This section provides information on the work of the IEA Renewable Energy Division (RED).
The Renewable Energy Division
Current trends in energy supply and use are unsustainable – economically, environmentally and socially. Without decisive action, energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions could more than double by 2050. To effectively reduce GHG emissions, energy efficiency, renewable energy and carbon capture and storage will require widespread deployment.
Understanding the growing importance of renewable energies, the IEA has established the Renewable Energy Division (RED) as part of its Energy Markets and Security Directorate (EMS). RED is the IEA's main hub for information and analysis of renewable energy.
The work of the Renewable Energy Division (RED) is based in three pillars: 1) assessment of renewable energy technology status and progress; 2) market and policy developments; and 3) system and market integration:
Pillar 1: Technology Assesment
Outlook for renewable energy technology development, costs and prospects for mainstream use via publication of Roadmaps and other publications.
Support for international collaboration on energy technology research, development and information dissemination via the IEA multilateral technology initiatives (called Implementing Agreements).
Pillar 2: Market & Policy
- Detailed monitoring, assessment and forecast of renewable energy markets, through the publication of an annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report.
- Monitoring and tracking of renewable energy supporting policies that underpin market developments via the IEA/IRENA Global Renewable Energy Policies and Measures Database.
- Analysis of the effectivness and cost-efficiency of renewable energy policies.
Pillar 3: System and Market Integration
- Comprehensive assessment of system-related aspects of renewables integration in energy grids and markets.
- Analysis of possible market design reforms aiming at an improved system ibtegration of renewables and flexibility of power systems via the Grid Integration of Variable Renewables (GIVAR) project. The most recent analysis: The Power of Transformation: Wind, Sun and the Economics of Flexible Power Systems.
General questions about the work of the Renewable Energy Division can be sent to RenewablesInfo@IEA.org.
Request regarding the Medium Term Renewable Energy Market Report should be directed to MRMR@IEA.org.
Request regarding the Grid Integration of Variable Renewables programme should be directed to GIVAR@IEA.org.
Working with us
Current vacancies at the IEA can be accessed via the "About Us" section on the main IEA website.
The Renewable Energy Division frequently seeks qualified university students with a background in energy technology and policy analysis. Any current vacancies for traineeships are posted on this page. Even when no position is available, you are invited to submit a general motivation letter (1 page max) along with a resumée (2 pages max) via email to RenewablesInfo@IEA.org.
- Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report 2016
- Renewables Information 2016
- Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report 2015
- The Power of Transformation
- Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report 2014
- Technology Roadmap: Solar Photovoltaic Energy - 2014 edition
- Technology Roadmap: Solar Thermal Electricity - 2014 edition