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Getting Wind and Sun onto the Grid -- IEA Report Attached (Ind. Report)
International Energy Agency
Date: 2017-03-22
According to the International Energy Agency's (IEA) recent Getting Wind and Sun onto the Grid report, the growing level of variable renewable energy technologies such as wind and solar will present challenges for grid operators as they seek to integrate variable electricity generation into traditional grids and require changes to avoid overspending and delays, while simultaneously protecting the security of energy supply.

The report seeks to identify the expected challenges being faced and soon to be faced by grid operators in integrating variable renewable energies (VRE) and to identify solutions to these same challenges.

According to the report, variable renewable energy reached double-digit shares of annual electricity generation in ten countries in 2015 -- including at least 50 pct in Denmark, and around 20 pct in Ireland, Spain, and Germany. This has recently been confirmed by new figures from the European Union's Eurostat which highlighted the region's progress towards ensuring at least 20 pct of the EUs energy consumption comes from renewable energy sources.

The report identifies four stages of VRE deployment and integration, each with its own specific characteristics and operational priorities. The report also attempts to specifically identify the challenges throughout each of the four phases, and provide solutions.

Download the Getting Wind and Sun onto the Grid report HERE. (Source: IEA, Mar., 2017) Contact: EIA,

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency,  Renewable Enery,  Wind,  Solar,  

Global Carbon Emissions Stabilize, says IEA (Int'l Report)
International Energy Agency
Date: 2017-03-20
According to International Energy Agency (IEA) data, energy sector emissions of 32.1 gigatons were unchanged from 2015 and 2014 despite 3.1 pct growth in the global economy.

Carbon dioxide emissions fell in the United States and China, the world's two largest energy users and emitters, and were stable in Europe. This helped to offset increases in CO2 emissions in the rest of the world, the IEA said. U.S. emissions fell by 3 percent to their lowest level since 1992 helped by higher use of shale gas and renewable energy displacing coal. For the first time, the United States produced more electricity from natural gas than from coal last year. Emissions in China fell by 1 percent as coal demand declined despite its economy growing by 6.7 percent. China used more renewables, nuclear and gas in power generation and spurred a switch to gas from coal in the industrial and building sectors. Still, the IEA said keeping emissions flat was not enough to prevent global temperatures from increasing by more than two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the IEA said. (Source: IEA, Mar., 2017) Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00,

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  

CCS Essential to Energy Future, says CCSI (Ind. Report)
Global CCS Institute
Date: 2016-11-18
According to the Australia-based Global CCS Institute's (CCSI) 2016 Status Report, limiting carbon emissions requires the rapid, widespread adoption of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology to augment alternative energy sources such as nuclear and renewable energy.

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) , approximately 4 billion tpy of CO2 must be captured and stored globally by 2040, up from current annual capacity levels of about 40 million tpy. The Status Report concludes that while more CCS projects are expected to come online, long-term climate goals are unlikely to be met without policy actions that create a level playing field with other low-carbon technologies.

The Global CCS Institute is an international membership organisation. Our mission is to accelerate the development, demonstration and deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS), a vital technology to tackle climate change and provide energy security. The Institute will continue to advocate for accelerated deployment of CCS as energy policies, technologies and economics continue to evolve, a statement read. (Source: Global CCS Institute, PR, 17 Nov., 2016) Contact: Gloibal CCS Institute, +61 3 8620 7300,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Global CCS Institute,  CCS,  

Italy Funds District Energy in Cities Initiative (Int'l, Funding)
Italian Ministry of Environment
Date: 2016-11-14
The Italian Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea has announced new support for a UN Environment initiative aimed at doubling the rate of energy efficiency improvements for heating and cooling in buildings by 2030, thus helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The funding for the District Energy in Cities initiative, which sits under the Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) Partnership, will initially be aimed at district energy and cooling projects in Marrakech. The initiative is already working with Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Chile, India, and Serbia.

UN Environment research shows that modern district energy systems can reduce primary energy consumption for heating and cooling of urban buildings by up to 50 pct. District energy also allows for high levels of affordable renewable energy supply, making them a key measure for cities/countries that aim to achieve 100 pct renewable energy or carbon neutral targets.

