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The nature of the clean energy dialogue is changing. The focus is no longer on how to incubate immature clean energy sources. Rather, the focus is shifting to understanding and proactively planning for system-level transformation.

By 2035, the IEA estimates $16.9 trillion (USD) of power system investment will be required to achieve the three goals of energy access, energy sustainability, and energy security. Massive annual investment flows will be required to support new generation, T&D construction and refurbishment, grid intelligence, and end-use efficiency. Ensuring that these investments happen at the requisite scale — and in a coordinated fashion — will require integrated policy approaches reflecting state-of-the-art knowledge across a number of domains.

The 21st Century Power Partnership (21CPP) is a unique platform to support the development of such approaches. By fostering multilateral engagements, 21CPP ensures global insight into the common and divergent features of power system transformation. By doing so, the initiative improves the efficacy of clean energy reform agendas and ensures that participating governments have access to international expert resources. 21CPP is supported through the efforts of three main bodies:

  • Power Partnership Steering Group (PPSG): The PPSG is made up of representatives from Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) governments and meets regularly to review Partnership activities, establish specific activities through a Program of Work (PoW), and ensure that the Partnership’s work complements and leverages other CEM activities.
  • Public-Private Leadership Forum (PPLF): The PPLF coordinates activities with private-sector stakeholders, including utilities, system operators, technology suppliers, investors, project developers, and financial services firms, and serves as a vehicle for providing input for the annual PoW.
  • Operating Agents (OAs): The OAs assist the PPSG in developing and executing the annual PoW; managing stakeholder coordination and outreach, research and analysis, and administrative activities; and supporting task-specific working groups, if they are established.

Key Accomplishment

In India, Mexico, and South Africa, the 21st Century Power Partnership is bringing global experts together with governments, utilities, and regulators to facilitate increased renewables integration and the deployment of large-scale energy efficiency and smart grid solutions.


The specific goals of the Partnership include the following:

  • Developing and sharing knowledge on key topics related to the transformation of the electricity sector
  • Strengthening and disseminating technical tools to accelerate the transition to a more modern electricity sector
  • Bolstering the capacity of experts needed to advance the policies, programs, and practices required to transition toward a clean and efficient power sector
  • Applying the knowledge, tools, and capacity developed through this effort to improve national and subnational policies and regulations

For more information, view the CCUS Action Group activities page or fact sheet