Wind farm turbines situated on a ridge top in the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia.
West Virginia wind farm Wind farm turbines situated on a ridge top in the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia. © Kent Mason

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Statement from The Nature Conservancy on the IEA's World Energy Outlook 2019

Today, the International Energy Agency released the World Energy Outlook 2019. In response, The Nature Conservancy’s Global Director for Energy and Infrastructure, Mark Lambrides, issued the following statement:

"The International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook suggests that while renewable energy development has increased considerably, the transition to renewable energy needs to happen much faster. While that outlook paints a disappointing picture for the world and those of us who are eager to accelerate the use of renewables, it shouldn’t discourage us.

"Critics of IEA’s report say it doesn’t go far enough to highlight the dramatic decrease in renewable energy costs. At The Nature Conservancy, we are very encouraged by the dramatic fall in solar photovoltaic and wind costs compared to traditional fossil fuels, which is enabling a renewable energy revolution.

"Falling renewable energy prices alone is not enough to sustain and accelerate the necessary expansion of renewables. As IEA indicates, policies and plans that enable renewable energy growth are critical. We are encouraged by the international targets set by the Paris Climate Agreement, as well commitments adopted by U.S. states to address climate change.  In addition to targets, we need the policies and regulations that drive the implementation of renewable energy, along with community input and system-scale planning to meet demand and grow economies worldwide. The Nature Conservancy is working to balance the energy needs of a growing population while avoiding conflicts with the lands, water and communities where they are deployed.

"IEA’s report shouldn’t discourage us. Rather it offers us more information for the critical conversations we need to have and the changes we can make. The renewable energy revolution is happening now, but there is more work to realize its potential."

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