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Coal Won’t Solve the Energy Poverty Problem

Coal Won’t Solve the Energy Poverty Problem

Times Have Changed; Old Electricity-Generation Models Don’t Work Anymore

Coal-fired electricity is no longer the economy builder its proponents say it is. Time was when coal in fact did contribute to growth in many economies, but times have changed. Today governments and private interests worldwide concede—even emphasize—the economic and environmental dysfunction of coal. We’ve just published an IEEFA Briefing Note (“Energy Poverty, Then and […]

March 3, 2016 Read More →
The World Bank’s Bad Energy-Policy Call in Kosovo

The World Bank’s Bad Energy-Policy Call in Kosovo

The Wrong Move at the Wrong Time for a Small Country in Eastern Europe

We’ve just published a study concluding that the proposed coal-fired New Kosovo Power Plant—if it’s built—would increase electricity prices by as much as 50 percent in Kosovo and damage the economy of the small country. The study, “The Proposed New Kosovo Power Plant: An Unnecessary Burden at an Unreasonable Price,” ( also see Albanian version) urges the […]

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World Bank Bets on Renewables Boom in India

Global Trade Review: The World Bank is to provide US$100mn in funding for renewable energy projects in India’s booming market. The development bank will provide US$98mn in debt to the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA), which will on-lend the money to states in India for solar projects. A further US$2mn will be available in […]

November 28, 2017 Read More →

‘World Bank Secretly Funded “Coal Boom” in Asia’

From Agence France Presse: The World Bank is indirectly financing a boom in some of Asia’s dirtiest coal-fired power generation despite commitments to end most funding for the sector, a development advocacy group charged yesterday. The power plants, which contribute to climate change and deforestation as well as premature deaths due to illness, are cropping […]

October 4, 2016 Read More →

World Bank Makes a Bet on India Solar Expansion

From Reuters: The World Bank said on Thursday it would lend India more than $1 billion for its huge solar energy programme, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought climate change funds from its visiting head. Modi is banking on India’s 300 days a year of sunshine to generate power and help fight climate change rather […]

June 30, 2016 Read More →
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Obstacles to Building Renewable Power in Kosovo Are Political, Not Technical

The Government of Kosovo, World Bank and Obama Administration Are Using Misleading Information to Attack Renewable Energy Potential; New Projects are Behind Schedule

Proponents of building a new coal-fired power plant in Kosovo have argued that the plant is needed because Kosovo has very limited ability to support a significant build out of wind and solar power resources. But a closer look at the situation shows that the obstacles to renewable energy development in Kosovo are more political […]

World Bank Approves $625m Loan for 400 MW of Rooftop Solar in India

By Plamena Tisheva for SeeNews: The World Bank Board on Friday approved a USD625m loan to support the installation of at least 400 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar PV systems in India. The board also approved a co-financing loan of USD 120m and a USD5 grant from Climate Investment Fund’s (CIF) Clean Technology Fund. Funds […]

May 17, 2016 Read More →

A Test Now for the Western Balkans: Adhere to the Past or Embrace a New Energy Economy?

Entrenched Interests Are Ignoring a Crucial Stepping-Stone Toward EU Membership 


Emerging still from the civil wars that followed the collapse of Yugoslavia a generation ago, the six countries of the Western Balkans today face an unprecedented energy-policy moment. The essential question facing Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro, and Serbia: Whether to adhere to a costly coal-fired electricity-generation past or embrace the new global energy […]

May 11, 2016 Read More →
Renewables Would Be a Far Cheaper Way to Power Kosovo Than What the World Bank Wants to Do
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Renewables Would Be a Far Cheaper Way to Power Kosovo Than What the World Bank Wants to Do

Research Shows Little Justification for a New Coal-Fired Project

A preponderance of evidence supports our view that renewable energy would be cheaper and cleaner than the proposed coal-fired New Kosovo Power Plant. Research we’ve looked at (including by Lazard, Agora Energiewinde, and the International Renewable Energy Agency) covers energy markets in well over 20 nations and makes clear that the cost of electricity generated […]

The New Kosovo Power Plant: An Unnecessary Burden at an Unreasonable Cost (Update)

The New Kosovo Power Plant: An Unnecessary Burden at an Unreasonable Cost (Update)

World Bank’s Estimates for Electricity Demand Are Well Off the Mark; Renewable Commitments and Energy-Efficiency Plans Render Proposed Coal-Fired Plant Redundant

Today we’re revisiting a report we issued several weeks ago questioning the economic viability of a proposed new coal-fired electricity plant in Kosovo. The project stands to damage the economy of the country but the World Bank, the U.S. State Department, USAID and the Treasury Department support the “New Kosovo Power Plant,” or NKPP, nonetheless. […]

April 25, 2016 Read More →
IEEFA Data Bite: Coal Dependency in Kosovo Is More Extreme Than in the World’s Biggest Coal-Burning Countries
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IEEFA Data Bite: Coal Dependency in Kosovo Is More Extreme Than in the World’s Biggest Coal-Burning Countries

The World Bank and the U.S. Government, by Supporting Expansion of a Status Quo Energy Model in the Balkans, Are Putting an Entire National Economy at Risk

Kosovo relied on coal for 97 percent of its electricity generation in 2013, according to the most recent data from the International Energy Agency, and its dependency hasn’t improved much (if at all) since then. Of the 12 biggest coal-burning countries in the world, none rely on it as intensely as Kosovo does. Only South […]

World Bank Says It Will Ramp Up Investments in Clean Energy

By Lalit K. Jha in The Wire:   The World Bank has unveiled an ambitious climate action plan that will help developing countries add 30 gigawatts of renewable energy, bring early warning systems to a hundred million people and develop climate-smart agriculture investment plans for at least 40 nations. The target for achieving this is 2020, […]

April 8, 2016 Read More →