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Look for their annual ‘Statistical Review of World Energy’, which gives global energy statistics in pdf and spreadsheet form.

Danish Energy Agency
Click on ‘English’ at the top to give their English language home page. Reports on Danish energy policy and energy statistics in pdf and spreadsheet form.

Search their website for their recent ‘Energy revolution’ reports on renewable energy.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Reports and statistics on climate change and mitigation technologies. Look particularly for their (2011) Special report on renewable energy sources and climate change mitigation.

International Energy Agency
Publishes a wide range of reports on international energy policy and statistics, most available on-line. Look under ‘Publications’ and particularly ‘Free Publications’. There are ‘Technology Roadmaps’ for a range of different renewable energy technologies.

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Intergovernmental organization dedicated to renewable energy. 158 states and the EU are members.

REN21 – Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century
REN21 produces an annual report on the market status of renewable energy worldwide, as well as many policy reports and statements.

Renewable Energy Association
‘The Voice of the Renewables Industry in the UK’.

Renewable UK
The UK industry association for wind and marine energy and source of many reports and statistics.

UK Committee on Climate Change
An organization which advises the UK government on climate change policy and emission reduction policies. Look particularly for their 2010 ‘Renewable Energy Review’ and 2011 ‘Bioenergy Review’.

CCC (2011) The Renewable Energy Review, London, The Committee on Climate Change.

UK Department of Energy and Climate Change
Reports on a wide range of UK energy topics. Look under ‘Statistics’ and ‘Statistics Publications’ for the annual booklet ‘UK Energy in Brief’. Look under ‘Meeting Energy Demand’ for information on a range of different energy technologies.

DECC (2010) Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics (DUKES), Department of Energy and Climate Change. Published annually.
DECC (2010) Energy in Brief 2012, Department of Energy and Climate Change. Published annually.

US Department of Energy – Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
A wide range of information on different renewable energy technologies.

US Energy Information Administration (EIA)
The official source of information on energy in the USA. EIA publishes a wide range of reports and statistics on US energy plus briefing notes on energy in many other countries.

IEA Key World Energy Statistics 2012, International Energy Agency. Published annually.

US National Renewable Energy Laboratory
A wide range of information on different renewable energy technologies.

WEC (2010) Survey of Energy Resources, Executive Summary, London, World Energy Council www.worldenergy.org/documents/ser2010exsumsept8.pdf

WWF – Worldwide Fund for Nature
Search for ‘renewable energy’ on their website to find recent energy scenario reports.

Solar Thermal Energy

International Solar Energy Society, www.ises.org/index.html. ‘Leading the Transition to a Renewable World’. Also publishes the journal, Solar Energy.

Solar Photovoltaics

European Photovoltaics Industries Association (EPIA), www.epia.org. ‘The Voice of Photovoltaics in Europe’.

EC JRC (2011) PV Potential Estimation Utility, http://re.jrc.ec.europa.eu/pvgis/apps4/pvest.php.

IEA Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme, International Energy Agency, www.iea-pvps.org.


CCC (2011) Bioenergy Review, Committee on Climate Change, London, available at www.theccc.org.uk.

IEA Bioenergy (2009) Bioenergy – a Sustainable and Reliable Energy Source (Executive Summary), IEA Bioenergy, www.ieabioenergy.com/LibItem.aspx?id=6479.

DECC (2012) UK Bioenergy Strategy (online), www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/meeting_energy/bioenergy/strategy/strategy.aspx.

Royal Society (2008) Sustainable Biofuels: Prospects and Challenges, London, Royal Society; also available at: http://royalsociety.org/policy/publications/2008/sustainable-biofuels

Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA), www.adbiogas.co.uk


DECC (2010) England and Wales Hydropower Resource Assessment, Department of Energy and Climate Change and Welsh Assembly Government (WAG), URN 10D/556,

Tidal Power

Carbon Trust (2011) Accelerating Marine Energy, Carbon Trust, CTC797; available at www.carbontrust.com/resources/reports/technology/accelerating-marine-energy.

