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 …

How to Keep Africa’s Minigrids from Becoming a Bridge to Nowhere

How to Keep Africa’s Minigrids from Becoming a Bridge to Nowhere, by Elisa Wood  in Microgrid Knowledge January 21, 2019  A push is on to bring electricity to the nearly one billion people who lack it worldwide. But if you build it will they come? Apparently not, as some minigrid developers are finding in Sub-Saharan Africa. By Serg64/Shutterstock.com Electricity does little good …

4 Ways to Shift from Fossil Fuels to Clean Energy

4 Ways to Shift from Fossil Fuels to Clean Energy, by Jan Corfee-Morlot, Michael Westphal and Rachel Spiegel. WRI, January 15, 2019  The world is vastly underestimating the benefits of acting on climate change. Recent research from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate finds that bold climate action could deliver at least $26 trillion in economic benefits through 2030. This groundbreaking research, produced by the …

Energy Democracy Scorecard

REGENERATIVE ENERGY SYSTEMS Key Principles: Renewable (source), De-commodified (use v. exchange), Sustainable (eco-focused), Resilient (distributed), Shared (commons/ownership) Category Data Source Extractive (0) Transactional (1) Transitional (2) Energy Democracy (3) Renewable Energy Generation System Ask to see your City’s Energy Portfolio Achieved by buying and selling RECs, control maintained by utilities 80% of renewable energy on grid is through RECs, with …

Kenya plans how to get to last 25% without energy in the next 3 years, with renewables

January 15th, 2019 by Jake Richardson on Clean Technica: Kenyan Electrification Plan Could Achieve Universal Access By 2022 Approximately 75% of Kenyans have access to electricity from grid and off-grid sources, according to the World Bank, but the Kenyan government wants to increase that to 100% by 2022. The Kenya National Electrification Strategy (KNES) references mini-grids, independent solar power plants, and off-grid technology as …

People’s Platform for Energy Transition and Climate Policy Equity Framework

V I S I O N The people of Colorado want a state powered entirely by renewable energy, woven together by accessible public transit, in which the jobs and opportunities of this transition are designed to systematically eliminate economic, racial and gender inequality. We know that the time for this great transition is short. We are living in a country, …

500 million of the 1.2 billion people who have gained electricity access globally since 2000 live in India, and this is helping attain other humanitarian goals and SDGs

7 November 2017, by William Brent, Director, Communications, Media and Content, Power for All India’s success in rapidly increasing access to electricity for the poor, shows that access to electricity (SDG 7) also enables many services that contribute to achieving other SDGs. Access to electricity has supported progress towards SDG 3 (Health and wellbeing); SDG 5 (Gender equality); SDG 6 (Clean …

The 2018 Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP) finalists in the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME), Nonprofit categories have just been announced

28 October 2017 by Zachary Shahan on Clean Technica The 2018 Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP) finalists in the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME), Nonprofit, and Global High Schools categories have just been announced. The next step in the ZFEP evaluation process is that the ZFEP Jury, led by Ólafur Grímsson, the 5th President of the Republic of Iceland, will debate the merits and limitations of …

IEA: Universal energy access by 2030 compatible with meeting global climate goals

October 20th, 2017 by Joshua S Hill, Clean Technica, International Energy Agency (IEA) published its new Energy Access Outlook: from Poverty to Prosperity  A new analysis from the International Energy Agency has found that the most cost-effective strategy for bringing universal energy access to developing countries is also compatible with meeting global climate goals. The International Energy Agency (IEA) published its new Energy Access Outlook: …

Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project, first solar farm on tribal land, is now online

Originally published on Solar Love and in the Santa Fe New Mexican, 22 March 2017 On March 16th, the first solar farm on tribal land in the US was activated. The 250 megawatt Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project, located on the 112 square mile Moapa River Indian Reservation about 30 miles north of Las Vegas, contains more than 3.2 million solar panels covering …