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Energy Sector News
MES 2014 Symposium Innovating Energy Access for Remote Areas: Discovering Untapped Resources
The MES 2014 Symposium Innovating Energy Access for Remote Areas: Discovering Untapped Resources at UC Berkeley on April 10 – 12, 2014 is getting closer. The deadline for the submission of papers is January 31, 2014. Please take a look at the Call for Papers.
Mass Dissemination of Domestic Bio Digesters in Developing Countries – University of Oldenburg Workshop
The University of Oldenburg's Postgraduate Programme Renewable Energy will be holding the 8th international Biogas Compact Workshop on "Mass Dissemination of Domestic Bio Digesters in Developing Countries" from April 7-11, 2014. The workshop will address technology, mass dissemination, clean development mechanisms and economy of domestic biogas systems for developing countries. The focus will be on small-scale digesters for developing countries, typically run by farmers in rural areas. Participants will meet with the international experts from the Alumni Seminar "Water, Energy and Sanitation in Urban and Decentralized Regions". The programmes offers various opportunities to have intensive exchange with lecturers and international participants.
Less Firewood, Better Air: Lydias' Story
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is promoting success stories and individual cases on its homepage. One of the stories covered is that of Lydia Kimani a stove installer engaged in disseminating energy efficient stoves in rural Kenya. Many Kenyans living in rural areas use energy inefficient cooking stoves. Commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, GIZ is making the energy efficient stoves available to seven million Kenyans. Energising Development (EnDev) works on promoting new, more efficient stoves by training Kenyans to produce, sell and install them. Lydia Kimani, a beneficiary of this program now has not only become a producer and installer but also a trainer herself. She works at convincing ordinary Kenyans on the advantages of using more efficient stoves including the health benefits, time saving and lessening deforestation. Mrs Kimani describes this as a win-win situation since both promoters and users of improved stoves can benefit. While the new stoves amortize within a year, users can enjoy the advantages of improved stoves now and in the future. Mrs Kimani is fully convinced of the success of the project and is keen on convincing more people to participate.
‘Thirsty Energy’ Initiative Launched by World Bank
The World Bank has launched the 'Thirsty Energy' initiative in response to interlinked water and energy challenges, including growing competition for energy and water resources by an expanding global population, and increasing uncertainty caused by climate change.
The initiative aims to aid governments in: identifying synergies and quantifying trade-offs between energy development plans and water use; piloting cross-sectoral planning to ensure sustainability of energy and water investments; and designing assessment tools and management frameworks to help governments coordinate decision-making. The goal of the initiative is to support integrated investment decision and planning by governments to mitigate water-energy related risks.
Indian Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Policy Database Launched
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), in collaboration under the U.S.-India Energy Dialogue and the Clean Energy Ministerial, have developed an online database that provides summaries of central and state government renewable energy and energy efficiency policies. The Indian Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Policy Database (IREEED), modeled on the U.S. Database of Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE), includes:
- Summaries of policies, regulations, and incentive programs for the central government and all states in India
- Faceted search function
- Links to policy and regulatory documentation
- Links to resources on energy efficiency and renewable energy
- Summary information on the most pertinent policy types, including Generation-Based Incentives and Renewable Purchase Obligations.
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New Energy Publications
10 Questions to Ask About Scaling On-Grid Renewable Energy
The working paper 10 Questions to Ask about Scaling On-Grid Renewable Energy is part of the 10 Questions to Ask Series, an initiative of the World Resources Institute’s (WRI) Electricity Governance Initiative (EGI) and Prayas, Energy Group. The framework paper focuses on large-scale renewable energy projects that are not on the customer’s side of the meter, but are connected directly to the grid. This framework can be useful in all stages of the scale-up process, including planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. It identifies 10 key elements that are fundamental to integrating RE into options for generating electricity. Each element is presented as a question that can be explored by decision makers and stakeholders in their own context. Stakeholders can use the paper to create a common vision and research agenda. Policymakers can use it to guide inter-agency cooperation or to convene technical working groups. Project developers and civil society groups can use it to prepare for public hearings. The framework can also be adapted to develop a road map for reaching specific RE technology targets.
