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

October 4, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

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]

High-Energy Africa

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

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

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

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

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]

Energy and Environmental Relief for Emerging Nations

December 3, 2013 by Jim Baird

Energy Poverty and Countries at Risk

It will be far more productive in the long run for the developed countries to provide emerging nations with energy that mitigates the climate change problem than to pay them reparations that will, in the end, have a very limited remedial impact.[read more]

New Investment Index Set To Focus On Developing World

November 27, 2013 by Joshua Hill

In an effort to provide investors with up-to-date information necessary to reform outdated regulation and infrastructure, the Multilateral Investment Fund have conceived of a investment index to examine government policies and the level of investment in clean energy across Africa, Asia, and Latin America.[read more]

A Common Fallacy in the Energy and Climate Debate

September 10, 2013 by Schalk Cloete

Energy and Climate

Those participating in the energy and climate debate often approach the issues from a purely developed world point of view. As this article will illustrate, this type of thinking and approach can lead to dangerously incomplete conclusions.[read more]

Innovative Device Boils Water and Produces Electricity

April 21, 2013 by Tyler Hamilton

PowerPot at work

Power Practical, a company that sprang out of research from the University of Utah, has developed a pot that can charge wireless devices through a USB connection while boiling water.[read more]

Let Them Eat Solar Panels

December 18, 2012 by Breakthrough Institute

Imagine the United States sending low-calorie food aid to Ethiopia in response to the global obesity epidemic. Absurd, right? Even if global waistline trends are worrisome, Ethiopians didn't create the problem. Such a policy would be futile since it would have no noticeable impact on the global aggregate.Worse, while obesity may be a...[read more]