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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]