2022 Year in Review: Climate-driven Global Renewable Energy Potential Resources and Energy Demand
The joint IRENA-WMO report analyses 30 years of data to offer insights into the effect of climate variability on selected renewable technologies and energy demand at global and regional levels. The effect of climate variability is presented by evaluating the changes of four energy indicators, namely, wind power capacity factor (CF), solar Photo Voltaic CF, a hydropower proxy and an energy demand proxy (called energy degree days, EDD) for 2022, compared to the standard 30-year average, 1991-2020. This comparison allows us to identify specific inter-annual features that occurred in 2022, with respect to ‘average’ conditions. The main measure considered is the percentage anomaly (for 2022 compared to 1991-2020). This assessment is an initial step towards a more rigorous evaluation on the role of climate on Renewable Energy supply and demand.