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Approaching Backfire: Energy Consumption in Developing Countries

July 8, 2015 by Alex Trembath

Energy consumption is going to explode in poor countries this century. Over 90 percent of the growth in energy consumption through 2050 will occur in non-OECD countries. These countries are also where the IEA hopes to reduce future demand growth the most in the name of mitigating climate change.[read more]


Procuring Clean Energy in the Developing World: The Appeal of Auctions and the Way Forward

Developing Nations, Clean Energy

Meeting rising energy demand with cost-effective new generation capacity is a critical challenge facing most developing countries. As policymakers and regulators seek out support schemes for clean energy, one procurement mechanism seems to lead the charge – the renewable energy auction.[read more]

Solar Power in Developing Countries: Big Opportunities for Unique Markets

June 9, 2015 by Amy Rose

Developing Economies and Solar Integration

With a significant solar resource, expensive alternative technologies and ready storage in the form of flexible hydro resources, developing countries have a unique opportunity for wide-scale deployment of solar energy not seen in other markets. Solar power can offer a greener, cheaper path to development.[read more]


Solar Panel Maintenance Poses Unforeseen Challenge in Developing World Electrification

December 24, 2014 by Adam Hashian

Solar Panel Maintenance in the Developing World

It would be an affordable and practical solution for new electrical generation installations in developing nations to be fueled by low-carbon sources. But there are many challenges with solar electrification, including installation and maintenance, infrastructure, and financing.[read more]

India, Climate, and the Coal Conundrum

December 24, 2014 by Lewis Perelman

India Energy Needs and Growth

The gridlock in another round of UN climate talks stems from fundamentally conflicting interests. The only effective solution will come not from the regulatory approach the UN has emphasized but rather from the technical fix: developing breakthrough technologies that can provide cheap clean energy alternatives.[read more]

US Financial Support of Green Climate Fund is in America's Interest

November 26, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

Benefits of the Green Climate Fund

The U.S. and other countries have pledged resources to help the Green Climate Fund spur emissions reductions in developing countries and assist the most vulnerable in adapting to the impacts of climate change. The U.S. pledge of $3 billion is a serious commitment to helping achieve a climate agreement next year.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'The West Will Have to Recognize we Have the Needs of the Poor'

November 22, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Energy Development and Energy Poverty

Notoriously complex global energy issues encompass science, economics, politics, the environment, demographics and social dynamics. One of the most stubborn problems is finding a way to simultaneously address energy poverty while reducing global carbon dioxide emissions.[read more]


Launching a New Way to Explore Energy and Human Development

November 11, 2014 by Yael Borofsky

Energy for Human Development

Opportunities for innovation in economic growth are expanding in Africa, India, and southeast Asia while the conversation in the west is often stagnated around simple lighting solutions that address the most urgently poor customers, but not the underlying opportunities for sustainable power sector development.[read more]

Move Over World Bank: Bilateral Institutions Lead Investment Beyond the Grid

November 11, 2014 by Justin Guay

Development and Energy Investment

The Sierra Club and Oil Change International recently released an assessment of multilateral development banks' investment beyond the grid, and the findings aren't good. While investments are continuing to flow into beyond the grid clean energy markets, most public institutions are missing in action.[read more]


Renewables Now Cheaper Than Fossil Fuels In Developing Countries

November 6, 2014 by Silvio Marcacci

Developing Countries and Cheap Fuel Choices

Cost differences between renewables and fossil fuels have traditionally guided new renewable energy additions, especially in developing countries. Market economics often made new fossil fuel generation cheaper – a dangerous choice considering climate change. But those days are ending.[read more]

Energy Use of a 100-Watt Light Bulb per Year by Source

October 4, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Home Lighting and Energy Use

With significant future projected power demand and over a billion people without proper access to electricity, major power generation investment will be required to liberate people from darkness and ultimately increase the untapped productivity of a swath of the population in respective developing countries.[read more]

Do Smart Phones Hold Key to Reducing Energy Poverty in Developing Countries?

September 25, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Technology and Energy Development

The energy industry like no other affects economic livelihood, societal texture, and quality of life at the same time. Computers, mobile tech, and other electronic products are the linchpins of broadening economic and social progress in the 21st century. All these products increase power demand multifold.[read more]

How the US-Africa Summit Can Catalyze Africa's Rise

August 5, 2014 by Alex Trembath

US-Africa Summit and Future Planning

When African heads of states meet for the US-Africa Leaders Summit the challenge of raising millions of Africans out of energy poverty is poised to take center stage. Adding to this conversation are the Electrify and Energize Africa Acts, legislation being moved through the House and Senate, respectively.[read more]

High-Energy Africa

Africa and Energy Development

Six of the best performing economies have come from Africa in the past six years, but energy poverty continues to be a significant barrier for development goals. Sub-Saharan Africa will need to power its factories, hospitals, schools, and other foundational infrastructure with cheap and reliable sources of electricity.[read more]

The Low-Energy Club

July 2, 2014 by Alex Trembath

Electricity Demand and Usage

There has been a growing consensus that the rest of the world will follow the West in living modern lives complete with modern infrastructure, industry, and development. The question is now how much more energy they will consume and how much will come from low-carbon sources.[read more]