Dallas, TX -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/03/2012 -- This report looks at the evolution of renewable energy, from the factors that have led to significant and continuing growth, to those that may curb growth in the short term. The report identifies growing awareness and acceptance of renewables as a driver, but concludes that the lack of a stable investment environment could limit this growth and that a broader, longer-term strategy is needed.
Features and benefits
- Gain insight into where the renewables sector is now and an overview of current trends broken down by fuel, region, country, end-user, and generator.
- Understand likely future trends and the key issues leading to growth, including investment, cost-equivalence with fossil fuels, and energy security.
- Understand the main factors that could cause renewables development to falter, including failure to disaggregate renewable energy by fuel.
- Gain an overview of principal alternatives to renewables development and the strengths and weaknesses of these alternatives.
- Gain recommendations and the basic components of the strategy needed at a national level to ensure continuing renewables growth.
The days when renewables development was seen as a question of whether to implement a specific renewable in a specific location are gone: renewables need to be seen as part of a portfolio of energy resources that may include other modern conventional technologies (including natural gas and CCS).
The continued development of renewables requires strategic vision and investment in infrastructure and technology: most obviously, smart grid and energy storage. However, new generation biofuels technology is needed to kickstart this segment of the renewables market.
The move toward the next generation of technologies is unlikely to be possible without strong signals from states and governments that they will be supported.
Your key questions answered
- Where are renewables now in the overall energy mix and how is this reflected by region and by country?
- What are the long-term prospects for renewables and which are expected to see the most significant growth over the next decades?
- What are the principal policy and investment issues?
- What are the key technological and structural obstacles to renewables implementation?
- What changes need to be put in place at government level to ensure continuing renewables success?
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List of Tables
Table: World total primary energy supply and relative change, by fuel (Mtoe), 2007 and 2009
Table: Proportion of EU energy requirements provided by renewables (%), 2006–09
Table: Renewable energy estimated share of global final consumption and relative change (%), 2008 and 2010
Table: Estimated renewable share of global electricity generation and relative change (%), 2008 and 2011
Table: Renewable generating capacity: selected indicators, 2009–11
Table: Total energy production by regions: renewable share and change, 2010 versus 2005
Table: Share of renewable energy in gross final energy consumption (%), 2009 and 2010 plus EU targets for 2020
Table: Electricity generated from renewable sources (% of gross electricity consumption), 2009 and 2010
Table: Proportion of renewable energy primary production by country from biomass, hydro, geothermal, wind, and solar energy (%), 2010
Table: Total world delivered energy consumption, by end-use sector (quadrillion Btu), 2008
Table: World total energy consumption, by fuel (quadrillion Btu), 2008–35
Table: Total installed generating capacity and renewables capacity (GW), 2008–35
Table: Actual and forecast net electricity generation, by renewables (billion kWh), 2008–35
Table: Regional variation in levelized cost of new generation resources, US ($/MWh), 2017
Table: Leading nations by renewable technology (GW), end 2011
Table: World annual investment in new renewable capacity ($bn), 2009–11
Table: Number of countries with renewable targets and renewable support policies, 2009–11
Table: Countries generating the largest proportion of their electricity from nuclear (%), 2011
List of Figures
Figure: World total primary energy supply, by fuel (Mtoe), 2007 and 2009
Figure: Proportion of EU energy requirements provided by renewables (%), 2006–09
Figure: Renewable energy estimated share of global final consumption (%), 2008 and 2010
Figure: Estimated renewable share of global electricity generation (%), 2008 and end 2011
Figure: Renewable generating capacity: hydropower versus other renewables, 2009–11
Figure: Change in renewable share of energy use by regions (%), 2010 versus 2005
Figure: Share of renewable energy in gross final energy consumption (%), 2010
Figure: Electricity generated from renewable sources (% of gross electricity consumption), 2009 and 2010
Figure: Proportion of renewable energy primary production from hydro energy, by country (%), 2010
Figure: Total world delivered energy consumption, by end-use sector (quadrillion Btu), 2008
Figure: World total energy consumption, by fuel (quadrillion Btu), 2008–35
Figure: Renewables as a proportion of total installed generating capacity (%), 2008–35
Figure: Actual and forecast net electricity generation, by renewables (billion kWh), 2008–35
Figure: Virtuous circle of renewables support, 2012
Figure: Average levelized cost of new generation resources ($/MWh), 2017
Figure: World annual investment in new renewable capacity ($bn), 2009–11
Figure: Number of countries with renewable policy targets, 2009–11
Figure: Share of renewable energy in gross final consumption (%), EU target for 2020
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