January 27, 2022
Coffee Break Briefing with Brad Handler: Financing tools to help take coal offline
At COP26, over 40 countries pledged to phase out coal completely by 2030-2040, but achieving these goals won’t be easy, or cheap. That’s where innovative financing comes in. The right financial structures can help bring coal offline faster and accelerate new clean energy deployment.
Brad Handler of the Payne Institute at the Colorado School of Mines discusses his recent work with Hub Fellow Morgan Bazilian and Hub Policy Director Katie Auth on how public funders can help take coal offline ahead of schedule and promote a just transition in low-income and emerging economies, moderated by Katie Auth.
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What’s happening with USG support for African power plants? These 5 charts explain.
By Katie Auth, Jacob Kincer, Todd Moss
BLUF: USG support for African power generation has slowed in recent years, roughly mirroring broader market trends. The number of gas or diesel projects beginning construction has remained relatively small but stable over the past decade – while renewable projects dramatically increased, before falling in the last few years.
Rose Mutiso on Good Clean Energy podcast: How to End Energy Poverty
By Rose Mutiso
Rose Mutiso joins the show to discuss the connection between access to affordable electricity and poverty and details a path forward for energy-poor countries in Africa.
Clean water from clean energy
By Mohamed Alhaj
How renewable energy can be a game-changer for Africa's desalination industry By 2050, it is expected that there will be at least 800 million Africans living in regions with acute water scarcity (where the renewable water resources capacity is less than 1000 m3/capita/year).1 A recent study on the potential growth of the desalination market in developing countries estimated the demand for desalination in Africa’s most water-scarce countries to reach 37 Mm3/day by 2050, satisfying total municipal water demand for urban populations; which is an increase of more than 1500% compared to the current installed capacity in these countries.1 FIGURE 1: Projected desalination capacity in sub-Saharan Africa’s most water-scarce countries by 2050 According to the FAO, the agricultural sector has the highest water demands in these regions, which makes desalination a key enabler for food security. African governments are already taking serious steps to develop more desalination plants.
Desalination: A future energy demand driver
By Mohamed Alhaj
Globally, nearly 2 billion people – about half of them in sub-Saharan Africa – lack access to safe drinking water.
How Might Clean Energy Feature at the White House Africa Summit?
By Todd Moss
Next week is make-or-break for the United States to show an actual alternative to Chinese-backed infrastructure. President Biden will host 49 African leaders December 13-15 in an orchestrated effort to show that the United States is no longer disengaged with the continent and to rebuild trust with a region where one in four people will live by mid-century.