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Will Germany Join the International Community and Restrict Overseas Coal Finance?

"In New York, I will announce that the government will change its position on the financing of coal-fired power plants abroad." -- German Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendriks September 17th, 2014. This exciting statement could...

Posted September 22, 2014    

World Looks to OECD as High Level Commission Calls for Phasing Out Coal

Co-authored with Nicole Ghio, Sierra Club International Climate ProgramRecently, the high powered Global Commission on the Climate and Economy released its flagship report on global coal use and the economy: The New Climate Economy. The report...

Posted September 19, 2014    

China's Coal Imports Drop For The First Time Since Country Became Net Coal Importer

Co-authored by Lauri Myllyvirta, Greenpeace InternationalA recently published analysis compiled by Lauri Myllyvirta and Greenpeace International showed the unthinkable -- Chinese coal consumption fell for the first time this century in the first...

Posted September 12, 2014    

Are Mini-Grids The Next Big Opportunity Beyond The Grid?

Photo courtesy of DevergyBeyond the grid solar start-up Devergy believes the time has come for the next evolution in clean energy access markets: mini-grids. The mini-grid systems Devergy deploys are essentially many solar home systems connected...

Posted September 8, 2014    

Uncertainty, Rising Costs Cloud Indian Coal Sector After Landmark Supreme Court Rulings

India's coal bubble is perilously close to bursting. This week the Indian court system handed down three landmark energy rulings. While an ultimate decision still looms, the combined weight of these initial rulings reaffirms one thing -- it's...

Posted September 4, 2014    

Chinese Coal Consumption Just Fell For The First Time This Century

Co Authored by Lauri Myllyvirta, Greenpeace InternationalSources: Compiled from China National Bureau of Statistics and China National Coal Association statistical releases.There may be a light at the end of the long dark tunnel: It appears China's...

Posted August 19, 2014    

On the Contrary World Bank President Dr. Kim, Renewable Energy Is the Future

Photo credit: SELCO IndiaIn the 21st century, it's hard to take anyone seriously who thinks coal, not clean energy, is the future for dynamic, emerging economies. But that's exactly what Dr. Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, did this week...

Posted August 11, 2014    

The Next Frontier For Beyond the Grid Solar Markets: Big Data

When it comes to energy access, we're fond of saying small is big. That's because all those small scale solar lanterns, solar home systems, and solar mini-grids add up to a very big market. But the size of that market, and its social impact, could...

Posted August 6, 2014    

Four Things The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Can Do For Beyond the Grid Solar

All eyes will be on the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington with one question in mind -- will those gathered take steps to move investment beyond the grid? Just last week, Politico reported that former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg...

Posted August 4, 2014    

Why VATs on Solar Energy Hinder Progress on Energy Poverty

Co-authored by Vrinda Manglik, International Clean Energy Access, Sierra ClubPhoto courtesy of SolarAidWhat 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...

Posted July 28, 2014    

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

We've said it before and we'll say it again: pay-as-you-go solar is the future for those working beyond the grid. From Pakistan to Kenya, anecdotal reports have trickled in that pay-as-you-go solar finance -- the off-grid solar market's version of...

Posted July 24, 2014    

Selling Solar in India Through the Lens of Google Glass

Co-authored by Vrinda Manglik, Sierra Club, and Andrew Satter, Center for American Progress Solar power is the key to ending energy poverty. No, this isn't some out-of-touch Silicon Valley pipe dream. Innovative companies like Simpa Networks and...

Posted July 15, 2014