IEA, IEA Wind, and IEA Wind Task 43

A brief history of the International Energy Agency (IEA)

The IEA is at the heart of global dialogue on energy, providing authoritative analysis, data, policy recommendations, and real-world solutions to help countries provide secure and sustainable energy for all.

The IEA was created in 1974 to help co-ordinate a collective response to major disruptions in the supply of oil. While oil security this remains a key aspect of our work, the IEA has evolved and expanded significantly since its foundation.

Taking an all-fuels, all-technology approach, the IEA advocates policies that enhance the reliability, affordability and sustainability of energy. It examines the full spectrum issues including renewables, oil, gas and coal supply and demand, energy efficiency, clean energy technologies, electricity systems and markets, access to energy, demand-side management, and much more.

Since 2015, the IEA has opened its doors to major emerging countries to expand its global impact, and deepen cooperation in energy security, data and statistics, energy policy analysis, energy efficiency, and the growing use of clean energy technologies.


The International Energy Agency Wind Technology Collaboration Programme (IEA Wind TCP) is an international co-operation that shares information and research activities to advance wind energy research, development and deployment in member countries. Formerly known as the Implementing Agreement for Co-operation in the Research, Development, and Deployment of Wind Energy Systems, the consortium operates under the auspices of the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Since its founding in 1977, the IEA Wind TCP has developed and deployed wind energy technology through vigorous national programs and co-operative international efforts. Participants exchange the latest information on their current and future activities and participate in selected IEA Wind TCP research tasks.

There are currently 26 contracting parties from 21 member countries, the Chinese Wind Energy Association (CWEA), the European Commission, and WindEurope (formerly the European Wind Energy Association) participating in the IEA Wind TCP. These member countries and organizations form a global network of researchers and policy experts focused on sharing the latest technology research and best practices to overcome specific barriers for wind energy deployment.

IEA Wind Executive Committee

IEA Wind Task 43

Task 43 is specifically focused on the issues of digitalization in wind energy. We are creating a community of experts that can help to understand and materialize the tremendous potential in the space.

IEA Wind Task 43 kickoff Meeting: Boulder, CO