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- Op EdGlobal Energy Inequality Goes Deeper Than BitcoinModern life is amazingly energy intensive. All those computers, data servers, and air conditioners devour a lot of electricity. In fact, virtually everything about how we live, move around, communicate, and work is embedded with immense quantities of energy. It’s now even in our money.Learn More
- MemoWaste-to-Energy: one solution for two problems?Incinerating organic waste is the most common method of producing energy from municipal solid waste. While this approach is significantly more costly than landfills, waste-to-energy (WTE) can make economic sense in areas where there are energy deficits and/or a shortage of landfill space.Learn More
- MemoFour Meta-Challenges to Power Sector Reform in Sub-Saharan MarketsSub-Saharan African countries urgently need more electricity services to foster economic growth and job creation. While plugging the energy gap is not sufficient to address all the region’s economic woes, it is a fundamental building block to the wider aspirations of these societies.Learn More
- MemoCompetitive Auctions and Ultra-Low Solar BidsThe global record low tariff for a utility-scale solar PV project has been broken seven times since 2016, all within auction environments, with recent leading bids dipping below US $0.02/kWh, and average prices pushing past the cost-competitive range with coal and gas.Learn More
The Reliability-Adjusted Cost of Electricity (RACE): A new metric for the fight against energy povertyAdequately tracking progress against energy poverty requires a metric that is more closely tied to income and employment than the commonly-used household access rate.Continue Reading
Saving Lives and Generating Energy from Natural Gas in Rwanda's Lake KivuDanger and possibility under Lake Kivu Beneath the surface of the lake lies 60 billion cubic meters (bcm) of methane gas and 300 bcm of carbon dioxide originating from local volcanic activity.1 Without intervention, a gas eruption could occur within the next century.2 Located between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, over 2 million people live on the shores of the lake.Continue Reading
Big Solar Bankability & Utility Performance Can Benefit from Power PoolsHigh power generation costs in Sub-Saharan Africa are driven by stark imbalances in supply and demand, poor utility performance, and constraints on independent power producers.Continue Reading
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Global Energy Inequality Goes Deeper Than BitcoinModern life is amazingly energy intensive. All those computers, data servers, and air conditioners devour a lot of electricity. In fact, virtually everything about how we live, move around, communicate, and work is embedded with immense quantities of energy. It’s now even in our money.Continue Reading
For wind and solar, big is (usually) betterDramatic cost reductions in wind and especially solar power seem to promise a distributed energy future. Grid-connected rooftop solar lets any home or industrial facility become a “prosumer” that produces electricity as well as consuming it.Continue Reading
Power Africa’s Top Obstacles in Each MarketPower Africa is a multi-agency US government initiative that aims to increase generation capacity and expand access to energy in Africa. The USAID-coordinated program aligns its support and activities by tackling the most pressing obstacles to power projects and private investment in each market.Continue Reading
The Eskom Crisis: What are we dealing with?Eskom, South Africa’s state-owned power company, is in an existential crisis. Problems at Eskom have regional reverberations because it is the continent’s largest utility and trades power with seven countries. More than a decade of mismanagement, governance failure, spiralling costs, and the accumulation of unmanageable debt has put Eskom into a death spiral.Continue Reading
Costs of unreliable electricity to African firmsThe availability and reliability of electricity services is crucial for economic development because of electricity’s role as a powerful engine of social and economic change.Continue Reading
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Africa’s Cities Are About to Boom – and Maybe ExplodeAfrica is rural. Or that’s what senior Western officials envision when they talk about the continent. America’s top diplomat for the region, Tibor Nagy, recently said that Africa is “by and large an agricultural society.” He isn’t alone: Germany’s recent Marshall Plan with Africa insists that “rural areas will determine Africa’s future.” This is wrong.Continue Reading
Bitcoin, gaming and the chasm of global energy inequalityWill Bitcoin cook the planet? A great Axios piece “No, Bitcoin won't destroy our climate by 2033” argues that carbon emissions from the substantial energy consumption of bitcoin mining isn’t likely to significantly contribute to global warming.Continue Reading