Renewable energy is energy that is derived from natural processes (e.g. sunlight and wind) that are replenished at a higher rate than they are consumed. Solar, wind, geothermal, hydropower, bioenergy and ocean power are sources of renewable energy. The role of renewables continues to increase in the electricity, heating and cooling and transport sectors.

Any country can reach high shares of wind and solar power cost-effectively

While wind and solar photovoltaic technologies are crucial to meeting our future energy needs, the inherent variability in both can raise concerns. The IEA publication "Power of Transformation: Wind, Sun and the Economics of Flexible Power Systems" addresses the additional costs that might arise from increased adoption and proposes strategies to develop a flexible system in the long term. More »»

New policies needed for next-generation wind and solar

The new report includes a series of country-specific case studies that show how emerging countries can achieve integration More »»

Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report 2016

Renewables will be the fastest-growing source of electricity but growth still concentrated in wind and solar PV, and government support remains critical More »»

Measuring the value of next-generation wind and solar power

As next-generation wind and solar power grows in the energy mix, a focus on their falling generation costs alone stops short of what is needed More »»

Renewable energy, together with energy efficiency, is essential to delivering the low-carbon energy future that the international community agreed upon at the United Nations’ 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) at the end of 2015. Renewable energy deployment is driven by supportive policies that aim not just at decarbonisation, but also – and sometimes even more importantly – at improving energy security and reducing harmful local air pollution. 

Renewables Medium-Term Market Forecast 2016