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Issue 67

Decentralised Energy and Climate Change


Globally 1.4 billion people lack access to electricity. This is almost a fifth of the world’s population. But energy demand is rapidly increasing, driven by economic
growth and a growing population. Consequently an increase of greenhouse gas emissions leads to climate change- a continuing challenge for human development. Decentralised renewable energy offers an ideal platform to leave behind fossil fuel based energy production and address some of the challenges posed by climate change. The link between decentralised energy and climate change must be explored in order to understand these twin sustainable development challenges and the need to prioritise these issues at the global scale.

As the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are redefined with important focus on energy access and climate change, this issue of Boiling Point seeks practical insights into best practices and learnings from practitioners who bring the challenges and opportunities to light, with the hope of moving towards a prosperous, low carbon future.

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Table of Contents

Theme Articles

Catalysing decentralised renewable energy market transformation: The Bijli experience

Authors: Jarnail Singh
This article presents the experiences from Bijli-Clean Energy for All initiative that has demonstrated the use of grants to catalyse financial and institutional innovation among existing... [more]

Modern design principles for investable village power projects

Authors: Stewart Alexander Craine
Article exploring Nepal's current energy subsidy policies as compared to mini-grid costs.

Aggregating micro-grid and nano-grid projects to scale off-grid solar: A practitioner’s perspective

Authors: Anjal Niraula Sandeep Giri
Despite solar being an ideal solution for energy access in off-grid
communities, the common deployment models of solar lanterns and
small home systems have not quite achieved the type... [more]

Powering Myanmar: Brighterlite’s solar home systems

Authors: Jørund Buen
In high demand: Brighterlite has started a distribution of solar home systems in Myanmar, using a fee-for-service business model that will also substantially reduce environmental and health... [more]

General Articles

Energy market systems development: Lessons from the urban food processing sector in Indonesia

Authors: David Nicholson Will Baron
Scaling Sustainable Consumption and Production of the Soybean Processing Industry in Indonesia (SCOPE) was a three-year market development programme funded by the European Commission. The... [more]

Demand side analysis of warm comfort improvements in high cold regions: A case from Huancavelicia, Peru

Authors: Mariana Jiménez, Lukas Kahlen
The low economic level of Huancavelica, Peru is reflected in the poor
housing conditions in which most of its inhabitants live. This situation,
together with the harsh weather... [more]

News Section

The Climate Group News

Authors: Jeroen Gerlag, Subaskar Sitsabeshan
The latest News from The Climate Group


Authors: Karima Hirji
The latest News from HEDON

GIZ News

Authors: Caspar Priesemann Monika Rammelt
The latest news from GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH).

Global Household Energy News

Authors: Karima Hirji
The latest Global Household Energy News from the Stoveplus Academy 2015, IRENA, DFID, and the Worldwatch Institute.


Interview with Jeff Prins, Programme Manager at the DOEN Foundation

Authors: Karima Hirji
Jeff Prins is the Programme Manager at the Dutch organisation- the
DOEN Foundation. The DOEN Foundation believes that a green,
socially-inclusive and creative society is possible... [more]

Interview with Akon, Co-Founder of Akon Lighting Africa

Authors: Karima Hirji
International music artist Akon, along with his two partners, joined the access to energy sector in 2014 by launching Akon Lighting Africa, an initiative to provide solar power to millions of... [more]


Helpline: Expert response by Donee Alexander and Seema Patel

Authors: Donee Alexander, Seema Patel
We are a small company that sells efficient cookstoves in Africa.
The type of cookstove we sell is a forced draft gasifier stove, which is one
of the most advanced biomass stoves... [more]

Helpline: Expert response by Mohua Mukherjee and Padu Padmanaban

Authors: Mohua Mukherjee, Padu Padmanaban
Rapid expansion of distributed and decentralised energy systems is vital in
achieving universal access to all. However, uncertainty about grid extension
plans by the government, and... [more]

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