The nature of the clean energy dialogue is changing. The focus is no longer on how to incubate immature clean energy sources. Rather, the focus is shifting to understanding and proactively planning for system-level transformation.
By 2035, the IEA estimates $16.9 trillion (USD) of power system investment will be required to achieve the three goals of energy access, energy sustainability, and energy security. Massive annual investment flows will be required to support new generation, T&D construction and refurbishment, grid intelligence, and end-use efficiency. Ensuring that these investments happen at the requisite scale — and in a coordinated fashion — will require integrated policy approaches reflecting state-of-the-art knowledge across a number of domains.
The 21st Century Power Partnership (21CPP) is a unique platform to support the development of such approaches. By fostering multilateral engagements, 21CPP ensures global insight into the common and divergent features of power system transformation. By doing so, the initiative improves the efficacy of clean energy reform agendas and ensures that participating governments have access to international expert resources. 21CPP is supported through the efforts of three main bodies:
In India, Mexico, and South Africa, the 21st Century Power Partnership is bringing global experts together with governments, utilities, and regulators to facilitate increased renewables integration and the deployment of large-scale energy efficiency and smart grid solutions.
The specific goals of the Partnership include the following:
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The 21st Century Power Partnership conducts activities in four focus areas, which each represent an opportunity to achieve better global coordination along the path to clean, reliable, cost-effective energy systems:
The Partnership leverages synergies across the Clean Energy Ministerial’s technology-specific efforts, such as the Multilateral Solar and Wind Working Group (MSWWG), the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN), the Super-Efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiative, the Power and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) working groups of the Global Superior Energy Performance Partnership (GSEP), and the crosscutting Clean Energy Solutions Center.