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The 21st Century Power Partnership works toward accelerating the global transformation of power systems through workshops, publications, and other educational efforts. Read news related to the 21st Century Power Partnership below.

Clean Energy Newsletter from Mexico’s Energy Secretary Summarizes MEXIREC/DEMEX Conference in Mexico City

The current issue of Energías Limpías, the Spanish-language clean energy newsletter from Mexico's Secretary of Energy (SENER), provides a comprehensive recap of the MEXIREC/DEMEX Conference held in Mexico City Sept. 11–14, 2017. Organized by the Government of Mexico and Renewable Energy for the 21st Century (REN21), the 7th Biennial International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC) brought together more than 2,500 participants, from government ministers to high-level decision makers, experts, and thought leaders from the public and private sector, to jointly address the goal of advancing renewable energy within the framework of the Strategic Dialogues on the Future of Energy (DEMEX). Among the 2017 conference highlights featured in Energías Limpías are a workshop on modeling tools in the energy sector hosted by SENER with the support of the 21st Century Power Partnership and the Energy Agency of Denmark (DEA), and a meeting between Undersecretary Leonardo Beltran Rodriguez and Christian Zinglersen, Head of Secretariat for the new Clean Energy Minsterial (CEM) Secretariat, which focused on Mexico's participation in the 21st Century Power Partnership. Other highlighted events include the third meeting of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's North American Renewable Integration Study Technical Review Committee, the third Transregional Workshop on Solar Generation Plants, a Clean Energy EXPO, and visits to the Los Azufres geothermal site and the Pier II Wind Farm. A high-level political conference series hosted by a national government every two years and convened by REN21, IREC is dedicated exclusively to the renewable energy sector and has provided the impetus for several momentous initiatives over the past decade.

Newsletter Issue 6, May 2017

Power Partnership Drives Momentum to Transform Power Systems

At the Global Green Growth Forum in June, representatives from the 21st Century Power Partnership participated in a session on Power System Transformation. The session provided global perspectives on the transformation to a more sustainable power system following COP21 and debated the conclusions with about 70 high-level participants. To ensure further development at scale and speed, the session acknowledged the important role being filled by 21st Century Power Partnership. The Clean Energy Ministerial's Power System Challenge aims to accelerate power system transformation to achieve clean, reliable, resilient, and affordable power for all.

Newsletter Issue 6, May 2016

New Report: Clean Restructuring

Released at CEM7 in San Francisco, the 21st Century Power Partnership's latest report addresses key issues associated clean restructuring—the transition from traditional, vertically integrated utilities to competitive wholesale markets that rely on variable renewable electricity sources, demand response, and other clean energy options. An overview brochure outlines the report and examples from Mexico, Denmark, and Germany.

COP 21: Powering Innovation for a Sustainable Future — An Electric Industry's Perspective

Dr. Lawrence Jones, chair of the 21st Century Power Partnership's Public-Private Leadership Forum, joined the Powering Innovation for a Sustainable Future — An Electric Industry's Perspective panel in Paris at COP 21. View the video below.

Dr. Lawrence Jones Confirmed as 21CPP Leadership Forum Co-Chair

Dr. Lawrence Jones is an energy thought leader with over 20 years of experience in the energy industry. He will bring this experience and expertise to the 21st Century Power Partnerships Public-Private Leadership Forum (PPLF) as its co-chair. Dr. Jones joined Alstom Grid Inc. in 2000 and is currently Vice President for Utility Innovations & Infrastructure Resilience at Alstom Grid in North America. As co-chair of the Leadership Forum, Dr. Jones will guide the activities of this leadership forum in catalysing public-private collaboration in transforming global power systems. "The 21st Century Power Partnership's PPLF is excited to welcome Dr. Jones as its next co-chair," said Doug Arent, executive director of the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis, operating agent of the 21st Century Power Partnership. "Dr. Jones brings vast international and domestic energy policy and development experience and I look forward to working with him and the rest of the PPLF in the coming months."

Dr. Jones succeeds inaugural PPLF Chair James E. Rogers of Duke Energy. Mr. Rogers is chairman of the board for Duke Energy, and also served as Duke Energy's president and CEO from April 2006 until his retirement on July 1, 2013. The 21CPP extends its heartfelt appreciation to Mr. Rogers for leading the PPLF this past year.

India RE Roadmap Outlines Strategy for RE Implementation

Report on India's Renewable Electricity Roadmap 2030: Toward Accelerated Renewable Electricity Deployment, developed with participation from 21CPP's India program, was released at the Renewable Energy Global Investors Meet & Expo (RE-INVEST 2015) in New Delhi on 15 February 2015. The report outlines key recommendations and the framework for an integrated policy strategy for rapid RE implementation that complements both existing and planned conventional power projects. The Indian government is already considering adoption of key policy levers suggested in the Roadmap.

Power Systems of the Future Released

Power Systems of Future offers a framework for decision making surrounding power system transformation and is co-authored with some of the world's most influential figures in power systems strategy. Read the report now or visit the Publications section for more information.

