Renewable Energy 2013 Status

The IEA T‌CEP 2013 Summary of Key Clean Energy Technologies

The International Energy Association’s Tracking Clean Energy Progress 2013 is the latest annual summary of development and deployment of key clean energy technologies. Each technology and sector is tracked against interim 2020 targets in the IEA 2012 Energy Technology Perspectives 2°C scenario, which lays out pathways to a sustainable energy system in 2050. TCEP 2013 provides targeted recommendations to policy makers on how to scale up deployment of these key technologies.

The 2013 message is generally pessimistic:

  1. progress has not been fast enough;
  2. large market failures are preventing clean energy solutions from being taken up;
  3. considerable energy efficiency remains untapped;
  4. policies need to better address the energy system as a whole;
  5. energy-related research, development and demonstration need to accelerate

Alongside these grim conclusions there is positive news:

  1. In 2012, hybrid-electric vehicle sales passed the 1 million mark
  2. Solar photovoltaic systems were being installed at a record pace
  3. The costs of most clean energy technologies fell more rapidly than anticipated