The International Energy Agency (IEA) projects $1.6 trillion in clean energy investment but slow growth of renewable energy through 2020, Bloomberg reported late last month. “Funding for power generation from wind, solar radiation, and biomass will average $230 billion a year from $250 billion in 2013 as technology costs fall and growth loses pace,” Nicola writes, and renewables will only reach about 26% of global electricity generation due to sluggish policy development. “Slower growth means there may not be enough renewable capacity to meet global climate-protection objectives,” he notes. IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven commented that “many renewables no longer need high incentive levels. Rather, given their capital-intensive nature, renewables require a market context that assures a reasonable and predictable return for investors.”
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