Renewable energy ready to set new record in 2022: IEA
The world will set a new record for renewable power capacity in 2022 led by solar, Wind and hydropower energy in India, China and Europe, but growth in China and Europe could lose steam in 2023, as estimated by the International Energy Agency.
A record 295 gigawatts of new renewable power capacity was added in 2021 despite supply chain bottlenecks, construction delays and high prices of raw materials, the IEA said in a report.
An additional 320 gigawatts is expected to be installed in 2022, equivalent to the entire electricity demand of Germany or the European Union’s total electricity generation from natural gas.
Solar energy will account for 60 percent of renewable power growth in 2022, ahead of wind and hydropower, according to the agency, which advises developed nations on energy policy.
The additional renewables capacity commissioned for 2022 and 2023 has the potential to marginally reduce the European Union’s dependence on Russian gas in the power sector, the IEA said. However, the actual contribution will depend on the success of parallel energy efficiency measures to keep the region’s energy demand in check.
The EU set a goal of slashing its heavy reliance on Russian natural gas by two thirds in 2022 following the Ukraine crisis. This will certainly help countries like India to get cheaper oil and natural gas from Russia and reduce their out go on oil import.
Energy market developments in recent months – especially in Europe due to political mechanization – have proven once again the essential role of renewables in improving energy security, in addition to their well-established effectiveness at reducing emissions, IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol said in a statement.