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Energy trends: March 2014
Energy trends: March 2014

1st March 2014

Topic(s): Renewables

The United Kingdom’s Department of Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC) Energy Trends includes statistical information on energy as a whole and by individual fuels, presented chiefly in charts and tables. This edition covers the fourth quarter of 2013, and also 2013 as a whole - providing a comprehensive picture of energy production and use in the UK.

The main decarbonisation points for 2013:

  • Low carbon electricity’s share of generation increased from 31 per cent in 2012 to 35 per cent in 2013, due to higher renewables and nuclear generation.
  • Of electricity generated in 2013, coal accounted for 36 per cent (a fall of 3 percentage points on 2012) and gas 27 per cent (a fall of 1 percentage point on 2012), gas’ lowest share since 1996, due to high gas prices. Nuclear’s share increased by less than 1 percentage point on 2012 to 20 per cent of the total. Renewables’ share of generation increased by 4 percentage points on 2012 to a record 15 per cent.
  • Renewable electricity generation was 52.8 TWh in 2013, an increase of 28 per cent on the 41.3 TWh in 2012, with wind generation up 40 per cent. Renewable electricity capacity was 19.4 GW at the end of 2013, a 25 per cent increase (3.9 GW) on a year earlier.
  • Provisional estimates show that carbon dioxide emissions fell between 2012 and 2013; the key factor driving the change was a switch in electricity generation away from fossil fuels.

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Renewables readiness assessment: design to action
Renewables readiness assessment: design to action

1st July 2013

Topic(s): Renewables

The Renewables Readiness Assessment is a comprehensive tool for assessing the conditions existing in a country for the development and deployment of renewable energy, along with the actions required to improve those conditions. Designed and refined since 2011, the Renewables Readiness Assessment is a country-initiated, country-led process that identifies short- to medium-term actions for the rapid scale-up of renewables.

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Intellectual property rights: the role of patents in renewable energy technology innovation
Intellectual property rights: the role of patents in renewable energy technology innovation

1st June 2013

Topic(s): Renewables

This working paper focuses on patents and describes the basics of what patents are and how they work, as well as presenting some ideas of how patents and their information can be used to encourage renewable energy technology innovation.
Some examples of the use of patent information to indicate the trends of technology developments, technology transfers and knowledge generation are assessed.

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Statistical issues: bioenergy and distributed renewable energy
Statistical issues: bioenergy and distributed renewable energy

1st June 2013

Topic(s): Renewables

A working paper from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) explaining methodological issues related to energy accounting for bioenergy and distributed renewable energy sources. The paper lists uncertainties and gaps that occur in statistics for these energy sources at different levels of the energy-balance table, proposing remedies to some of the identified problems. The remedies are incorporated into the IRENA Statistical Questionnaire that is this year being distributed to Member Countries.
The aim of this methodological work is to improve accuracy of global bioenergy statistics and identify the largest elements of distributed generation, currently rarely covered by national energy statistics. Statistical approaches need to be expanded as soon as possible to  take proper account of bioenergy and distributed generation, in order to more accurately portray these growing sources of energy supply and consumption.

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Guidelines for climate proofing investment in the energy sector
Guidelines for climate proofing investment in the energy sector

1st May 2013

Topic(s): Renewables

This Asian Development Bank publication acts as a step-by-step guide for project teams wishing to incorporate climate change adaptation measures into energy investment projects.

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Sectoral approach in GSEP. GSEP: Global Superior Energy Performance Partnership. Power, steel and cement sector
Sectoral approach in GSEP. GSEP: Global Superior Energy Performance Partnership. Power, steel and cement sector

1st August 2012

Topic(s): Renewables

This report provides an introduction to the Global Superior Energy Performance Partnership (GSEP) and describes the sectoral approach used in the electric power, steel, and cement industries to promote energy-saving and environmentally friendly technology.

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Renewable electricity futures study. Volume 1: exploration of high-penetration renewable electricity futures
Renewable electricity futures study. Volume 1: exploration of high-penetration renewable electricity futures

1st June 2012

Topic(s): Renewables

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 first volume - Volume 1 - describes the analysis approach and models, along with the key results and insights. Volume 1 also includes the Executive Summary for the series. 

