Accelerating Off-grid Renewable Energy: Key Findings and Recommendations from IOREC 2016

The business case for off-grid renewables as a means to expand rural electricity access keeps growing stronger, thanks to steady cost reductions and technological innovation. Yet further accelerating the growth of either mini-grid or stand-alone solutions will depend also on stable policies and regulations, along with dedicated funds and de-risking instruments for renewables. Technology and business innovation could cut the costs of renewable power generation for mini-grids by 60% in 20 years, according to this conference report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Yet around 600 million people are still…

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Goldman Sachs – The Low Carbon Economy

The Low Carbon Economy GS SUSTAIN equity investor’s guide to a low carbon world, 2015-25 We explore the low carbon economy, now a growing, $600 bn+ pa revenue opportunity. Between 2015 and 2020, solar PV and onshore wind will add more to global energy supply than US shale oil production did between 2010 and 2015. By 2020, six in ten lightbulbs will be LEDs; and our analysts expect carmakers to sell 25 million hybrid & electric vehicles by 2025, 10x more than today. We estimate that these technologies will save…

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World Energy Council Brings 7 New Realities In Energy To COP22 Negotiations In Marrakech

As a UN accredited body since 1953, the World Energy Council is recognised as a reliable source of thought leadership and information to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process, negotiating teams and stakeholders. To keep the momentum of the World Energy Congress and the Council’s thought leadership on embracing the new energy frontiers, the World Energy Council brought their 7 new realities messages launched during its World Energy Congress to the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) negotiations in Marrakech. The World Energy Council focused the…

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Energy and Air Pollution – World Energy Outlook Special Report

worldenergyoutlookspecialreport2016energyandairpollution INTERNATIONAL ENERGY AGENCY The International Energy Agency (IEA), an autonomous agency, was established in November 1974. Its primary mandate was – and is – two-fold: to promote energy security amongst its member countries through collective response to physical disruptions in oil supply, and provide authoritative research and analysis on ways to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for its 29 member countries and beyond. The IEA carries out a comprehensive programme of energy co-operation among its member countries, each of which is obliged to hold oil stocks equivalent to…

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The World Energy Trilemma report 2016

full-report_energy-trilemma-index-2016   ABOUT THE ENERGY TRILEMMA INDEX The World Energy Council’s definition of energy sustainability is based on three core dimensions: energy security, energy equity, and environmental sustainability. Balancing these three goals constitutes a ‘trilemma’ and is the basis for prosperity and competitiveness of individual countries. The World Energy Trilemma Index, prepared annually by the World Energy Council in partnership with global consultancy Oliver Wyman, along with the Global Risk Centre of its parent Marsh & McLennan Companies since 2010, is a comparative ranking of 125 countries’ energy systems. It…

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IEI Releases New Book on Key Trends Driving Change in the Electric Power Industry

Link to the new book on Key Trends   The Institute for Electric Innovation (IEI) released a new book today (6/14), Thought Leaders Speak Out: Key Trends Driving Change in the Electric Power Industry, featuring 12 essays by electric power company, technology, and policy thought leaders focused on the key trends driving the transformation of the electric power industry today. The book is the second volume of IEI’s Key Trends Driving Change in the Electric Power Industry series, with many of its essays drawn from IEI’s most recent Powering the…

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World Energy Trilemma | 2016

The latest report of the World Energy Council. World-Energy-Trilemma_full-report_2016_web ABOUT THE WORLD ENERGY COUNCIL The World Energy Council is the principal impartial network of energy leaders and practitioners promoting an affordable, stable and environmentally sensitive energy system for the greatest benefit of all. Formed in 1923, the Council is the UNaccredited global energy body, representing the entire energy spectrum, with over 3,000 member organisations in over 90 countries, drawn from governments, private and state corporations, academia, NGOs and energy stakeholders. We inform global, regional and national energy strategies by hosting…

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Sustainable Energy — without the hot air

Preface What’s this book about? I’m concerned about cutting UK emissions of twaddle – twaddle about sustainable energy. Everyone says getting off fossil fuels is important, and we’re all encouraged to “make a difference,” but many of the things that allegedly make a difference don’t add up. Twaddle emissions are high at the moment because people get emotional (for example about wind farms or nuclear power) and no-one talks about numbers. Or if they do mention numbers, they select them to sound big, to make an impression, and to score…

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Article: City-integrated renewable energy for urban sustainability

Since 2007, a greater percentage of the global population has been living in urban areas than in rural areas. Increased urbanization is expected to continue, with two-thirds of the world’s population projected to live in urban areas by 2050, a net urban influx of 2.5 billion people (1). Cities today are generally not equipped to address dramatic urban growth and strain on existing infrastructure in a sustainable way, especially with respect to their energy systems. To be sustainable, cities must themselves, or in the resources that they command, become low-carbon,…

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