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IEEFA Report: Three Timely Takeaways on 2016 Global Energy Transformation

IEEFA Report: Three Timely Takeaways on 2016 Global Energy Transformation

An Acceleration to Renewables, Faster-Than-Expected Shifts Regionally and Nationally, Growing Risk for Investors Who Lag Behind

Three notable takeaways emerge from the rapid transformation of the global energy economy, as we detail in a new paper we published today as the landmark Paris Agreement officially goes into effect. The global transition to renewables is accelerating. Change is happening faster than expected. Those left behind in this transition face growing financial risk. […]

November 5, 2016 Read More →

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On the Blogs: ‘Lack of Connection to a Centralized Grid Is a Feature of Distributed Technologies, Not a Bug’

Bloomberg View: More than a billion people worldwide live without reliable access to electricity. Providing them with power will require hundreds of billions of dollars of investment, vast deployment of technology, and adaptable business and financial market strategies. Much of the job can be done with power generation systems that are not connected to a […]

May 22, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Report: Three Timely Takeaways on 2016 Global Energy Transformation

IEEFA Report: Three Timely Takeaways on 2016 Global Energy Transformation

An Acceleration to Renewables, Faster-Than-Expected Shifts Regionally and Nationally, Growing Risk for Investors Who Lag Behind

Three notable takeaways emerge from the rapid transformation of the global energy economy, as we detail in a new paper we published today as the landmark Paris Agreement officially goes into effect. The global transition to renewables is accelerating. Change is happening faster than expected. Those left behind in this transition face growing financial risk. […]

November 5, 2016 Read More →

Botswana, Burned by New Chinese Coal-Fired Plant, Moves to Diversify Its Electricity Generation

Ana Monteiro for Bloomberg News: The southern African nation is working on alternative electricity sources after restricting supply as breakdowns and maintenance at its sole power plant, Morupule B, forced the facility to run at about a third of its capacity. The new 600-megawatt station, which was built by China National Electric Equipment Corp. and […]

July 21, 2016 Read More →
An Opening for a Better Energy Course in Egypt

An Opening for a Better Energy Course in Egypt

A New Study Suggests How Sound Energy Policy Can Help Modernize the Most Populous Country in the Mideast

“80 Gigawatts of Change,” an important new report commissioned by the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights and the Heinrich Böll Foundation offers some crucial and timely detail on how the most populous country in the Middle East might best manage its energy future. Egypt today has an electricity shortage—the country requires 30 gigawatts […]

March 31, 2016 Read More →

An Off-Grid Solar Bond Market Emerges in Africa

Anna Hirtenstein for Bloomberg News: Africa’s off-grid solar industry has been turned into an asset class for the first time, bundling contracts for thousands of the sun-powered rooftop electricity systems to sell as bonds. Dutch investor Oikocredit International and Persistent Energy Capital LLC, a New York-based merchant bank, jointly decided to try to replicate the […]

January 12, 2016 Read More →

$500M Dubai Investment in Ugandan Solar

Access Infra Africa, a Dubai-based company, will launch what it says will be Africa’s largest privately-owned solar plant in Uganda this year, part of plans to develop electricity projects in 17 African countries, mainly based on renewable energy. The company will spend $500 million in the next three years on power generation plants, including in […]

June 10, 2015 Read More →

Nuts and Bolts of Installing Solar in East India

From Bloomberg BusinessWeek “Changing mindsets is our biggest challenge. Villagers distrust solar solutions because they have been sold cheap products that don’t last long, or they’ve bought appliances and haven’t been taught to use them properly. We’ve had over 50 TV sets returned because people don’t know how to insert the DVDs. They just keep […]

June 9, 2015 Read More →

An Energy Revolution in East Africa

Tom Heap for the BBC: An energy revolution is taking place in East Africa as the price of solar technology tumbles and huge resources of geothermal steam beneath the Great Rift Valley start to be exploited, moves which have the potential to lift millions out of poverty and cut greenhouse gas emissions. Seven in 10 […]

June 5, 2015 Read More →