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REN21’s Renewables Global Status Report provides a comprehensive and timely overview of renewable energy market, industry, investment, and policy developments worldwide. It enables policymakers, industry, investors, and civil society to make informed decisions.

The report covers recent developments, current status, and key trends; by design, it does not provide analysis or forecast.

The Renewables Global Status Report relies on up-to-date renewable energy data, provided by an international network of more than 500 contributors, researchers, and authors.

 

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This handbook provides statistics and information - presented in tables and graphs - to describe the state of renewable energy technologies, capacity and growth, in the United States.

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The Renewables Global Status Report provides a comprehensive and timely overview of renewable energy market, industry, investment, and policy developments worldwide. It relies on the most recent data available, provided by a network of more than 500 contributors and researchers from around the world, all of which is brought together by a multi-disciplinary authoring team. The report covers recent developments, current status, and key trends; by design, it does not provide analysis or forecasts.

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Pacific lighthouses: renewable energy roadmapping for Islands
Pacific lighthouses: renewable energy roadmapping for Islands

1st January 2013

Organisation(s): International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Topic(s): Hydroelectricity, Marine energy, Renewables, Solar energy, Wind energy

This report identifies the key concepts, challenges and best practices for the accelerated uptake of renewable energy in the Pacific Islands region. It provides island governments and stakeholders with baseline information to assist in the development of local renewable energy deployment roadmaps, and to strengthen the implementation of regional initiatives.

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The new great walls: a guide to China’s overseas dam industry
The new great walls: a guide to China’s overseas dam industry

1st November 2012

Organisation(s): International Rivers

Topic(s): Hydroelectricity

This is the second edition of International Rivers’ guide to the Chinese overseas dam-building industry. Since the first edition was published in 2008, China’s dam industry has continued to consolidate its position as the global leader in dam construction particularly hydropower dams.

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A risky climate for southern African hydro: assessing hydrological risks and consequences for Zambezi River basin dams
A risky climate for southern African hydro: assessing hydrological risks and consequences for Zambezi River basin dams

1st September 2012

Organisation(s): International Rivers

Topic(s): Hydroelectricity

This report, authored by Dr Richard Beilfuss, assesses hydrological risks for Zambezi River Basin dams. This study provides an early warning about what Southern Africa could be facing as it contemplates plans for more large hydropower dams in a time of climate change.

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U.S. renewable energy technical potentials: a GIS-based analysis
U.S. renewable energy technical potentials: a GIS-based analysis

1st July 2012

Organisation(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Topic(s): Engineering and project delivery, Geothermal energy, Hydroelectricity, Renewables, Solar energy, Wind energy

This report describes National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s methodology and assumptions for estimating the technical potential of six different renewable energy technologies, and then briefly describes the resulting estimates. The results discussion includes state-level maps and tables containing available land area (square kilometers), installed capacity (gigawatts), and electric generation (gigawatt-hours) for each technology. Methods and results for several other renewable technologies from previously published reports are also presented.

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Renewable energy technologies: cost analysis series. Hydropower
Renewable energy technologies: cost analysis series. Hydropower

1st June 2012

Organisation(s): International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Topic(s): Economics, Hydroelectricity, Renewables

This report, part of IRENA’s Renewable Energy Technologies: Cost Analysis Series, provides analysis of the costs of generating electricity from hydropower to enable fair comparison of hydropower with other generating technologies. The goal of this series is to assist government decision-making and ensure that governments have access to up-to-date and reliable information on the costs and performance of renewable energy technologies.

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Renewable electricity futures study. Volume 2: renewable electricity generation and storage technologies
Renewable electricity futures study. Volume 2: renewable electricity generation and storage technologies

1st June 2012

Organisation(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Topic(s): Biofuels / Bioenergy, Geothermal energy, Hydroelectricity, Marine energy, Renewables, Solar energy, Wind energy

The Renewable Electricity Futures Study (RE Futures) is an initial investigation of the extent to which renewable energy supply can meet the electricity demands of the contiguous United States over the next several decades. This volume - Volume 2 - describes the renewable generation and storage technologies included in the study. Each technology is introduced, followed by estimates of resource availability, a characterisation of the technology, a list of output characteristics and grid service possibilities, a description of deployment, and a discussion of barriers and issues.

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3S rivers under threat: understating new threats and challenges from hydropower development to biodiversity and community rights in the 3S River Basin
3S rivers under threat: understating new threats and challenges from hydropower development to biodiversity and community rights in the 3S River Basin

1st April 2012

Organisation(s): International Rivers

Topic(s): Hydroelectricity, Renewables

This report, authored by Mark Grimsditch and co-launched by The 3S Rivers Protection Network and International Rivers, takes stock of the past problems with hydropower development in the Sesan, Srepok, and Sekong (3S) Rivers Basin. It maps out the policies, agendas, and actors shaping the region’s hydropower development, in order to fill information gaps and promote discussion about the future of the 3S rivers and the people who depend on the basin’s resources.

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Western Wind and Solar Integration Study: hydropower analysis. October 2007–October 2010
Western Wind and Solar Integration Study: hydropower analysis. October 2007–October 2010

1st March 2012

Organisation(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Topic(s): Economics, Hydroelectricity, Renewables, Solar energy, Wind energy

Beginning in 2007 and extending through 2010, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory sponsored the Western Wind and Solar Integration Study (WWSIS). The study followed DOE's 20% Wind Energy by 2030 report, which did not find any technical barriers to reaching 20% wind energy in the continental United States by 2030. The results of the WWSIS analysis led to several questions concerning the modeling of hydropower as well as its role in integrating wind and solar power, including the costs and benefits to hydropower producers. This report addresses those questions.

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Renewable energy markets and policy frameworks have evolved rapidly in recent years. This report provides a comprehensive and timely overview of renewable energy market, industry, investment, and policy developments worldwide. It relies on the most recent data available, provided by a network of more than 400 contributors and researchers from around the world, all of which is brought together by a multi-disciplinary authoring team. The report covers recent developments, current status, and key trends; by design, it does not provide analysis or forecast the future.

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