Working with electricity customers, cities, regulators and utilities to drive the transition to a low-carbon grid.
The energy sector is responsible for 72% of global greenhouse gas emissions, making decarbonization in the sector an important opportunity to fight climate change. Moving the energy system away from fossil fuels — combined with increasing investment in and deploying renewable energy — is critical to achieving a low-carbon future.
WRI's renewable energy team drives alignment and investment in electricity markets to deliver on consumer demand for an affordable transition to clean energy and reduce energy-related emissions. To achieve this goal, we work with electricity customers, cities, regulators and utilities to aid the transformation to a low-carbon grid in China, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Mexico, the Philippines, the United States and Vietnam.
This work includes:
Supporting electricity customers — particularly major companies and municipal customers with large energy use and ambitious clean energy goals — to meet their demand for affordable renewable energy.
Helping utilities use their strengths for clean energy deployment, such as the low cost of capital, cost-effective renewable energy integration strategies and long-term planning.
Working with community leaders who have set ambitious targets to advance their renewable energy goals and support cities in the fight against climate change.
Addressing market barriers to adopting clean energy, enabling a low-carbon electricity grid transition.
Developing pilot programs with stakeholders across the electricity sector to demonstrate how new models for regulation and renewable energy procurement can deliver low-cost electricity and be replicated quickly through large electricity markets.
Analyzing international public finance to identify models that deliver affordable, reliable clean energy to all consumers.
Undertaking primary research on renewable energy and leveraging this knowledge to depict the sustainable energy development landscape for decision-makers and the public.
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Clean Energy Initiatives
Clean Energy for Large BuyersVisit Project
Working with large energy buyers to implement renewable energy alternatives.
Utility Clean Energy SolutionsVisit Project
Working with utilities, cities and relevant stakeholders to explore how they can implement shared clean energy goals.
Equitable Clean Energy PlanningVisit Project
Helping cities integrate equitable planning into their clean energy strategies.
Power System ReformVisit Project
Engaging with wholesale market operators, utilities, developers, electricity customers and other key actors to strengthen and modernize the U.S. power system