DECC (2010) Severn tidal Power: Feasibility Study Conclusions and Summary Report, Department of Energy and Climate Change, URN 10D/808; available at www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/meeting_energy/wave_tidal/severn_tidal_power/severn_tidal_power.aspx.

Wind Power

DECC (2011) Department of Energy and Climate Change’s wind speed database website URL: http://tools.decc.gov.uk/en/windspeed/default.aspx or http://www.bwea.com/noabl/index.html.

EEA (2009) Europe’s on shore and offshore wind energy potential – An assessment of environmental and economic constraints, European Environment Agency. EEA Technical Report No. 6/2009, www.eea.europa.eu/publications/europes-onshore-and-offshore-wind-energy-potential

Renewable UK (2011) UKWED the UK Wind Energy Database.  http://www.renewableuk.com/en/renewable-energy/wind-energy/uk-wind-energy-database/index.cfm

European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) Voice of the European wind industry, www.ewea.org. Publishes Wind Directions magazine.

Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). International Trade Association for the Wind Power Industry, www.gwec.net

Floating wind turbine research and development projects are described at a number of sites, including:

Wave Power

BERR (2008) Atlas of UK Marine Renewable Energy Resources http://www.renewables-atlas.info/

Geothermal Energy

IEA (2011) Technology Roadmap for Geothermal Heat and Power, OECD/ IEA, Paris.

UK Ground Source Heat Pump Association : www.gshp.org.uk

International Geothermal Association : www.geothermal-energy.org. Includes technical descriptions, inventory of power plant worldwide and database of conference papers, most: with free access.

Integration, Future Scenarios and Economics

Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) (2010) Zero Carbon Britain 2030: A New Energy Strategy, the second report of the Zero Carbon Britain Project, Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, Wales. Available from: www.zerocarbonbritain.com

Danish Government (2011) Energy Strategy 2050, available at http://denmark.dk/en/.

DECC (2010) 2050 Pathways Analysis, Department of Energy and Climate Change. Available from www.decc.gov.uk/assets/decc/what%20we%20do/a%20low%20carbon%20uk/2050/216-2050-pathways-analysis-report.pdf.

DECC (2011) UK Renewable Energy Roadmap, Department of Energy and Climate Change. Available from www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/meeting_energy/renewable_ener/re_roadmap/re_roadmap.aspx.

European Climate Foundation (2010) Roadmap 2050: a Practical Guide to a Prosperous, low-Carbon Europe. Volume 1, Full Report 100pp, and Appendix A: Generation. European Climate Foundation, Berlin and Brussels. Downloadable from www.europeanclimate.org.

Greenpeace (2010) Energy (r)Evolution: A Sustainable World Energy Outlook, Greenpeace International and European Renewable Energy Council,  http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/publications/reports/Energy-Revolution-A-Sustainable-World-Energy-Outlook/.

Mott MacDonald (2010) UK Electricity Generation Costs Update; available at www.decc.gov.uk/assets/decc/statistics/projections/71-uk-electricity-generation-costs-update-.pdf.

WWF (2011a) Positive Energy: How Renewable Electricity can transform the UK by 2030, World Wide Fund For Nature, Godalming, UK, 64pp. Quotation on page 6. Table on page 7. Downloadable from http://assets.wwf.org.uk/downloads/positive_energy_final_designed.pdf.

WWF (2011b) The Energy Report: Part 1: 100% Renewable Energy by 2050; Part 2: the Ecofys Energy Scenario. World Wide Fund for Nature, WWF International, Gland, Switzerland and Ecofys, Utrecht, the Netherlands. 256 pp. Downloadable from: http://assets.wwf.org.uk/downloads/2011_02_02_the_energy_report_full.pdf

Journals and News Services

Renewable Energy World

Covers industry, policy, technology, finance and markets for all renewable technologies.

Renewable Energy Focus
Covers international renewable energy news, features, events and jobs including solar, wind, biofuels, marine, tidal, geothermal etc.

Two useful news sites on solar power are:
Solar Power Portal www.solarpowerportal.co.uk
PV-Tech.  http://www.pv-tech.org

Windpower Monthly
Covers wind energy business and policy.