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 …

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 …