The ongoing energy transition is mainly driven by reductions in the cost of wind and solar energy, and political efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Although substantial deployment of variable renewable energy (VRE) is an important part of the overall transformation, rapid changes in the energy mix may pose challenges to the resilience of the electricity grid, particularly in times of weather-related stress. As fossil generation capacity is being retired and replaced by VRE generation, it raises the important question of how to maintain the stability and reliability of future energy supply.

Although climate and energy policies are still largely focussed on electricity, most of the energy is used for heating, cooling, and transport. These sectors have remained deeply reliant on fossil fuels and significant decarbonisation efforts are needed to ensure that the overall emission pledges of the Paris Accord can be met. In addition to sector-specific measures, it is essential to recognise the links between electricity, heat and transport and exploit synergies so that these sectors will support each other’s in the effort to decarbonise.

News and Highlights

IEA Bioenergy News Volume 33(1) – June 2021

This issue covers the ExCo87 Virtual meeting held on 18-19 May 2021, a review of the IEA article “What does net-zero emissions by 2050 mean for bioenergy and land use?”, a Task Focus by Task 43, the Noticeboard including T44 news, and recent publications and upcoming...

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Task 44 meeting in May 2021

Task 44 has met virtually a total of four times during the spring 2021. In the latest meeting in May, several interesting topics were discussed. We finalized a report “Technologies for Flexible Bioenergy”, which will be published in August - stay tuned! Also new...

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Recent Events

Workshop on role of biorefineries in grid balancing

IEA Bioenergy Task 39-Task 44 Joint Workshop, “Role of biofuels production / biorefineries in grid balancing", 25 November 2020, Virtual  Due to increasing electrical power production from fluctuating renewable sources like wind and solar, there is an important role...

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Latest Publications and Reports

Technologies for Flexible Bioenergy, 2021

The increasing share of renewable energy sources such as photovoltaic systems and wind turbines, of which electricity production depends on weather conditions, leads to a need for more flexibility and controllability of other energy sources, energy carriers and energy...

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