Renewable energy is increasingly reliable and cost-competitive compared to conventional sources. Through REscale we bring together leading energy and technology companies to accelerate the deployment of renewables and the transition to a low-carbon electricity system. The speed at which the electricity sector can be decarbonized and grow to satisfy increasing demand will critically influence our ability to limit the rise in global temperatures to under 2°C.
While renewable generation accounted for 22.8% of global electricity production in 2015, considerable acceleration is needed to keep the rise in global temperatures under 2°C. The main challenges are accessing new finance instruments, ensuring bankability, and improving the integration of growing levels of renewables into grids and electricity markets.
The costs of renewable technologies are decreasing to competitive levels while new technological and market advances are helping to overcome variable generation patterns. This makes renewables a profitable investment opportunity. As global energy demand grows, building and operating renewable projects is a prosperous and sustainable business model for developers, IPPs and many utilities alike.
REscale's energy and technology company members share the ambition to scale up renewable deployment in line with the International Energy Agency's scenario for a 2°C world: producing an additional 1.5 terawatts by 2025. REscale has four action plans:
Effective communication with governments to support suitable regulatory and market structures is important to all action areas.