Global Initiative for Distributed and Local Energy (DALE) launched!

Dear Renewable Energy Colleagues,
For the past twenty years I've been synthesizing renewable energy information and writing about experience and lessons, global status, global futures, and topics like local policies and grid integration. It's been a "me to you" form of leadership, driven by my deep commitment to a renewable energy future. As a result, hundreds of thousands of you have been informed and inspired and better positioned to make renewable energy happen. Read the rest
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Grid integration of renewable energy — Eric’s best work!

One of Eric's best writings ever is now in final published form and available as free PDF or web text!  A comprehensive review of the measures and innovations for grid integration, with examples from around the world, written concisely in plain language for non-technical readers. Everything that author Eric Martinot has been able to learn about the subject over the past number of years.
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Martinot Publications on Grid Integration 2015-2016

During 2014-2015, Eric Martinot was hard at work on a number of publications and collaborative projects focused on grid integration of renewable energy.  This culminated in the five papers below, which represent a unique contribution to our understanding in several respects.
Grid Integration of Renewable Energy: Flexibility, Innovation, and Experience, Eric Martinot, Annual Review of Environment and Resources 2016, vol. 41, pp. 223-251. A comprehensive review of the … Read the rest
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New Zealand Lecture and Radio Interview

While teaching in New Zealand in July-August 2015, Eric delivered a public lecture on urban futures and gave a radio interview on China and climate. 

Renewable Energy Urban Futures – A Global Update
An update on global trends with renewable energy markets, investments and business models, and some updated cases of how cities and communities are applying renewable energy profitably and in service to local goals. Many community, peer-to-peer … Read the rest
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Power Grid Integration and Balancing of Renewables–Cases of Germany, California, Denmark

Many power grids around the world are already transitioning to high shares of renewables.  The cases of Germany, California, and Denmark are among the leading examples.  Germany has already reached a 30% share and targets 35% by 2020. California will meet its target of 33% by 2020. Denmark is already at 33% wind power.  

How are these regions managing to integrate and balance such large shares of renewable energy?   This question must be considered in the context of the “prevailing… Read the rest

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Renewables Integration and Balancing: The Work Ahead

My focus in the coming years is the integration of renewable energy at high shares into the provision and use of electricity. (The "power sector" but with a very broad definition.) In 2014, I started an ambitious multi-year effort to compile all of the leading examples and stories worldwide of "innovations" for the integration and balancing of renewables, which includes new electricity market designs, policy frameworks, business models, operational and planning practices… Read the rest

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China Renewables Update

It's been some years since I updated my China web page.  I plan to make that page active again during 2015.  For now, here are a few items on the current renewable energy situation, gleaned during the past few months.

1. It appears that the government is getting ready to tackle the issue of electricity sector reform/restructuring for the first time since 2002, although how those changes will affect renewables is still unknown.

2. New RPS targets are under development.  (For the … Read the rest

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Renewable Futures–Opportunities for Law and Business

Eric Martinot delivered a lecture to the School of Law at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.   The lecture outlined some of the key emerging opportunities and needs for law and business, in moving towards a renewable energy future.  

A video of the lecture is available at:

A summary slide from the lecture:

Opportunities… Read the rest

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No Rooftop Left Behind

By Eric Martinot

Imagine a time when every rooftop in the world has a solar panel on it.  Looking at Google Earth, all the rooftops you see would have panels.  Panels would provide power or heat, or both.  I am calling this vision "no rooftop left behind."  That phrase may ring familiar to Americans who recall the "no child left behind" legislation in 2001, which mandated educational standards for children—everyone is included, no one left out. Let's… Read the rest
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Reflections on Renewable Energy Past, Present, Future

By Eric Martinot

The year 2014 represents to me the end of ten years of phenomenal growth for renewable energy and the beginning of a new phase of renewable energy development. This new phase will be markedly different from the past ten years.  So I thought this would be a good opportunity to reflect a bit on the past, present, and future of renewables, based on my 25 years of experience in the field.

One of the important reasons for this type of perspective is that the current market, technology, and… Read the rest

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Japan Renewables Updates/Info/News

A number of English-language materials and videos are now available that provide an updated view of the Japanese renewable energy situation. In addition, the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation has just compiled a extensive list of recent English-language news clippings about energy policy in Japan (below).

Status of Renewable Energy in Japan, presentation slides by Hironao Matsubara, Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (February 2014). 

Current Issues, Status, and Trends forRead the rest

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Japan Zero-Nuclear Energy Plan by JREF

On December 6, the government of Japan published a draft (opinion) "Basic Energy Plan" on future directions for energy development in Japan, including renewables and nuclear.  The plan is set to be confirmed by the Cabinet during January 2014.  The draft plan calls nuclear "important" for Japan and does not set specific targets for renewable energy.

At a December 6 news conference, Toshimitsu Motegi, the economy, trade and industry minister, had the following… Read the rest

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Martinot Completes Pacific Crest Trail

In addition to his professional activities, Eric Martinot is an avid long-distance hiker.  During a 5-month sabbatical (2003-2004), he hiked the entire length of New Zealand, a distance of about 1600 miles (2600 km).  In 1997, he started hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in sections, which is a continuous long-distance trail 2650 miles in length (4400 km) that spans the entire distance from the Mexican border of the U.S., through California, Oregon, and Washington, to the Canadian… Read the rest

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Renewables for New Zealand’s Future–Options for Cities

On September 12, 2013, Eric Martinot spoke in Wellington, New Zealand about the future of renewable energy in New Zealand, particularly at the local/city level.  The event was sponsored by the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities of the University of Otago. He presented a global overview from his new report, the REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report, then discussed the role of cities in particular, and then took a variety of audience questions on renewables and New Zealand.

