Energy footprints grow with expenditure: the top 10% consume roughly 20 times more energy than the bottom 10%

A study published in Nature Energy shows that energy footprints grow with expenditure, and, as a consequence, are unequally distributed. Among all the countries and income classes in the study, the top 10% consume roughly 20 times more energy than the bottom 10%. Additionally, as income increases, people spend more of their money on energy-intensive goods, such as package holidays or …

Solar Minigrids Could Serve about Half of People in the World without Power: Report

July 2, 2020 By Ethan Howland, Microgrid Knowledge Minigrids can serve about half the people in the world — about 111 million households — who lack electricity by 2030 at a cost of $128 billion, although increased policy support is needed, according to a report. There are about 5,500 minigrids in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and small island nations, with some in Latin America, …

Yale360 articles on energy justice & democracy: Energy Justice Needed for Low-Income Households – Half of the third of households that struggle to pay utilities are black and 40 percent are Latinx

A series of Yale360 articles on energy justice and democracy Green Upgrade: How California Is Pioneering ‘Energy Justice’ JULY 30, 2018, by ​PATRICIA LEIGH BROWN Energy Equity: Bringing Solar Power to Low-Income Communities, APRIL 4, 2019, by MARIA GALLUCCI Bringing Energy Upgrades To the Nation’s Inner Cities, MAY 11, 2016, by DIANE TOOMEY Why Low-Income Households Need to Be Part of …

Ways to meet climate goals: the short list of climate actions that will work

September 29th, 2019 by Michael Barnard, Clean Technica   cleantechnica.com/2019/09/29/the-short-list-of-climate-actions-that-will-work/ I spend a lot of time critiquing solutions for low-carbon transformation, and that leads, inevitably, to people asking me: what works? What should we be doing? Most recently, that came in the form of a question on Quora that was well enough formed to trigger me to write down the solution set: “What exactly …

How Oakland’s Community Choice program is doing better for our community

https://twitter.com/LCEACleanEnergy/status/1159128633811722240  Oakland Clean Energy Initiative to Replace Dirty Jack London Square Power Plant. East Bay Community Energy embarks on a strategy to replace a dirty power plant that burns jet fuel with clean battery power. Jean Tepperman July 31, 2019 Photo by Paul Haggard. This Vistra Energy plant just west of Jack London Square will be shuttered. A new project in …

Clean Energy For The Last Mile: Customizing Delivery To Match Rural Customers’ Preferences

July 26th, 2019 by The Beam  Energy is vital to daily life, wherever you live. In rural sub-Saharan Africa, where three out of every four people lack access to electricity, energy poverty has real consequences for people’s livelihoods and well-being. Photo: Johanna Pinneo, Ripple Effect Images, Solar Sister The good news is that off-grid solutions are getting better: cheaper, longer-lasting, more environmentally-friendly. …

The Green New Deal is a chance to make clean energy accessible to all

BY EILLIE ANZILOTTI Fast Company, A GREEN NEW DEAL FOR BUSINESS, June 17, 2019 The Green New Deal is a chance to make clean energy accessible to all: Transitioning the U.S. economy from fossil fuels to 100% clean energy is a massive undertaking. But from an equity, economic, and environmental perspective, the opportunities far outweigh the costs. Late last year, California …

Schneider Electric Signs Agreement to Spur Minigrid Electrification in Nigeria

July 3, 2019 By Andrew BurgerLeave a Comment Schneider Electric recently signed an agreement with EM-ONE Energy Solutions, an engineering firm in Nigeria, with the aim of creating an industry ecosystem based on renewable energy-centered minigrids built or operated by community stakeholders. Local fruit market in Ondo, Nigeria. Photo by Jordi C/Shutterstock.com EM-ONE holds a contract to build 30 minigrids to power …

60% of Africa lacks access to electricity: Alternatives and coal trends

The lack of access to affordable, reliable energy is a barrier to development, whether that be powering autoclaves and centrifuges in rural clinics to improve health indicators or powering local agricultural processing to retain more of the value of production locally. The African Development Bank estimates that 645 million Africans, nearly 60% of the continent’s population, don’t have access to …

2019 is the year to embrace energy democracy – or face social and climate breakdown

The private sector has proved it can’t lead the transition to a low-carbon economy. It’s time for something new.  Market-focused policies have constrained the roll-out of renewables and other climate friendly solutions – which are restricted according to their ability to generate profit for private interests. And they have resulted in growing energy poverty. The missing link is energy democracy. Energy …