Worldwatch Institute: Harnessing the Dominican Republic's sustainable energy resources

By:  on: Sat 01 of Aug., 2015 16:38 GMT  (471 Views)
The Dominican Republic’s energy sector is at a crossroads. Currently, the country depends on fossil fuel imports for 86% of its electricity generation, bringing enormous economic and environmental costs and necessitating a transition to a more sustainable energy system. The Dominican government is considering phasing out the use of petroleum for electricity—which currently accounts for over 40% of generation—by increasing imports of coal or LNG. In this Sustainable Electricity Roadmap for the Dominican Republic, the Worldwatch Institute conducts the technical, socioeconomic, financial, and policy assessments needed to create a smooth transition to an energy system that is socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable.

Practical Action: 50th anniversary event, hosted by The Prince of Wales, calls for access to technology for all

By:  on: Sat 01 of Aug., 2015 16:36 GMT  (441 Views)
Access to the internet, mobile phones and renewable energy are technologies that should be available to everyone, whoever, and wherever they are. This was the message from international development charity Practical Action at a reception hosted by The Prince of Wales, the charity's Patron, marking the charity's 50th anniversary. The Prince of Wales commented on Practical Action's place in addressing the uses of technology, "Practical Action works at the nexus of development and the environment and our development approach has become ever more relevant. We need you all to join with us as we commit to using technology, not for consumerism, but to help end poverty and protect our planet.”.

Burn: Kenyan cookstove manufacturer makes one sale every five minutes with GACC support

By:  on: Sat 01 of Aug., 2015 16:35 GMT  (336 Views)
Recently receiving financial support from GACC to ramp up production in Kenya, Burn, a manufacturer of cookstoves in Nairobi, has a goal to provide quality and affordable cookstoves and a variety of cooking solutions that will save the consumer money, time and reduce indoor air pollution. Manufacturing in Africa is cheaper, but harder, according to Burn's General Manager. Roads are difficult to traverse, building the structure of a factory is more difficult to do than many other countries, and funds are needed for upfront investment. But these challenges are met with Burn's capacity to manufacture up to 8000 Jikokoas a month with a back room inventory of 20 000 Jikokoas at all times. Currently, they have a demand for 6000 stoves per month with one sale every five minutes and they hope to expand their consumer group to manufacture to capacity soon.

World Bank: Agreement with Bangledesh to help 1.1 million rural population to access clean energy

By:  on: Sat 01 of Aug., 2015 16:33 GMT  (321 Views)
The World Bank has signed a US$15 million grant agreement with Bangladesh to increase access to clean energy for targeted rural areas through output-based aid (OBA) subsidies. The grant is expected to benefit 1.1 million people living in poor, remote areas of Bangladesh currently lacking electricity from the power grid. The project will make clean energy affordable to low-income households without using the grid by bringing down the cost of 225 000 solar home systems and 2500 mini-grid connections. The grant will also facilitate investments in solar-powered irrigation to 6600 farmers, reducing the financial and environmental impact of diesel pumps as well as provide clean cooking solutions to over 9850 households through biogas plants.

IIED: New paper on delivering sustainable energy access in low income communities

By:  on: Sat 01 of Aug., 2015 16:30 GMT  (314 Views)
The International Institute for Environment and Development has created a new collection of papers by early-career researchers that draws on in-depth field research in Latin America, Asia and Africa to explore the challenges of delivering access to modern energy services. The chapters document the ongoing inequities of energy landscapes across a range of geographies, scales and political economic contexts. The authors draw attention to the need to take local people's needs and livelihood aspirations into account in efforts to address the ‘energy trilemma’.

Low Emissions Development Strategies Global Partnership: Energy Working Group releases new Energy Toolkit

By:  on: Sat 01 of Aug., 2015 16:26 GMT  (312 Views)
The Energy Working Group of the Low Emissions Development Strategies Global Partnership has released a first-of-its-kind Energy Toolkit, a unique collection of the leading instruments and methodologies for low-emission, climate-resilient development planning in the energy sector. Based on an extensive selection process with expert energy planners surveyed from around the world, the Toolkit showcases the industry’s premier planning tools, providing a shortlist of the world’s best low- or no-cost low-emission energy system planning instruments.

Power and Energy Africa: 27-29 August 2015, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania

By:  on: Thu 28 of May, 2015 17:53 GMT  expires: Mon 28 of Sep., 2015 00:00 GMT  (1259 Views)
After a successful three years of Power and Energy Africa Kenya, demand has now increased to bring this event to the entire East African region. The Power and Energy Africa 2015 will be held on the 27-29 August, 2015 at Tanzania's prime international venue; the Mlimani Conference Centre in Dar-es-Salaam. Spread over a period of three days, the event brings together decision makers and influencers as well as technical experts and professionals from leading companies involved in the power and energy generation, transmission and distribution sectors within Africa and around the globe. Read more here:

Global LEAP Networking Event: 31 July- 1 August 2015, Dhaka, Bangladesh

By:  on: Thu 28 of May, 2015 17:52 GMT  expires: Mon 28 of Sep., 2015 00:00 GMT  (1111 Views)
Global LEAP invites you to join the leading off-grid solar and appliance companies in the world’s largest off-grid solar market, Bangladesh. Many local and international solar home system companies and appliance manufacturers have already confirmed their participation in the event. Global LEAP expects representatives from Grameen Shakti, Rahimafrooz/RSF, Sola Home Appliances, Greenlight Planet, Devergy Energy Services, NIWA, Schneider Electric, BBOXX, Solarland Bangladesh, Fosera, Barefoot Power, Off Grid Electric, and more. Find out more here:

The Asia Clean Energy Forum: 15-19 June 2015, Manila, Philippines

By:  on: Thu 28 of May, 2015 17:51 GMT  expires: Mon 28 of Sep., 2015 00:00 GMT  (1897 Views)
The Asia Clean Energy Forum is the premier knowledge-sharing event for staying current with the latest developments and key issues in Asia’s clean energy sector. Each June, clean energy professionals convene at ADB Headquarters to network, discuss issues, exchange knowledge and do business. In 2015, the 10th anniversary of the ACEF conference will be celebrated. Read more here:

Ashden Awards: 11 June 2015, London, UK

By:  on: Thu 28 of May, 2015 17:50 GMT  expires: Mon 28 of Sep., 2015 00:00 GMT  (784 Views)
Be the first to see the sustainable energy trailblazers of 2015 at the annual Ashden Awards Ceremony in London on 11 June, which for the first time is open to all. Earlier in the week you can hear from some of the most exciting finalists and debate the cutting edge energy issues of the day at the international conference and UK seminar. Find out more here:
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