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Potential Analysis of Renewable Energy for Targeted Policy Intervention
A RE potential analysis can be used by any city that seeks to identify the locally available
RE potential. It allows local governments to develop plans against a theoretical
upper boundary of available RE supply, and enables the formulation of development
strategies for the use of RE sources. A successful example of a local government which
undertook RE potential analysis can be found in Chemnitz, Germany. In 2008, the city
council developed the Integrated Climate Protection Programme. The analysis resulted
in a comprehensive overview of the current state of climate change, future trends, and
RE potentials. The analysis has been instrumental in informing on-going policy plans,
identifying priority measures and key action areas needed to achieve the RE targets.
Resource(s) downloads:
Chemnitz case study [2_Chemnitz.pdf, 2282.56 kb]
  • Methodology
  • Energy
  • Renewables
  • Technology
Type of resource:
  • Case Study
  • Electronic resource
  • Awareness raising
  • Capacity development
  • Methodology
Author: Petra Schneider, Nicole Gottschalk (C&E GmbH), Thomas Scharbrodt, Carina Kühnel. Contributors; (PACB) of IRENA; Richard Simpson, Nicole da Schio (ICLEI WS), Maryke van Staden and Siegfried Zöllner (ICLEI ES).
Publisher: ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability and IRENA- International Renewable Energy Agency
Published in: 2013
Relevant for:
  • Germany
  • Europe
  • Climate change
  • Energy
  • Energy efficiency
  • English
Free to use: Yes
Terms of use / copyright info:
For further information or for provision of feedback, please contact Dr. Rabia Ferroukhi, Policy Advisory Services and Capacity
Building Directorate (PACB), IRENA, C67 Office Building, Khalidiyah Street, P.O.Box 236, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates;
Email: ICLEI contact details:
The case studies are available for download at
Renewable Energy Technology:
  • Bioenergy
  • Bioenergy - Biogas
  • Bioenergy - Biomass
  • Bioenergy - Biofuel
  • Geothermal energy
  • Solar energy
  • Small / pico hydro power
  • Wind energy
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