Clean Energy Policy News

22 November 2016
The European Investment Bank has confirmed plans to strengthen support for the Green for Growth Fund to enable new investment in small-scale energy efficiency and renewable energy projects across North Africa, in Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia, as well as in Lebanon, Jordan and the Palestinian Territories. Expanded geographic engagement of the specialist climate fund to the southern Mediterranean region will focus investment on projects that can generate high energy savings and significant carbon dioxide reduction in countries that have high levels of fossil fuel use, limited renewable energy and restricted implementation of energy efficiency schemes. Learn more.
22 November 2016
Bringing together European banks and UN funding, the new Sustainable Finance Collective Asia will offer capital and expert advice for sustainability projects. Learn more.
21 November 2016
Recognizing the importance of reducing carbon emission in the transportation sector, eight nations signed a Government Fleet Declaration on November 16, pledging to increase the share of electric vehicles in their government fleets and calling for other governments to join them. The declaration was announced at the Marrakech Climate Change Conference (COP22) and was developed under the aegis of the Clean Energy Ministerial’s Electric Vehicles Initiative. Learn more.
18 November 2016
The World Bank this week announced an additional grant of USD 22.93 million (EUR 21.6m) to support its grid-connected rooftop solar photovoltaic programme in India. The bank approved the overall USD 625 million programme, under which the State Bank of India on-lends funds to solar developers and end-users, earlier this year. The programme mainly supports commercial and industrial rooftop solar projects. Learn more.
16 November 2016
With the closing of the Allianz Renewable Energy Fund 2 (AREF2) on November 15, the fund reached a volume of € 350 million (about USD 375 million). The money will mainly be invested in existing European wind and solar plants on behalf of institutional investors, including insurance companies, pension funds, foundations, churches and family offices. Learn more.
15 November 2016
The Clean Energy Solutions Center welcomes four new experts to its growing Ask an Expert service roster. The experts are available to consult on topics ranging from renewable energy program development and energy policy to urban sustainability and solar soft costs. Learn more.
15 November 2016
Energy and water have always been closely intertwined. Water is essential for all phases of energy production, from fossil fuels to biofuels and power plants. Likewise, energy is critical to water supply, wastewater treatment and desalination. This critical nexus between water and energy is examined in the forthcoming World Energy Outlook 2016, the International Energy Agency’s flagship publication, which looks at how the complex interdependencies between water and energy will deepen in the next decades. Learn more.
14 November 2016
Though 2015 was a record year for renewables, another energy technology is making steady—but quiet—progress in limiting greenhouse gas emissions: energy efficiency. Learn more.
14 November 2016
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) have officially opened the fifth round of funding for renewable energy projects in developing countries. The funding round of approximately USD 50 million is part of ADFD’s USD 350 million (AED 1.285 billion) commitment offering concessional loans to renewable energy projects endorsed by IRENA. Learn more.
14 November 2016
Providing clean and affordable energy services to the more than 1 billion people globally who lack access to electricity is a critical driver for poverty reduction, economic development, improved health, and social outcomes. To address some of the challenges to providing safe, quality, and financially viable mini-grid power systems to remote customers, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) teamed with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to develop a Quality Assurance Framework (QAF) for isolated minigrids. Learn more.