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Renewable electricity futures study. Volume 3: end-use electricity demand
Renewable electricity futures study. Volume 3: end-use electricity demand

1st June 2012

Topic(s): Renewables

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 3 - details the end-use electricity demand and efficiency assumptions. The authors discuss the potential impact of carbon mitigation measures and climate change on electricity demand. Scenarios describe the electricity demands of transportation, industrial and building sectors. 

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Renewable electricity futures study. Volume 4: bulk electric power systems: operations and transmission planning
Renewable electricity futures study. Volume 4: bulk electric power systems: operations and transmission planning

1st June 2012

Topic(s): Renewables

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 4 - discusses operational and institutional challenges of integrating high levels of renewable energy into the electric grid. 

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Advanced biofuels study: strategic directions for Australia. Appendix
Advanced biofuels study: strategic directions for Australia. Appendix

14th December 2011

Topic(s): Renewables

The Advanced Biofuels Study was commissioned by the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism, funded through the Australian Centre for Renewable Energy (ACRE), to inform the priorities of the Australian Biofuels Research Institute (ABRI). The Study will also inform the development of the Government’s Alternative Transport Fuels Strategy.

This Appendix contains a summary of detailed research and analysis from the Advanced Biofuels Study, and covers advanced biofuel (ABF) technologies, feedstock options and economics.

This Appendix is intended to be read in conjunction with a Summary Report which summarises findings from the Advanced Biofuels Study, identifies priority pathways for the industry and recommends the role Government should undertake in order to facilitate the establishment of an ABF industry.

Chapter two of the Appendix describes the existing biofuels landscape in Australia, including the state of the current biofuels industry and government policies. International policies are also explored, as are Australia’s comparative ABF advantages.

Chapter three identifies sectors in the Australian economy that have the greatest need and ability to switch to ABF, and provides information on the fuel types that will be required.

Chapter four identifies advanced biomass sources and assesses their potential as feedstock for an advanced biofuels industry of scale in Australia.

Chapter five describes the technologies for transforming biomass into a refined fuel, prioritising feedstock and technology combinations into a set of most attractive ABF pathways for Australia.

Chapter six presents the economics of these pathways in more detail, discussing potential cost competitiveness at commercial deployment and further in the future.

In this Study, advanced biofuels are defined as liquid fuels derived from sustainable sources of organic matter that do not typically compete with food production, such as wood residues, certain oilseeds, and algae.

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Advanced biofuels study. Strategic directions for Australia: summary report
Advanced biofuels study. Strategic directions for Australia: summary report

14th December 2011

Topic(s): Renewables

This report summarises findings of the Advanced Biofuels Study, identifies priority pathways for the industry and recommends the role Government should undertake in order to facilitate the establishment of an advanced biofuels (ABF) industry. More detailed research and analysis of ABF technologies, feedstock options and economics is contained in an Appendix, which should be read in conjunction with this report.

The report sits in the context of an industry that is still in an early stage of development, with activity to date centred on ethanol and biodiesel production.

Advanced biofuels are defined as liquid fuels derived from sustainable sources of organic matter that do not typically compete with food production, such as wood residues, certain oilseeds, and algae.

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Bioenergy review
Bioenergy review

1st December 2011

Topic(s): Renewables

Bioenergy refers to solid, liquid or gas fuels made from biomass feedstocks which may or may not have undergone some form of conversion process. The role of bioenergy in climate change mitigation is controversial. Specifically, there are questions over the extent to which bioenergy use results in emissions reductions when lifecycle impacts are accounted for, and tensions between the use of bioenergy and sustainability objectives (e.g. relating to the use of land for growing food, protecting biodiversity and water resources). 

This review provides an assessment of the potential roles for bioenergy given lifecycle emissions and other sustainability concerns, and also considers alternative uses for bioenergy feedstocks (e.g. use of wood in construction). 

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