Hydroelectricity included in IRENA’s “Age of Renewable Power” report

A report presented by the International Renewable Energy Agency emphasizes conventional and pumped-storage hydroelectric power’s role in supporting the development of national roadmaps for integrating green resources.

Released during the Innovation for Cool Earth Forum in Tokyo, the report — titled, “The Age of Renewable Power” — identifies 20 steps to incorporate renewables while also highlighting lesson learned in countries already pursuing grid transformations.

“The development of national roadmaps for power sector transformation can ensure that measures are adapted to local conditions, stakeholders are aligned at an early stage, and ambitious renewable energy targets are realized,” IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin said.

Successful energy strategy requires policymakers to anticipate the impact the transition would have on a country’s economic development, energy security and environment, the document says. To assist, IRENA suggests policymakers must “ensure data collection and energy planning tools are in place, examine existing flexibility options, and secure human capacity to develop and adapt technologies to local conditions.”

The report also emphasizes the importance of stakeholder engagement when developing national roadmaps to not only attract new stakeholders, but also address changing roles of existing stakeholders.

“The power sector transformation will be an iterative process, and international cooperation will be an important tool to ensure continued learning and the exchange of best practices,” said IRENA Director of Innovation and Technology Dolf Gielen.

Also included as renewable components are marine and hydrokinetic, bioenergy, solar and wind technologies.

HydroWorld.com reported earlier that an IRENA-led group had introduced am 11-point renewable energy toolkit to a G20 summit that also emphasizes hydropower.

IRENA was founded in 2009 and is mandated as the global hub for renewable energy cooperation and information exchange by 143 members (142 states and the EU). The agency promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, including hydropower. The group launched ts Project Navigator tool, intended to give renewable energy project developers the knowledge, tools, case studies and best practices needed to support completion of projects, earlier this year.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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