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Demand Response Will Double By 2020: Here's Why

July 29, 2014 by Jessica Kennedy

Future Demand Response

 

Keep an eye on the demand response industry over the next few decades. It's in a position to grow as fast as renewable energy, if not faster, and it will be a vital tool in the quest for reliable energy in developed and developing areas of the world alike.[read more]

Why VATs on Solar Energy Hinder Progress on Energy Poverty

July 28, 2014 by Justin Guay

Solar Taxes and Energy Poverty

What difference can a value added tax make to the lives of those living in energy poverty? A big one. Currently, many countries in sub-Saharan Africa apply a value added tax (VAT) to clean energy products like solar lanterns and solar home systems.[read more]

'Pay-As-You-Go' Solar Financing Hits New Milestone

July 24, 2014 by Justin Guay

Pay-As-You-Go Solar

From Pakistan to Kenya, anecdotal reports have been trickling in that pay-as-you-go solar finance -- the off-grid solar market's version of a "solar lease" -- is driving record sales. Now, we can add one more data point to add to the mounting evidence.[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]

Selling Solar in India Through the Lens of Google Glass

July 15, 2014 by Justin Guay

India Energy Poverty and Solar

Solar power is the key to ending energy poverty. No, this isn't some out-of-touch Silicon Valley pipe dream. Innovative companies are pioneering new energy models for rural populations that deliver everything from LED lightbulbs and Skinny Grids to off-grid Wi-Fi to pay-as-you-go solar home systems.[read more]

Calling on Congress to Help Low-Income Natural Gas Customers

June 15, 2014 by Christina Nyquist

Calling on Congress

Since 2010, funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has dropped by nearly $2 billion and the President’s budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 calls for just $2.8 billion – less than half of the $5.1 billion allocated in FY2010.[read more]

An Off-Grid Solar Energy Angels List?

June 6, 2014 by Justin Guay
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Finance, finance, finance. That's the number one obstacle between where our energy market currently is today and where we all need it to be: providing clean energy services for all 1.2 billion people currently without reliable energy access around the world.[read more]

Starved for Power, New Indian Government Translates "Chicken in Every Pot" Into “Solar on Every Roof”

May 24, 2014 by A Siegel
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New India Government and Energy Policy

Energy poverty is one of the world’s greatest challenges. There are billions of people without access to reliable electricity. In India, alone, there are some 400 million people in energy poverty. The new Indian government has set a major initiative to change this situation radically and rapidly.[read more]

Our High-Energy Planet

April 9, 2014 by Max Luke
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One billion people lack access to electricity, and billions more still burn wood and dung for their basic energy needs. Our High-Energy Planet, a new report from an international group of energy and environment scholars, outlines a radically new framework for meeting the energy needs of the global poor.[read more]

Tackling Energy Poverty with Renewables?

April 8, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Renewables and Energy Poverty

As economies and populations grow, standards of living improve for billions of people, and with it the need for energy continues to rise. Or as World Bank Group President Dr. Jim Yong Kim put it “energy is a critical part of boosting prosperity and eradicating poverty.”[read more]

LIHEAP Advocates Make Push For Greater Funding on Capitol Hill

March 31, 2014 by Lisa Dundon
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LIHEAP and Funding

Advocates from around the country descended upon Capitol Hill in support of funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The block grant program provides assistance to low and fixed-income individuals for fuel and utility bills, as well as weatherization and energy-related repairs.[read more]

New Orleans' Peak-Time Rebate a Strong Draw for Low-Income Customers

March 28, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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Peak-Time Rebate

No matter how much customer engagement is talked about, many utilities seem to have trouble interacting with low-income customers. But the results from one pilot funded by the DoE’s Smart Grid Investment Grants found one pricing plan enabled by smart meters was well received by low-income customers.[read more]

Norway's Investment Can Help End Energy Poverty

March 27, 2014 by Justin Guay
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Solar and Energy Poverty

Against the fervent protests of global coal lobbyists, Norway is considering divesting from coal while doubling down on investments in renewable energy and sustainable development internationally. These initiatives could unleash billions in investments in renewable energy around the globe.[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]

Solar Power in a Bottle

March 20, 2014 by Justin Guay
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Solar and Energy Poverty

 

There is no more innovative market than off-grid solar. From pay-as-you-go solutions to M2M technology, entrepreneurs are developing solutions tailored to the energy needs of the 1.3 billion people living in energy poverty around the world.[read more]