About IEA (Paris)
The International Energy Agency (IEA) was formed in 1974 as an autonomous body
within the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The
IEA has established a legal framework for international collaboration and carries
out an energy technology programme among its 29 Member Countries including R&D,
demonstration, and information exchange.
The IEA collaboration takes place under 39 Implementing Agreements, or Technology Collaboration Programmes (TCP) which currently cover a wide assortment of energy technologies in fossil fuels, renewable energy, nuclear fusion research and efficient energy end-use.
The TCP "mechanism" is flexible and accommodates collaboration among different entities, such as governmental institutions, universities, utilities and private companies.
Technology Collaboration Programmes (TCP) are supervised by the IEA Committee on Energy Research and Technology (CERT). As far as renewable energy sources are concerned, The Working Party for Renewable Energy Technologies (REWP) has a mandate from CERT to identify technologies likely to contribute to the IEA goals, to promote collaborative R&D and to initiate, promote, and review Implementing Agreements in this field.
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