About the Working Party on Renewable Energy Technologies (REWP)

The principal objective of the Working Party on Renewable Energy Technologies (REWP) is to provide advice to the IEA Committee on Energy Research and Technology and other IEA bodies on renewable energy sources and technologies, related policies, trends, projects, programmes and strategies which address the energy security, diversity and environmental interests of IEA Member countries.

As part of the IEA’s Global Engagement Strategy, the REWP also increasingly encourages collaboration with IEA partner countries and international bodies such as the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

The REWP oversees the work of the ten IEA Technology Collaboration Programmes (formally known as Implementing Agreements) dedicated to renewable energy and hydrogen sources. Finally, it ensures a dialogue between governments and the private sector by monitoring the role of finance and markets through the Renewable Industry Advisory Board (RIAB), an informal body created by the CERT in June 2011. 

The REWP has an official Mandate and Strategic Plan for the period of 2016-2019.

REWP - events


Scaling-up renewables through decentralised energy solutions
28 March 2017

Renewables have clearly entered the mainstream and there is consensus that they are a central pillar of a sustainable energy system. However, the uneven growth of renewables across sectors is becoming increasingly apparent. Tackling CO2 calls for more attention to the heat and transport sectors which needs to be done at the local level. Meanwhile, system integration issues around wind and solar PV are emerging in more countries. Electric vehicles, thermal storage in district heating, heat pumps and demand response all offer opportunities for balancing variable renewables. These solutions can be brought together at the local level and many cities have already taken a lead, demonstrating how it can be done.

These issues were addressed during the annual workshop of the IEA’s Renewable Energy Working Group on decentralised energy solutions for which 180 government officials, industry representatives and other experts gathered in Paris. More than 20 speakers and panellists provided insightful contributions, while great audience participation made for rich discussions.  

Renewable Energy Policies Post-COP21
14 March 2016

Implementing the ambitious Paris climate agreement will require a significant scaling-up of renewables deployment – notably in electricity and heat. This comes at a time when oil, coal and gas prices have reached new lows and there are lingering concerns in some countries about the costs of renewable support policies. To discuss these challenges, the IEA Working Party on Renewable Energy Technologies (REWP), with the active participation of its Renewable Industry Advisory Board members, hosted a workshop bringing together more than 150 governments officials, industry representatives and other energy experts.  

Renewables in the Mainstream: Towards a "Third Way" for electricity market design?
24 March 2015

Renewables & Innovation in Technology, Business Models & Policy
25 March 2014

Scaling Up Financing to Expand the Renewables Portfolio
9 April 2013

From Mediterranean Plans to Renewable Energy Power Plants
3 October 2012

Renewables – Policy and Market Design Challenges
27 March 2012