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This study analyses the prospective impact of renewable energy deployment, along with recently mandated changes to power plant cooling systems, on water use in India’s electricity sector. Looking at the expected freshwater intensity of non-hydro power generation under different scenarios, the analysis aims to quantify the impact of India’s energy transition on freshwater use. The findings highlight the need to incorporate water considerations into energy planning.

Read more: http://www.irena.org/publications/2018/Jan/Water-Use-in-India-Power-Impact-of-renewables-to-2030

Energy consumption in Southeast Asia has doubled in just over two decades. With annual economic growth exceeding 4%, the region can expect energy demand to rise further in the years ahead. This regional market analysis from IRENA examines the challenges of economic and population growth, the need to boost energy supply, and growing environmental and energy security concerns.

Read more: http://www.irena.org/publications/2018/Jan/Renewable-Energy-Market-Analysis-Southeast-Asia

As urban populations grow at an unprecedented pace, how can technology help planners and policymakers ensure their cities remain liveable and sustainable?

Read more: http://www.eco-business.com/podcasts/the-future-of-cities/

Renewable energy has emerged as an increasingly competitive way to meet new power generation needs. This comprehensive cost report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) highlights the latest trends for each of the main renewable power technologies, based on the latest cost and auction price data from projects around the world.

Read more: http://www.irena.org/publications/2018/Jan/Renewable-power-generation-costs-in-2017

Within 10 months of introducing competitive auctions in the wind energy sector, India has witnessed a sharp correction in tariff bids by project developers. The major reason for this sharp correction is the virtual ban on allocation of wind energy projects under the feed-in tariff regime.

Read more: https://cleantechnica.com/2018/01/08/wind-energy-tariffs-india-fall-30-10-months/

Massive flows of finance are needed to accelerate renewable energy investments. More investment in renewables would reduce energy-related carbon emissions, a key element in efforts to limit global warming.

Read more: http://www.irena.org/publications/2018/Jan/Global-Landscape-of-Renewable-Energy-Finance