Finance Mechanisms for Lowering the Cost of Renewable Energy in Rapidly Developing Countries
In this new brief from the Climate Policy Initiative, the authors show how two policy solutions could reduce the cost of renewable energy in many emerging economies (including India), by up to 30% while maintaining project developer returns. These are:
- Reduce the cost of using debt sourced from the developed world: Index renewable energy tariffs to foreign currency, in so doing eliminate the currency hedging costs that are responsible for the largest share of the difference between developed world and rapidly emerging country debt costs.
- Improve the cost-effectiveness of domestic renewable energy support programs: Provide lower-cost debt through debt concession programs, which our research shows could lower the total cost of providing required support.
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REmap 2030 – A Renewable Energy Roadmap: Summary of Findings
REmap 2030 – A Renewable Energy Roadmap: Summary of Findings published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)is a roadmap to double the share of renewable energy by 2030. It is the first study of global renewable energy potential to be based on data from official governmental sources. The roadmap encompasses 26 countries representing more than three-quarters of current energy demand. In determining the potential to scale up renewables, the study not only focuses on technologies, but also on the availability of financing, political will, skills, and the role of planning. Some of the key findings include:
- The global renewable energy share can reach and exceed 30% by 2030.
- Transitioning towards renewable energy is possible at negligible additional costs and when socio-economic benefits are taken into account, the result is a net savings.
- Renewables growth needs to take place across all four sectors of energy use: buildings, transport, industry, and electricity.
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Achieving Inclusive Competitiveness in the Emerging Solar Energy Sector in Morocco
This new study from the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) explores what Morocco can gain from renewable energy projects and which policies are appropriate to maximize their development effects. Morocco provides an interesting case to examine, as the country currently imports more than 95% of its energy, and its energy demand is expected to triple by 2030. This dependence on imports provides a strong incentive for exploiting local renewable energy sources. Moreover, Morocco suffers from high unemployment and therefore needs to link new investments to job creation; but so far, its level of industrial development and competitiveness are low.
To respond to these challenges, the Moroccan government has engaged in an ambitious process of developing the renewable energy industry. What distinguishes Morocco from neighboring countries is its commitment to linking solar and wind electricity generation projects to industrial development, employment generation and competitiveness more generally. At the same time, the potential for green electricity exports to Europe, facilitated by Morocco’s proximity to Spain, offers unique market opportunities. The efforts made by Morocco’s government to maintain political stability in times of turmoil across the MENA region reinforce Morocco as a potential upcoming market for solar and wind energy, as the huge investment in the first large-scale renewable energy projects show. The DIE study shows how a strategic combination of complementary policies for supplier development, training, finance and technological learning could contribute to positioning Morocco as a regional and global player in the renewable energy sector.
International Experience with open Access to Power Grids
The report from the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) focuses on open access to the power grid which is an essential element of introducing competition to electricity markets and increasing their efficiency. Open access refers to the possibility for any party selling or buying electricity, for a cost-reflective fee and subject to transparently defined system security constraints, to connect to and make use of transmission and distribution systems, regardless of who owns and operates the power grid. The study has proceeded on two tracks: one based on empirical findings from specific country cases, and a generic one synthesizing the emerging global issues in open access. Efficient and reliable electricity supply is a key driver of economic growth. In recent decades, many developing and emerging economies have embarked on efforts to enhance the efficiency of their electricity markets. The quest for efficiency often involves structural reforms, such as unbundling and other measures designed to support greater competition in the power sector. Open access to transmission and distribution grids by market participants is an essential element in this reform process.The experience from a number of countries has been reviewed from this perspective—including Brazil, Peru, Turkey, India and the Philippines, along with the key elements of the open access models applied in the United States and countries of the European Union.
- 2nd Virtual Roundtable Incubating Innovation for Rural Electrification, 30 January 2014
- Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture, 3-5 February 2014
- Developing a Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) on Efficient Lighting - Webinar, 5 February 2014
- 14th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, 5-8 February 2014
- Getting Building Codes Right: Implementation and Enforcement - Webinar, 10 February 2014
- Africa-EU Energy Partnership, 12-13 February 2014
- 4th International Conference on “Climate Change and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources”, 12-14 February 2014
- Carbon Monitoring in CDM Afforestation/Reforestation Projects - e-Course, 17 February 2014
- Africa Energy Indaba, 18-20 February 2014
- 3rd Triennial International Workshop on Sustainable Energy for All: Transforming Commitments to Action, 22-24 February 2014
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