Clean Energy Policy News

19 July 2017
Connecticut's public-private partnership to provide funds for clean energy projects has won an innovation award from Harvard University. The Connecticut Green Bank will receive the award later this summer during a ceremony in Hartford. Bank officials say they have secured $6 in private funds for every public dollar invested, helping fund more than 20,000 projects. Learn more.
19 July 2017
India's top builders have pledged to make at least a fifth of their new housing developments sustainable by 2022, as the country looks to tap sectors other than renewable energy to meet its ambitious climate goals. Learn more.
18 July 2017
Energy experts of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) validated and adopted the ECOWAS Directive on Gender Assessments in Energy Projects, during a three-day workshop held from 26 to 28 June 2017 in Accra, Ghana. A groundbreaking achievement for the advancement of women’s human rights in energy development, the Directive aims to ensure that vulnerable and marginalized persons are not excluded as participants in and beneficiaries of energy infrastructure development. Learn more.
18 July 2017
China, the world’s biggest investor in clean energy, is on pace to install record amounts of new solar this year after adding 24 gigawatts of capacity in the first half amid a push by policymakers to locate electricity production near the point where it’s used. Learn more.
18 July 2017
Green bonds issued by Indian companies are gathering pace as the country’s ambitious target for renewable energy fuels interest from investors. Learn more.
10 July 2017
Sweden’s Ambassador to Zambia has signed four contracts with companies offering a variety of rural energy solutions, marking the start of operations of the Power Africa: Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia. The fund, which is financed by the Swedish International Development Agency and managed by the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership, aims to bring modern energy to one million Zambians and build a foundation for continuing growth of the market. Learn more.
6 July 2017
In this update, IISD reports on the “longest” and the “largest” green bonds issued to date, as well as a wide spectrum of developments on established and emerging mitigation financing models. Learn more.
6 July 2017
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has launched a new framework aiming to help Romanian households invest in energy efficiency, renewable energy and water-saving solutions. Solar PV is also part of the framework, which is the first serious effort to support the development of rooftop PV in the country. Learn more.
4 July 2017
As part of the NOOR multi-site and multi-technology solar power project whose total capacity is expected to reach 600–800 MW, has secured $25 million in funding from the Climate Investment Funds’ Clean Technology Fund. Learn more.
3 July 2017
The global financing market for energy-efficiency projects faces many hurdles, including asymmetric distribution of information, absence of standardized financing instruments, misinformation about potential obstacles and a lack of risk insurance. Now, a small team at IDB is targeting bringing multiple actors in the same arena to solve these issues via standardized contracts, risk insurance and third-party audits in Latin America. Learn more.