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Hub launches PPA Watch, a new transparency initiative
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- Op-Eds & ArticlesAir-Conditioning Should Be a Human Right in the Climate CrisisOriginally posted in Scientific American, May 10, 2022. We need to protect vulnerable people from killer heat without destroying the environment A record-breaking heat wave is sweeping South Asia, threatening hundreds of millions of people with deadly temperatures well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit.Learn More
- Op-Eds & ArticlesWhere are Africa’s Clean Energy Projects? A proactive agenda for the US GovernmentBLUF: The USG wants to fund as many new clean energy projects in Africa as possible, but the pool of bankable utility-scale generation projects is running dry.Learn More
- MultimediaEpisode #14 Ashvin Dayal: We Need to Redefine Energy & Development ProgressDayal, Senior Vice President of Power & Climate and The Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet at The Rockefeller Foundation, discusses how he got into working on energy, why he believes in raising the definition of energy access, and the power of philanthropy. Ashvin Dayal leads The Rockefeller Foundation’s Power & Climate program, aimed at scaling up energy access and accelerating an inclusive energy transition in emerging markets.Learn More
How Can Small and Medium Enterprises Cope with Power Outages?Electricity is a critical input for businesses that rely on productivity-enhancing technologies. As a result, firms, particularly small and medium enterprises (SMEs), incur substantial productivity losses from unreliable electricity supply, which is extremely common in emerging market economies.1 Our study finds that, in Ghana, there is essentially no effective method that SMEs can employ to fully compensate for unreliable power supply in power-reliant businesses – and solving this challenge will likely require broader investment or policy intervention.2 Unreliable electricity supply is a major obstacle for firms More than one in ten firms in Sub-Saharan Africa cite unreliable electricity as the biggest obstacle to their operations (Figure 1).Continue Reading
In climate policy, African gas is like organic salad microgreensThe Guardian recently published an article supposedly exposing new African plans to expand oil and gas production and raising alarm bells about the climate implications.Continue Reading
Hot take on the White House Africa strategy: It’s all about AgencyThe White House released President Biden’s Sub-Saharan Africa Strategy yesterday, aiming to reset strained relationships, clarify US priorities, and draw a line in the sand from the previous Administration.Continue Reading
Congressional Testimony: US Leadership and Energy in AfricaTodd Moss testified along with Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (World Trade Organization), Donald Kaberuka (African Union), and Rama Yade (Atlantic Council) at the House Foreign Affairs Committee Congressional Roundtable: "U.S.Continue Reading
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Europe to Africa: Gas for Me but Not for TheeOriginally appeared in Foreign Policy, July 14, 2022. Few should be surprised that, facing energy shortages and rising costs for fuel and electricity, rich countries are turning back to more and dirtier fossil fuels.Continue Reading
How Caribbean countries can leverage nature to finance clean energyExperts agree that climate change mitigation will ultimately require removing carbon from the atmosphere to the tune of a billion tons of CO2 per year in only a few decades.Continue Reading
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The Other Hidden Debt - How power contract transparency can help prevent future debt riskOriginally published in the IMF Public Financial Management Blog, June 21, 2022. Soon after the reformist businessman Hakainde Hichilema won Zambia's presidency in August 2021, he learned that his country’s finances were far worse than he feared.Continue Reading
Coffee Break Briefing with Rushaiya Ibrahim-Tanko on PPA WatchTo meet clean energy and energy access goals, we need to rapidly scale electricity through transparent, competitive power markets. But in most emerging markets, power contracts shrouded in secrecy prevent this progress. We launched our new initiative, PPA Watch, to shed light on the problem of secret power purchase agreements.Continue Reading
Hub launches PPA Watch, a new transparency initiativeFor the world to have any chance of scaling electricity fast enough to eradicate energy poverty or meet our clean energy goals, we need transparent, competitive power markets.Continue Reading
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How Power Contract Transparency Can Help Fight Poverty And Climate ChangeOriginally appeared in Forbes, June 1, 2022 The world must solve two global crises – energy poverty and climate change – at the same time.Continue Reading