Welcome Hector to the Energypedia Team
We are delighted to welcome our new intern Hector Alfaro. Hector graduated from the Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg with a Masters in International Business Studies. His thesis was titled “Online mapping platforms as drivers of social change - using web 2.0 tools through crowdsourcing”. Hector will support Energypedia with developing the energypedia platform further, including building up the Spanish section of energypedia.
- You can contact Hector if you have any questions or contributions for energypedia.
Energy Sector News
How to Shape Future Africa-EU Relations in the Energy Sector
More than 450 African and European political and business leaders, high-level experts and heads of international energy institutions gathered in Addis Ababa from 11-13 February 2014 to discuss how to shape future Africa-EU relations in the energy sector.
During the closing session of the Ministerial Segment participants approved the “Addis Ababa Communiqué", which defines the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP)’s priorities and vision for African-European collaboration on energy affairs. The Communiqué contains nine recommendations for accelerating access to sustainable energy on both continents and achieving the AEEP Targets, as well as four key messages to be forwarded to African and EU Heads of State and Government at the EU-Africa Summit in April 2014.
The Second High-Level Meeting of the AEEP was jointly hosted by the Ethiopian Government, the Governments of Austria, Germany and Mauritius, and the African and European Co-Chairs of the AEEP: the African Union Commission (AUC) and the European Commission.
- The summary of the meeting is now available here.
Register now for the Terra Watt Prize
National Geographic recently launched a challenge competition called the Terra Watt Prize to support entrepreneurs and investors in the quest to bring basic access to electricity to people worldwide. Two winners will receive grants in the amount of 125.000 USD to implement demonstration projects providing energy solutions to off-grid communities. The deadline to register is February 28, 2014, and applications are due April 15, 2014. The winners will be announced in June 2014.
Clean Cooking Loan Fund Launched
The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, the Gold Standard Foundation and Nexus Carbon For Development have announced their collaboration to create a 'Clean Cooking Loan Fund,' which aims to leverage private sector investments into clean cooking technologies.
The new fund aims to boost commercial investment in the market for clean cookstoves, the absence of which has to date been a barrier to market development for entrepreneurs and others. Specifically, while clean cookstove projects would normally qualify for as carbon offset projects, the certification process and lag time of up to two years before revenues from such projects are seen makes them impossible for many entrepreneurs to access. The fund is specifically designed to address this problem and to take on the financial risks associated with the carbon process by offering a loan to project developers.
Initially the fund is being financed with 290.000 USD from the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, with an additional one million USD in donor funding currently being sought.
New Energy Publications
Status Report of Renewable Energy in India
The ‘Renewable Energies’ sub-group of the Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF) has published a report on the current status of renewable energies in India. The report describes India’s national and state policy framework and provides insights into new policy developments for wind, solar PV, bio energy and small hydropower. The report provides a state-wide overview of installed capacities and government incentive schemes and covers some of the challenges and opportunities for the deployment of renewable energies.
- The report can be downloaded here.
World Economic Forum Launches Report on Climate Adaptation
The World Economic Forum (WEF) released their report "Climate Adaptation: Seizing the Challenge" at Davos last week. The report was co-authored by the Global Adaptation Institute (now Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index). It captures some of the latest thinking in the field of climate adaptation, vulnerability and readiness metrics, and financing, with the goal of assisting decision-makers in the public and private sectors to unlock global adaptation solutions in the corporate and development community.
- Download the full report here.
World Report on Small Hydropower
The International Centre on Small Hydro Power (ICSHP) together with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) have just completed the first World Small Hydropower Development Report 2013. Viewers can explore information of 20 regions and 140 countries or territories, with information on the electricity sector, renewable energy policy and the small hydropower sector (installed and potential capacity).
- You can access the report here.
Draft Report on Indicators for Sustainable Development
The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) presented their new draft report "Indicators for Sustainable Development Goals" for public consultation. The report gives a framework of 100 indicators for post-2105, including several indicators for carbon emissions, energy, and climate-related resource management. The indicators are based on the 10 goals and 30 targets presented in the Action Agenda for Sustainable Development. This report is at an early stage. The SDSN seeks comments by the public in order to improve and complete the proposed indicator framework.
- The report can be downloaded here.
The Status of CDM in Africa
A new JIKO policy paper analyses the current status of the African carbon market. The paper first undertakes a quantitative analysis of the African CDM pipeline and then looks at the current status of support measures for the CDM in Africa. Subsequently, the paper sheds some light on the buyer’s perspective and findings from a quantitative analysis and telephone interviews with representatives of different buyer organisations active on the African carbon market are presented.
- You can download the paper here.
Study on Micro-grids for Rural Electrification
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and University of California Berkeley, together with the United Nations Foundation’s Energy Access Practitioner Network, have released a new study evaluating the contribution of micro-grids to electrification in a range of developing countries. “Micro-grids for Rural Electrification: A critical review of best practices based on seven case studies” evaluates a range of micro-grid applications in rural communities, drawing from the experience of several countries in Asia and the Caribbean.
- The study is available for download here.
- Green Economy after Rio+20 – Progress and Prospects, 4-5 March 2014
- Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-4), 10-14 March 2014
- Green & Social: Managing Synergies and Trade-offs, 12-13 March 2014
- International Standards in Support of Policies for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Workshop, 13 March 2014
- Green Energy for Sustainable Development, 19-21 March 2014
- 5th World Summit for Small Wind, 20-22 March 2014
- Power Purchase Agreement, 25-28 March 2014
- Africa Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, 27-29 March 2014
- 7th Energy Storage World Forum, 1-3 April 2014
- The Future of Energy Summit, 7-9 April 2014
- Innovating Energy Access for Remote Areas: Discovering Untapped Resources, University of California, Berkeley, 10-12 April 2014
- 8th German-African Energy Forum, 13-15 April 2014
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