Renewables 2018

Market analysis and forecast from 2018 to 2023

Renewables 2018 is the IEA market analysis and forecast from 2018 to 2023 on renewable energy and technologies. It provides global trends and developments for renewable energy in the electricity, heat and transport sectors.

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Does household use of solid biomass-based heating affect air quality?

18 March 2019
Solid biomass combustion can emit various air pollutants that negatively affect human health

How competitive is biofuel production in Brazil and the United States?

11 March 2019
The United States ranks number one and Brazil ranks second as the largest producers of fuel ethanol and biodiesel

Is concentrating solar power forecast to contribute to global energy storage over the next five years?

7 March 2019
Most CSP plants deployed over the outlook period are expected to include thermal storage, though at a comparatively small scale

Is pumped storage hydropower capacity forecast to expand more quickly than stationary battery storage?

4 March 2019
Pumped storage hydropower capacity is expected to increase 26 GW, while stationary battery capacity expands only 22 GW

Will system integration of renewables be a major challenge by 2023?

20 February 2019
System integration of renewables can be successfully remedied in a cost-effective manner

Have the prices from competitive auctions become the "new normal" prices for renewables?

4 February 2019
Overall trends show that recent bid prices for onshore wind and solar PV technologies correspond to a 45-50% reduction in contract price for both technologies from 2017 to 2022/23

Are auctions forecast to be the primary policy mechanism driving utility-scale renewable electricity capacity expansion?

1 February 2019
For the first time, more than half of renewable capacity to be commissioned over 2018-23 will have fixed remuneration

Will energy from waste become the key form of bioenergy in Asia?

10 January 2019
When undertaken in a best-practice manner, energy from waste facilities can deliver environmental, health and energy benefits, offering a valuable waste management solution