Report Highlights Opportunities to Build Tomorrow's Electricity Sector

A new report published by the World Economic Forum offers guidance on transforming the electricity sector to a more sustainable, affordable, and reliable system. The Future of Electricity outlines recommendations for policymakers, regulators, and businesses in developed markets to attract needed investment. Doug Arent of JISEA and the 21st Century Power Partnership contributed to the report. View the press release from the World Economic Forum.

"Making Coal Flexible" Now Available in Mandarin

The Power Partnership paper "Making Coal Flexible: Getting from Baseload to Peaking Plant" is now available in a Mandarin translation. The original paper was published by Cornerstone, the official journal of the world coal industry. Both English and Mandarin versions of the article are available in our Publications section. In addition, PennEnergy reprinted the article on January 7, 2015.

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Children's Investment Fund Foundation, Power Partnership Team Up to Help Mexico Transform Its Power Sector

The Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) will provide up to $3.9 million to the 21st Century Power Partnership to create and operate a platform for power sector technical support for the Mexican federal government. This program will help Mexico achieve secure, reliable, and clean electricity as part of its energy reform agenda.

The 21st Century Power Partnership is an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial, a global forum to encourage and facilitate the transition to a global clean energy economy.

"The Children's Investment Fund Foundation is working with the 21st Century Power Partnership to help strengthen Mexico's efforts towards being a leader in the field of renewable energy with a modern and efficient energy system," Kate Hampton, Executive Director, Climate Change for CIFF said. "We believe that reliable, clean power can help drive large-scale, sustainable development over time and is therefore essential for improving the lives of children in emerging economies."

"The investment by the Children's Investment Fund Foundation in the 21st Century Power Partnership builds off of our thought leadership in power sector transformation; it allows us to expand our technical assistance our international network of power system experts to strengthen and support Mexico's power sector," Doug Arent of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) said.

NREL and its institutional partner, the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis, act as operating agent of the Power Partnership and will manage the new program. "This work also leverages the Power Partnership's experience on similar activities in India and South Africa," Arent said.

"Mexico is embarking on an ambitious energy reform and is committed to become a global clean energy leader," Leonardo Beltrán, Deputy Secretary for Energy Planning and Transition, Mexico Secretariat of Energy (SENER) said. "We welcome CIFF and the 21st Century Power Partnership as partners in this process."

The activities in this program have been developed in partnership with key stakeholders from the Mexican energy system, including the Secretariat of Energy (SENER), Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE), and Electricity Research Institute (IIE). The CIFF funding will be spread over a three-year period.

For more information about the Power Partnership or this program, contact 21stCenturyPower@NREL.gov.

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21st Century Power Partnership Works through RAP to Deliver Energy Efficiency Progress in Arkansas

Work supported by the Clean Energy Ministerial's 21st Century Power Partnership (21CPP) has helped expand energy efficiency programs in the U.S. state of Arkansas. The Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP), a global nonprofit organization that advises public officials on regulatory and competitive utilities policies, was commissioned by 21CPP to conduct a 'deep dive' into a U.S. state with the goal of informing policy makers on utility program designs and regulatory policies to improve end-use energy efficiency.

Read more on the Clean Energy Ministerial website.

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Roundtable Explores Role of Demand Management in the Utility of the Future

February 2014

The Institute for Building Efficiency and the Power Partnership convened a roundtable discussion of the current status and future prospects of large-scale, distributed energy demand management. Results of the 12 February 2014 discussion have been documented in a summary report to inform key stakeholders in the private and public sectors of opportunities to leverage demand resource management to meet the needs of 21st century electrical power systems.

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Eskom, 21st Century Power Partnership Working Toward More Renewable Electricity in South Africa

December 2013

Eskom, South Africa's power utility, with support from the 21st Century Power Partnership and the South African National Energy Development Institute, convened a two-day workshop with regional and global power system experts to support the goal of significantly increasing renewable electricity by 2030.

The workshop was designed to strengthen capacity for renewable integration at Eskom and exchange knowledge between energy experts in the region. Topics included evolving approaches to renewable electricity generation forecasting and integration of renewables on low-voltage networks.

"With a vision to significantly increase renewable electricity by 2030, South Africa is helping lead the way to a clean energy future. With this workshop, Eskom has demonstrated its commitment to realizing the vision articulated in the Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity 2010-2030," said Mackay Miller, who represents the 21st Century Power Partnership on behalf of the U.S. Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory. "The Power Partnership is excited to partner with Eskom to develop priorities and human capital needed to implement clean energy goals, which are important for the development of the country and the region."

The workshop, held 9-10 December in South Africa, convened Eskom technical and executive leadership together with international experts in the areas of forecasting and power quality. Representatives attending from the Power Partnership Secretariat included Graham Pugh (U.S. Energy Department), Douglas Arent (Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis), and Mackay Miller (NREL).

About Eskom
Eskom provides sustainable electricity solutions to grow the economy and improve the quality of life of the people in South Africa and in the region. Eskom generates approximately 95% of the electricity used in the country and approximately 45% of the electricity used in Africa. Eskom generates, transmits and distributes electricity to industrial, mining, commercial, agricultural, and residential customers and redistributors.

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