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US Financial Support of Green Climate Fund is in America's Interest

November 26, 2014 by Jake Schmidt
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Benefits of the Green Climate Fund

The U.S. and other countries have pledged resources to help the Green Climate Fund spur emissions reductions in developing countries and assist the most vulnerable in adapting to the impacts of climate change. The U.S. pledge of $3 billion is a serious commitment to helping achieve a climate agreement next year.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'The West Will Have to Recognize we Have the Needs of the Poor'

November 22, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Energy Development and Energy Poverty

Notoriously complex global energy issues encompass science, economics, politics, the environment, demographics and social dynamics. One of the most stubborn problems is finding a way to simultaneously address energy poverty while reducing global carbon dioxide emissions.[read more]

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Launching a New Way to Explore Energy and Human Development

November 11, 2014 by Yael Borofsky
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Energy for Human Development

Opportunities for innovation in economic growth are expanding in Africa, India, and southeast Asia while the conversation in the west is often stagnated around simple lighting solutions that address the most urgently poor customers, but not the underlying opportunities for sustainable power sector development.[read more]

Move Over World Bank: Bilateral Institutions Lead Investment Beyond the Grid

November 11, 2014 by Justin Guay

Development and Energy Investment

The Sierra Club and Oil Change International recently released an assessment of multilateral development banks' investment beyond the grid, and the findings aren't good. While investments are continuing to flow into beyond the grid clean energy markets, most public institutions are missing in action.[read more]

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Renewables Now Cheaper Than Fossil Fuels In Developing Countries

November 6, 2014 by Silvio Marcacci
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Developing Countries and Cheap Fuel Choices

Cost differences between renewables and fossil fuels have traditionally guided new renewable energy additions, especially in developing countries. Market economics often made new fossil fuel generation cheaper – a dangerous choice considering climate change. But those days are ending.[read more]

Energy Use of a 100-Watt Light Bulb per Year by Source

October 4, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Home Lighting and Energy Use

With significant future projected power demand and over a billion people without proper access to electricity, major power generation investment will be required to liberate people from darkness and ultimately increase the untapped productivity of a swath of the population in respective developing countries.[read more]

Do Smart Phones Hold Key to Reducing Energy Poverty in Developing Countries?

September 25, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Technology and Energy Development

The energy industry like no other affects economic livelihood, societal texture, and quality of life at the same time. Computers, mobile tech, and other electronic products are the linchpins of broadening economic and social progress in the 21st century. All these products increase power demand multifold.[read more]

How the US-Africa Summit Can Catalyze Africa's Rise

August 5, 2014 by Alex Trembath

US-Africa Summit and Future Planning

When African heads of states meet for the US-Africa Leaders Summit the challenge of raising millions of Africans out of energy poverty is poised to take center stage. Adding to this conversation are the Electrify and Energize Africa Acts, legislation being moved through the House and Senate, respectively.[read more]

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Africa and Energy Development

Six of the best performing economies have come from Africa in the past six years, but energy poverty continues to be a significant barrier for development goals. Sub-Saharan Africa will need to power its factories, hospitals, schools, and other foundational infrastructure with cheap and reliable sources of electricity.[read more]

The Low-Energy Club

July 2, 2014 by Alex Trembath
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Electricity Demand and Usage

There has been a growing consensus that the rest of the world will follow the West in living modern lives complete with modern infrastructure, industry, and development. The question is now how much more energy they will consume and how much will come from low-carbon sources.[read more]

Opinion: Why Obama's 'Clean Power' Plan May Prove Counterproductive for 2015 Global Climate Agreement

June 18, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Obama's Power Plan and International Agreements

What do Obama's proposed emissions rules suggest to China, India, and other emerging economic powerhouses around the world? At this stage, most of those countries can ill-afford nor are willing to unnecessarily constrain their growth trajectories.[read more]

Four Lessons Pakistan's Off-Grid Solar Market Can Teach the World

June 18, 2014 by Justin Guay
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Pakistan Off-Grid Solar

When it comes to off-grid solar, the South Asian countries you normally hear about are India and Bangladesh. One is home to the largest potential market in the world, the other is the world's most successful and booming market to date. But the elephant in the room is Pakistan.[read more]

Why We Need CCS, Part 3: Coal

June 10, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Coal Consumption and CSS

 

While one of the most hated commodities on earth, coal is the world's most rapidly growing energy source over the course of the 21st century. Given the growth ambitions of the developing world, this trend is set to continue, creating an even greater need for a rapid CCS rollout over coming decades.[read more]

New Global Fund to Help Combat Climate Change Open for Business

May 26, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

The Board of the Green Climate Fund – the new multilateral fund to support developing countries in efforts to address climate change – finalized its overarching business model so that countries can begin to direct resources through the fund.[read more]

5 Countries You (Probably) Didn't Know Were Going Solar

December 25, 2013 by Jeremy Gottlieb

Going Solar

Solar energy has the power to change lives. In developing countries around the world, solar panels are offering a way to provide off-grid villages with clean electricity to drastically improve the quality of life among their inhabitants.[read more]