Watch the … Read the rest

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List of GFR Speaking Events Held in 2013

Eric Martinot engaged in a speaking tour about the future of renewable energy during 2013, based on the REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report.  During 2013, he conducted a total of 50 speaking events in Japan, the US, and Europe.  Following is a list of the 50 events, and a short summary of some of the questions and issues that audiences raised.
Most events lasted 1-1/2 hours, allowing substantial time for audience discussion and questions. Further debriefing of questions and issues… Read the rest
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TEDx Tokyo video (English / 日本語)

Renewable Energy Is Our Future: Eric Martinot at TEDxTokyo (English)
自然エネルギーは私たちの未来 : エリック・マーティノー at TEDxTokyo (日本語)
Eric Martinot spoke at TEDx Tokyo on May 11. Based on his work for the Renewables Global Futures Report, he talked about the myths that persist about renewable energy. None of these myths are true today, given current trends and future projections and policy targets. He also pointed to Japan's potential leadership role in the future. He listed some actions we can take and pointed to resources for learning more. He criticized the lack of reform/restructuring in Japan's electric power sector, which is the main barrier to the growth of renewables in Japan. And he called for a transformation in Japan's electric power industry and policy that allows the Japanese people to choose renewable energy. "We owe it to our children to do better," he said.
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TEDx Tokyo links for further info (日本語 / English)

The following information links supplement the TEDx Tokyo talk that Eric Martinot gave on May 11. Several are just in Japanese and were mentioned in the talk.

REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report (in English):  (also at and

(REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report, in Japanese)

自然エネルギー革命をはじめよう… Read the rest

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YouTube keynote — Pathways to 100% Renewable Energy Conference

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Eric Martinot gave the keynote speech at the Pathways to 100% Renewable Energy Conference, April 16 in San Francisco.  Sponsored by the Renewables 100 Policy Institute, this conference was a major international event attended by over 200 people and featured an outstanding array of speakers and topics packed into one day.  (Some colleagues who attended called this one of the best events of the year for renewables.)… Read the rest

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YouTube lecture: University of Colorado Boulder [updated]

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On March 18, Eric Martinot presented the Renewables Global Futures Report to the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) at the University of Colorado Boulder.  This was a 45-minute presentation followed by 30 minutes of audience questions. The video presents a brief summary of the current situation with renewable energy, followed by perspectives on the future from the Global Futures Report.… Read the rest

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Seminar at MIT

The MIT Energy Initiative and the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change hosted a seminar on the Renewables Global Futures Report on April 18. 
The case for optimism about a renewable energy future:  Researcher Eric Martinot presents findings of two-year project at campus event:… Read the rest
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Seminar at GEF/World Bank

Eric Martinot gave a seminar at the Global Environment Facility/World Bank on April 24. Below he shows the Global Futures Report. A short news item on the talk is posted at:

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Japan media coverage of Global Futures Report (日本語)

Media coverage in Japan of the Renewables Global Futures Report includes (all in Japanese / 日本語):

NHK TV Eco-channel (blog):

Mainichi national newspaper:

Synodos journal:

Japan for Sustainability (Junko Edahiro): 
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Video, Webinar, and Podcast for Global Futures Report

A video, webinar, and podcast are now available to watch/hear Eric Martinot talk about the REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report, courtesy of the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation (JREF), the International Solar Energy Society (ISES), and Monocle Radio.

1. A 15-minute video presentation by Eric Martinot on the Global Futures Report is now available online at (Go to Session 4, 4:30pm, and watch minutes 1:25 to 15:45.)  This… Read the rest

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Testimonials for the Global Futures Report

Noted experts and visionaries give testimonials for the new REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report:

“Dr. Eric Martinot and the unique REN21 global network of top renewable energy experts have done it again! Lucid, authoritative, and comprehensive, this valuable synthesis illuminates today’s best thinking on renewable energy futures.” —Amory B. Lovins, Chairman and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute

“The report gives substance to the range of choiceRead the rest

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Global Futures Report launched in Japan

The Global Futures Report was launched in Japan February 13-15 with a series of three events.

Eric Martinot speaking at the Foreign Correspondent's Club of Japan

On February 13, Eric Martinot addressed a full crowd of 30 journalists at a lunch talk at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Japan.  Many questions related to Japan’s situation relative to other countries leading in renewable energy (Japan has fallen quite behind, actually), the prospects for replacing nuclear power with renewables (very good, nuclear power is actually not needed), and… Read the rest

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Eric Martinot: Ten Questions on Renewables Futures

1. In writing the REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report, you’ve talked with all these people about the future of renewables. What lessons or insights do you come away with in terms of how we are thinking about that future?

I would say, the more we really know, the more possible it all seems. Those who know about the reality of the current situation and state of technology know it can be done. But many of us are thinking 5 years, 10 years, even 20 years ago. Even people who are just a few years out of… Read the rest

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REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report released!

The REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report (GFR) is a pioneering publication that provides access to the range of credible possibilities on the future of renewable energy. The report is based on interviews with over 170 leading experts around the world and the projections of 50 recently published scenarios. The report can serve as a tool for dialogue and discussion on future options, and compliments well the REN21 Renewables Global Status Report.

Released in January 2013, the report was authored by Eric Martinot and was the product of a unique collaboration between REN21 and the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP) during 2011-2012. See also the REN21 Policy Network for the 21st Century — Global Futures Report page.

Reader feedback and comments on the report are welcomed, including ideas for how the report can be used to facilitate dialogue and new thinking about the future.  This includes your own stories of how the report is actually being used. Use the Comments page or email contact at martinot dot info

Eric Martinot is engaged in an extensive series of public speaking events across several countries during 2013.  Follow him on Twitter and Google Plus.

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