The District Energy in Cities Initiative is a partnership coordinated by UN Environment, with financial support from Danida, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and Italy. As one of five accelerators of the SE4All Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform, the initiative will support market transformation efforts to shift the heating and cooling sector to energy efficient and renewable energy solutions. (Source: Italian Ministry of Environment Land and Sea , UNEP, Malaysia Sun, 12 Nov., 2016) Contact: Italian Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea, Project Manager, Francesca De Crescenzo: +39 0 6572 28249,; Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency (AMEE), Communications Director, Fadwa Elatrach: +212 06 6138, 8748,; Sustainable Energy for All, Economy Division, Moira O'Brien-Malone: +33 1 44 37 76 12,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sustainable Energy for All ,  Energy Efficiency,  

IEA Ups Renewable Energy Projections by 13 pct (Ind. Report)
International Energy Agency
Date: 2016-10-28
In its just released Medium-Term Renewable Market Report the Paris-headquartered International Energy Agency (IEA) has increased its projections for renewable energy capacity additions by 13 pct between 2015 and 2021.

The Report examines the future of renewable energy as the global economy transitions towards a low-carbon model and looks at how renewable energy is used in the power, heat, and transportation sectors, and how its use will continue to evolve over the next five years in the face of lower fossil fuel prices.

The report notes the continued downward trend that renewable energy costs are experiencing and strong policy support for renewable energy development in some companies. As a result, not only did renewable energy capacity installation surpass coal in 2015 to become the world's largest source of installed power capacity.

Overall, the IEA projects global renewable electricity capacity will grow by 42 pct, or around 825 GW by 2021, up 13 pct over 2015 projections. Renewable energy's share of electricity generation will grow from 23 pct in 2015 to 28 pct in 2021, cover more than 60 pct of the increase in world electricity generation over the medium term, and generate in excess of 7600 TWh by 2021. (Source: IEA, CleanTechnica, Others, 25 Oct., 2016) Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00,

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar ,  

Notable Quote
International Energy Agency
Date: 2016-10-26
"We are witnessing a transformation of global power markets led by renewables and, as is the case with other fields, the center of gravity for renewable growth is moving to emerging markets." -- Faith Birol, Exec. Dir., International Energy Agency Contact: Faith Birol, Exec. Dir., International Energy Agency, +33 1 40 57 65 00,

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China Leads in Worldwide Energy Efficiency (Int'l Report)
International Energy Agency
Date: 2016-10-12
According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), worldwide energy efficiency improved by 1.8 pct in 2015, with China leading the way. While China's economy grew by 6.9 pct in 2015, primary energy consumption rose by only 0.9 pct – the lowest rate since 1997. Even so, China's 2015 improvement is three times higher than the average rate seen over the past decade.

The past year's progress indicates that global energy efficiency policies such as vehicle fuel economy standards, housing esnergy efficiency standards and energy efficient lighting technologies, have delivered results.

According to IEA, the IEA member states saved $540 billion in energy costs in 2015 as a result of energy efficiency improvements achieved since 2000. Efficiency standards now cover 30 pct of energy use globally, up from 11 pct from in 2000. (Source: IEA, Energy & Technology, 10 Oct., 2016) Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Consumption,  

World Energy Investments Drop, Renewables Remain Robust -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
International Energy Agency
Date: 2016-10-05
A recent study from the International Energy Agency (IEA) has found that global energy investment declined by about 8 pct in 2015 largely due to the slump in oil and gas exploration because of the global oversupply of crude. On a positive note, the IEA study found that investments in renewable energy sources have increased on a global scale.

The report found that:

  • Renewable energy's biggest impact is felt in the electric power system, where 90 pct of renewable investment -- almost $300 billion of the sector's $320 billion -- was concentrated.
  • China, boosted by record spending in its power sector, regained its position as the top investment market. China spent $315 billion in energy supply, surpassing the U.S. by $35 billion.

  • Energy efficiency investment increased 6 pct in 2015, despite falling energy prices. More energy-efficient appliances and improvements in residential lighting standards helped account for the gains.

    Investment in nuclear surged in 2015 but most of it came from China, where the government is trying to wean itself from coal-fired generation.

  • While coal is on the decline in Europe and the U.S., Asian markets comprised 85 pct of global coal power investment, largely because of costs. The infrastructure investment cost for a 1-gigawatt power plant in Asia, according to IEA figures, is almost six times higher for a natural gas plant than for a coal plant.
  • The report also says that the Paris climate summit's goal of keeping average temperature increases below 2 degrees Celsius will be a challenge.

    Download the full IEA report HERE. (Source: IEA, Oct., 2016) Contact: IEA, Laszlo Varro, Chief Economist,

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