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A Development-Savvy Climate Strategy for India

October 22, 2014 by Durwood Zaelke

India Development Strategy

During his first official visit to the U.S., India's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, met with President Obama, as well as with CEOs of top U.S. corporations, to encourage investment to support India's development goals, which include providing renewable energy for the 400 million citizens who lack access today.[read more]

Former Indian Minister for Rural Development Discusses India's 'Growth Imperative' and Energy Future

October 17, 2014 by Energy @ MIT
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India Growth and Planning

Former Indian Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh gave a talk at MIT entitled “The Growth Imperative: Plotting a Sustainable Energy Future for India.” Ramesh drew on his years of experience as a leader in the Indian government to discuss India's energy policies and plans.[read more]

Why Is The World Bank Failing On Energy Poverty?

October 14, 2014 by Justin Guay
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The World Bank and Energy Poverty

World Bank energy investments are categorically failing to end energy poverty. That's the stark finding of a new report released by Sierra Club and Oil Change International which measures how multilateral development banks fare on their efforts to end energy poverty.[read more]

Making the World a Better Place: One Megawatt at a Time

October 11, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

The challenges to achieving 100 percent renewable sources of power are numerous. Variability in available renewable sources of energy is one, but these are further exacerbated by the patchwork of policies from state to state all across the country.[read more]

Four Reasons Pay-As-You-Go Solar And Digital Financing Are Unlocking Energy Access For All

October 9, 2014 by Justin Guay

Solar Financing and Energy Access

Thanks to The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor's (CGAP) comprehensive new report, it's easy for those interested in the transformative potential of the PAYG market -- including investors and those looking to work in energy access -- to understand the nuts and bolts of this nascent market.[read more]

Identifying the Best Ways to Increase Energy Access

August 6, 2014 by Catherine Wolfram
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Increasing Energy Access

 

The Soccket – created by a US-based NGO and distributed around the developing world – allows kids to play soccer during the day and then use the kinetic energy from their balls to power a reading lamp at night. Seems great – helps kids study even if they don’t have electricity in their homes.[read more]

TiEcon Takes On Clean Energy For All

May 15, 2014 by Justin Guay

TiEcon and Clean Energy

 

The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) is a non-profit network of entrepreneurs and professionals headquartered in Silicon Valley. With interests in technology, innovation, and enterprise, a focus on supporting clean energy entrepreneurs and endeavors is a natural fit for these progressive leaders.[read more]

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Characterizing Energy Access, Climate Change, and Innovation

March 24, 2014 by Matthew Stepp

Energy Access, Climate, and Innovation

 

The United Nations recently declared the next ten years the “Decade of Sustainable Energy for All,” and there is perhaps no better way to kick off the decade than with a compelling discussion about how to actually reach this important goal.[read more]

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Making Clean Energy a Reality for All

March 10, 2014 by Matthew Stepp

Clean Energy Access

Climate change is a global problem that requires a solution at scale with its extensive nature. This is an unfortunate reality that is often overlooked in climate policy debates, which in the past few decades have been focused on national efforts to develop economic mechanisms to regulate carbon.[read more]

Why You Don't Need Fossil Fuel to Fight Poverty. (Clean Energy Does it Better!)

February 26, 2014 by Daniel Kammen
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Last year President Obama launched Power Africa, an initiative to double access to power in sub-Saharan Africa. In a parallel move, the House Foreign Affairs Committee leadership introduced the Electrify Africa Act to encourage access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa.[read more]

Reduce GHGs or Increase Energy Access?

February 3, 2014 by Roger Pielke, Jr.
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GHGs or Energy Access?

At the Center for Global Development Todd Moss and Ben Leo have a provocative analysis up about an obscure but consequential decision facing the US Congress. It has to do with a little-known US government agency called the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.[read more]

Mosaic, Mobile Phones, and Clean Energy Access

January 11, 2014 by Justin Guay

Mobile Phones and Clean Energy Access

 

Solar crowdfunder Mosaic, is the latest entrant into clean energy's next big market - off grid clean energy. Thanks to a top prize of $1 million from Verizon Powerful Answers Mosaic will be developing a mobile app, and expanding to international markets.[read more]

What Does Energy Inequality Look Like?

November 13, 2013 by Lindsay Wilson
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Energy Inequality

Improving energy access is one of the great challenges of our time. In 2011 the average American used 4,569 kWh of electricity in their home. In the same year the combined residential electricity use per capita of Brazil, India, China and the 21 other countries was 4,485 kWh.[read more]

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Will the World's Emerging Economies Shape the Future of the Electric Grid?

October 10, 2013 by Steven Collier
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Talk about “the future of the electric grid” has been focused on developed nations, where discussion of “smart grids” and advanced power systems are commonplace. That focus may be misplaced; the big markets driving the modern grid may emerge in the world’s developing economies.[read more]