February 28, 2020
India gets creative to power the next phase of its renewable energy transition
By Varun Sivaram
This article was originally published by the Aspen Institute. In the midst of the coronavirus crisis, 2020 is shaping up as a pivotal year in India’s transition toward renewable energy.
Economic Benefits of Natural Gas Production: The Case of Ghana’s Sankofa Gas Project
By Morgan Bazilian, John Ayaburi
Ghana is fast approaching 100% electrification, but continues to battle with irregular electrical power supply. In 2014, Ghanaians experienced severe power outages -- known as “dumsor” -- with the productivity losses estimated at 2 percent of GDP.1,2 Reliability has since improved but hydropower remains vulnerable to erratic rainfall (for generation via the Bui, Kpong and Akosombo dams) and thermal power is subject to volatile oil prices and inconsistent gas supply from the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP).3 Domestic natural gas production could provide reliable and low cost electricity for Ghana, if it can be developed.
Too big to succeed? Africa’s clean energy mega-projects
By Benjamin Attia
When it comes to deploying renewables for Africa’s urgent need for a high-energy future, big is indeed beautiful -- and necessary. But history suggests that proposing massive coordinated infrastructure projects as quick fix/catch-all solutions to a country or region’s energy challenges is far less straightforward than the alternative: fostering a market for utility-scale renewables. Supersizing project ambitions beyond the capacity limits of governments, utilities, and grids may not ultimately be the fastest or most cost-effective path to achieving infrastructure goals.
Solar's Future, India's Mega-Market, and Why Saying No Isn't a Viable Energy Strategy: Q&A with Varun Sivaram
By Varun Sivaram, Todd Moss
Varun Sivaram heads anyone’s short list of global solar power experts. A physicist, best-selling author and clean energy technology expert with experience spanning the corporate, policy and academic sectors, Sivaram was most recently the CTO of ReNew Power, India’s largest renewable energy firm. His 2018 book, Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet, was heralded by the Financial Times as “the best available overview of where the industry finds itself today, and a road map for how it can reach that brighter future.”
Podcast: Todd Moss on the Climate Solutions Series by CSIS
By Todd Moss
In the second session of the Climate Solutions Series features experts Jesse Jenkins (Princeton University), Sue Tierney (Analysis Group), Chris Shelton (AES; AES Next); and Todd Moss (Energy for Growth Hub) for a discussion of the important themes and issues facing the power sector in the context of decarbonization.