16 October 2017 | Article
Long-term planning, over the course of 20-40 years, is a central component of the energy sector, and energy policy making processes around the world. A jurisdiction’s energy plan – and the process of planning itself – can equip policy makers with an understanding of the complex economic, political and environmental interrelations and uncertainties surrounding energy systems. Long-term energy plans feature quantitative scenarios and targets for the energy mix that realise a country’s overall policy goals, guiding the process of when, where and how to invest in the energy sector. Policy instruments and regulations can also be duly crafted to achieve these targets.
IRENA supports members in energy planning efforts through a wide range of on-the-ground activities, including regional training workshops, support to countries in energy masterplan development, and grid integration support for islands.
For more information on these activities, see the respective “work areas” pages.