Clean Energy Policy News
16 July 2013
Recent statistics from the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) show that Europe's offshore wind industry is healthier than it was last year, with twice as many offshore turbine installations. Learn more.
13 July 2013
Eskom, South Africa’s national electricity provider, is investing for the first time in utility-scale renewable energy. The Renewables Support Programme, worth $1.3 billion, will see Eskom develop the first commercial-scale wind farm in the country and one of the world’s largest concentrating solar power plants. Each of these projects will add 100 megawatts to the grid. The projects were approved as the “best approach” to meeting South Africa’s goal of shifting the balance of its energy mix to 42% clean energy while reducing its carbon emissions. Learn more.
12 July 2013
This article discusses the prospects of using solar energy technologies to overcome humanitarian problems in developing countries and regions. It highlights initiatives and organizations, including the Solar Electric Light Fund SELF), NRG Energy, ENERSA, and Everybody Solar, which strive to provide electricity to energy poor areas using solar technologies. Solar is used to provide basic needs, such as refrigeration and water pumps, to help improve the standard of living Learn more.
12 July 2013
A recent blog post discusses regulatory and policy challenges facing energy access efforts. It focuses on issues discussed at the eighth annual Asia Clean Energy Forum, including that subsidies for fossil fuels or grid-provided electricity need to be addressed to level the playing field for clean energy access; streamlined, standardized product certification could boost consumer confidence in clean energy options; and clear planning on grid extension could reduce risk to energy access enterprises and investors; transparent, easy-to-administer end-user financing could help. Learn more.
3 July 2013
Energy efficiency took center stage last week when President Obama announced a series of steps the administration will be taking to address climate change. From increasing fuel economy standards on heavy duty vehicles to making commercial and industrial buildings 20% more efficient by 2020, it is gratifying to see energy efficiency have such a prominent role. The administration is taking some good steps in the right direction, but is the nation really embracing energy efficiency? Has the United States made progress compared to last year? Are they on track to achieve their energy efficiency potential? Learn more.
3 July 2013
The 70th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers—21 June 2013 in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire—considered and adopted the ECOWAS Policies on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, as well as the ECOWAS Small-Scale Hydro Power Programme and the ECOWAS Bio-energy Strategy. This followed the adoption of the report of the 11th Meeting of ECOWAS Energy Ministers, which was presented by the Honourable Oluniyi Robbin-Coker, Minister of Energy and Water Resources of the Republic of Sierra Leone. The regional RE&EE policies have been recommended to the Authority of Heads of State and Government for adoption. The regional policies represent a voluntary contribution of ECOWAS to the attainment of the SE4ALL targets in West Africa. Learn more.
2 July 2013
The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) has released a report summarizing key outcomes from the six public-private roundtables that were held as part of the recent fourth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM4) in Delhi. Learn more.
20 June 2013
The International Energy Agency's Energy Technology Perspectives program recently released the 2013 installment of its Tracking Clean Energy Progress 2013 report. The report is the IEA's official input to the Clean Energy Ministerial. It covers the progress that has been made to develop and deploy clean energy technologies compared to the target's in the IEA's 2 degree climate scenario. The lead authors will hold a webinar today to present the report findings. Learn more.
14 June 2013
The United States Department of Energy has moved the location of the Solar Decathlon this year to Irvine, California rather than it's usual spot on the National Mall. However, the location is not the focus. Twenty-two teams from around the world compete for awards in ten different categories based on affordability and livability. This year's decathlon will also host the XPO, an expo that features and innovation, competitors, and transportation Sun Shot pavilions, and an ideas symposium and classroom among other events and features. Learn more.
3 June 2013
Global Tracking Framework is a multi-agency effort led by the IEA and the World Bank that calculates a baseline against which the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative can track it's progress. The Global Tracking Framework estimates that, as of 2010, 17% of the global population did not have access to electricity while 41% still relied on wood or other biomass to cook and heat their homes. Renewable energy accounted for 18% of the global energy mix in 2010, while global energy efficiency had improved by 1.3% per year on average since 1990. Learn more.