Barbuda presents clear and practical steps for the country to maximize its renewable resources, primarily wind and solar, set new targets for renewable energy deployment and strengthen energy efficiency measures. Learn more.
16 December 2016
In its latest country review of energy policies, the International Energy Agency praised Italy’s comprehensive long-term energy strategy and the acceleration of its efforts to comply with 2020 goals on renewable energy, climate change and energy efficiency. Learn more.
15 December 2016
The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a financing package of USD 100 million, comprising USD 50 million equity and USD 50 million convertible senior loans, to seed the Facility for Energy Inclusion, a pan-African renewable energy debt fund. The investment, which is expected to catalyze energy access for an estimated three million people, is rooted in the bank's New Deal on Energy for Africa and increasing global recognition of the importance of energy access in Africa. Learn more.
15 December 2016
Just months after Victoria’s state Labor government became the first government in Australia to issue its own green bonds, Victoria’s Monash University has become the first university in the world to issue a certified climate bond, raising more than $218 million to fund sustainable development in the tertiary education sector. The green bond, which was issued in the U.S. private placement market, was certified by the Climate Bond Initiative and has a Green Bond accreditation from Moody’s Investor Services. It is structured to provide the market with investment options in US and Australian dollars over 15 years, 17.5 years or 20 years. Learn more.
15 December 2016
Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency met today with H.E. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, President of Egypt, in Cairo. They discussed opportunities for accelerated renewable energy deployment in Egypt as well as cooperation between Egypt and IRENA. Learn more.
14 December 2016
Renewable power has seen a dramatic expansion in recent years thanks to sharply falling costs. But, this growth has raised a new challenge for power-system operators and regulators, as wind and solar PV have sometimes been deployed before the power system was ready to handle such variable supplies. A new IEA publication, Next Generation Wind and Solar: From Cost to Value, describes the root of this challenge and highlights possible solutions. Learn more.