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Renewables Rising: The Role of Grid Integration

30 June 2016

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PresentationIntroduction to the webinar and panelists

Presentation—Christine Lins: Renewables 2016 Global Status Report

Presentation—Peng Peng: New Energy Outlook for China in 2016

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The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), hosted this webinar on rising renewables and the role of grid integration.

Participants learned how increased additions of solar photovoltaics and wind in the electricity sector have driven other energy sectors and how 2015 marks when, for the first time, investment by developing countries surpassed that of industrialized countries. The webinar began with an overview of the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century’s (REN21’s) newly released Renewables 2016 Global Status Report and then looked at renewables and grid integration.

China has ordered power transmission companies to provide grid connectivity for all renewable power generation sources and end a bottleneck that has left a large amount of clean power idle. Participants learned what this means for renewables in China, the opportunities and challenges and its significance for the sector as a whole.

Presentations were followed by an interactive question and answer session with the audience.


Christine Lins, Executive Secretary, Renewable Energy Policy Network of the 21st Century (REN21)

Ms. Lins was appointed as Executive Secretary of the Renewable Energy Policy Network of the 21st Century (REN21) in July 2011. REN21 is a global, public-private multi-stakeholder network on renewable energy that convenes international organisations, governments, industry associations, science and academia as well as NGOs working in the field of renewable energy. REN21 has its headquarters at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Paris, France. Ms. Lins has more than 18 years of working experience in the field of renewable energy sources.

Ms. Peng Peng

Peng Peng works as Director of Policy Research at Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association (CREIA). CREIA is one of the most important think tanks for the National Energy Administration’s focus on renewable energy. Peng Peng’s focus is on renewable energy strategy and policy research, which helps to adjust China’s energy structure and reduce fossil energy consumption. CREIA issues China Wind & Solar Annual Reports and other valuable renewable reports. Peng Peng has published articles in Xinhua Agency’s magazine, which has deep influence on governments.