Global Renewable Energy to Double by 2020 Says New Report

Date: November 16, 2011

Source: Bloomberg New Energy Finance

The global capacity to produce renewable energy is expected to double to $395 billion in 2020 and rising to $460 billion in 2030, from $195 billion in 2010, according to a report Bloomberg New Energy Finance. That implies that nearly 16 percent of total energy production in 2030 will come from renewable sources (including large hydro), up from 12.6% last year. According to Bloomberg's Global Renewable Energy Market Outlook, Europe will remain the largest market over the short term, but its share will eventually wane in the wake of sovereign debt problems and emerging markets elsewhere. For example, renewable energy investment in the rapidly developing economies of India, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America could grow by 10-18% per year from 2010 to 2020. China is expected to overtake Europe in 2014 with annual spending of just under $50 billion.

Investment in biofuels, biomass and waste-to-energy is projected to increase from $14 billion in 2010 to $80 billion in 2020.


PRESS RELEASE
November 16, 2011

Renewable capacity to double by 2020, 15.7% of total energy production by 2030

The annual value of renewable energy capacity installed will double in real terms to $395 billion in 2020, rising to $460 billion in 2030, compared with $195 billion in 2010 according to the latest analysis company Bloomberg New Energy Finance. As a result, in 20 years' time 15.7% of total energy production will come from renewable sources (including large hydro), up from 12.6% last year.

These are the results of the Global Renewable Energy Market Outlook, a major new piece of research published for Bloomberg New Energy Finance clients, presenting the firm's latest forecasts on the size of the world renewable energy markets out to 2030.

Geographically, Europe will remain one of the biggest markets for money spent on renewable energy projects for the next three years, but with a dwindling share of world investment as European Union governments scale back clean energy support in the face of sovereign debt problems. Growth in the European market will resume post 2015 as investment scales up to meet the EU 2020 renewable energy target. China will take over the lead in renewable energy asset finance from Europe in 2014, with an annual spend of just under $50 billion. The US and Canada are also expected to see no lasting slowdown in project construction, together hitting $50 billion of investment in 2020.

Up to 18% growth in emerging markets

The most rapid growth will be seen in the rapidly developing economies of India, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, with projected growth rates of 10-18% per year over the period 2010 to 2020.

With regard to technologies, cost reductions will spur deployment of solar power, which will undergo the second-fastest percentage growth of all technologies (after offshore wind) from 51 GW in 2010 to 1,137 GW by 2030. This will require significant capital an annual average of $130bn over 2010-30 compared with $86 billion in 2010.

Offshore wind largest increase

The wind (on- and offshore) sector will continue to expand, attracting $140 billion in 2020 and $206 billion per annum by 2030 (2010: $82 billion). New areas of growth will come from European offshore wind and emerging markets in Latin America, Turkey, Africa and Australia. In those latter countries, there is a favourable combination of good resources and underlying power demand growth combined with a desire to diversify the energy mix. In addition, repowering will represent a significant market over the next 20 years in the US and Europe, where there are many older turbines on resource-rich sites.

The bioenergy sector will see renewed activity, with the commercialisation of second-generation technologies. Investment in biofuels, biomass and waste-to-energy is projected to increase from $14 billion in 2010 to $80 billion in 2020 and then remain level over the next decade.

"These results indicate that last year's record renewable energy investment was no one-off despite the recent economic gloom. Big winners over the next 20 years will be the emerging renewable energy hubs in Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa by 2020 the markets outside of the EU, US, Canada and China will account for 50% of global annual investment in renewable energy capacity," commented Guy Turner, Director of Commodity Market Research at Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

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Bloomberg New Energy Finance

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