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Energy Access in Post-Conflict Regions: An Interview with Qorax Energy

November 10, 2015 by Patricia Levi

Energy Access After War

Last month the Energy for Development editorial team chatted with the managing partners of Qorax (pronounced “ko-rah”), a solar asset financing and distribution company that enables access to electricity services in Somaliland, Somalia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).[read more]


Apartments Waste 33% of The Energy They Use [INFOGRAPHIC]

November 5, 2015 by Andre Bourque

Apartments Waste a Lot of Energy

Apartment buildings waste 33% of energy they use with the most being heating and cooling, and 30% being lost through your roof. What are ways to decrease this inefficiency and save on energy costs and consumption? Find out in this infographic.[read more]


Mobile Money: The Answer to Sustaining Revenue for Off-Grid Energy Service Providers?

October 27, 2015 by Varun Mehra

Off-Grid Energy Financing

Providing access to electricity is a pressing need for over a billion people on this planet. Off-grid solutions can be attractive in areas where the centralized grid may not have reached. But the high overhead and transaction costs associated with providing off-grid solutions can be problematic for these businesses.[read more]


How to Promote Nuclear Power

October 19, 2015 by Robert Hargraves

Promoting Nuclear Energy

Nuclear power is important to the future of the world. It is the only economically practical way to power the economies of the developing world without sickening millions of people with combustion products and emitting CO2. So I’m taken aback by the weakness of short-sighted messages from the US nuclear industry.[read more]

Better Together: Regional Power Pools in Africa are Worth the Challenge

October 13, 2015 by Amy Rose

Africa and Regional Energy

Despite an abundance of energy resources, electric power systems in Africa have been slow to develop, leaving a large portion of the population in sub-Saharan Africa without access to electricity. The growing interest in regional power pools across the continent could dramatically alter that trend.[read more]

Future Energy Fellows post

Green Manufacturing Needs To Go Global

Green Manufacturing

Between 2012 and 2020, approximately 90% of the growth in the world’s electricity consumption will occur in emerging markets. By 2020, two-thirds of global energy consumption will be located in these same regions. Such a drastic growth of energy demand in these areas could spell trouble.[read more]


Could Congress's Lifting the Crude Oil Export Ban Threaten U.S. Energy Security?

October 2, 2015 by John Miller

Oil Export Ban and Energy Security

Congress may soon be addressing the export of energy by fully lifting the 40 year old United States crude oil export ban. Is this proposal in the best interests of the U.S., and can it be done without significant risks to either U.S. energy security or the economy?[read more]


Rural Electrification in Rwanda: Technical and Policy Challenges

October 1, 2015 by Vivian Li

Rwanda Energy Poverty and Access

Rwanda, a small, landlocked country in East Africa, has demonstrated an impressive commitment to moving past the tragedy that befell them in the early 1990’s. Today, the country is ambitiously running forward with its development goals, including energy access.[read more]


Semantics Matter: How the Phrasing of Climate Science Articles Can Foster Inaction, and What to Do About It

September 8, 2015 by Matthew Lichtash

Climate Science and Semantics/shutterstock

The way climate communicators phrase predictions matters—poor word choices can foster hopelessness and apathy in the effort to reverse climate change. Here's how to message climate science in a way that promotes action in those that care about such an important issue.[read more]


Nuclear Retirements Would Sabotage Clean Power Plan Carbon Reductions

September 1, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins

Nuclear power and the EPA Clean Power Plan

The EPA believes it’s new regulations will cut carbon emissions 32% by 2030. Reaching that goal depends on nuclear continuing to supply one-fifth of U.S. electricity. Retirements of existing reactors could sabotage the Clean Power Plan's emissions goals—and the EPA can't stop it. Here's why...[read more]

At the 'Tip of the Spear' for Solar Energy in Virginia: Tony Smith

August 26, 2015 by Jim Pierobon

Solar Energy Forefront in Virginia

A handful of individuals and their organizations have persevered to develop pathways for the implementation of cost-effective solar energy in Virginia, a state where utilities are widely viewed to be undermining the adoption of solar by their customers.[read more]


Nuclear Innovation: Necessity of Test Beds

August 26, 2015 by Todd Allen

Nuclear Innovation and Necessity

This is the first of four planned articles that will outline the recommendations from the Idaho National Laboratory led Nuclear Innovation Workshops, which cover the pressing need for designated test beds in order to advance nuclear innovation.[read more]


Will the Iranian Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty become a Threat to U.S. Energy Security?

August 21, 2015 by John Miller

Iran Nuclear Deal and U.S. Energy Security

The Obama Administration negotiated changes to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty that is supposed to curtail Iran’s possible nuclear weapons development for 10-15 years. While the pros and cons of this treaty are being strongly debated in Congress, the risks to U.S. energy security are apparently not a priority concern.[read more]


Can Market Fixes Overcome the Declining Value of Wind and Solar at High Market Shares?

August 13, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins

Electricity Markets and Renewable Energy

Ben Paulos says wind and solar energy "blow up" energy markets when they reach high market shares. But is this really a problem? Let's revisit the declining value of wind and solar at high penetration levels...[read more]


How Big of a Deal is the Clean Power Plan? Comparisons to Other U.S. Climate Policies

August 7, 2015 by Michael Craig

Clean Power Plan Policy Comparisons

As any regular reader of the Energy Collective knows, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the final Clean Power Plan (CPP) on Monday. There’s been a debate over just how important the final CPP actually is and how it stacks up against prior actions taken by the U.S. to reduce CO2 emissions.[read more]