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Eradicating Poverty by Going Green?

Eradicating Poverty by Going Green?

It’s easy to become frustrated by the disconnect between scientists and politicians regarding climate change.  In some countries (like the US), it’s not even a disconnect – it’s an outright debate over whether global warming is happening and whether human activity is a factor. Fortunately, attitudes are shifting closer to the scientific consensus.  Even in America – one of the […]
Biofuels More than Alternative, Catalyst for Change

Biofuels More than Alternative, Catalyst for Change

Agriculture and forestry could become leading sources of bioenergy and act as key elements in achieving two of the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations (UN): eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, and ensuring environmental sustainability.
UN to Discuss Sustainable Energy Future of the World

UN to Discuss Sustainable Energy Future of the World

The 14th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 14) to be held in New York this week will examine progress in sustainable energy, climate change, air pollution and industrial development issues. Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas, representing the European Commission, will advocate energy policies that improve access to energy services for the world's poor while maximizing energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy globally, thus increasing the protection of the environment.
ADB approved $231 million loan to build 120-MW Lower Kopili Hydroelectric in India

ADB approved $231 million loan to build 120-MW Lower Kopili Hydroelectric in India

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $231 million loan to construct the 120-MW Lower Kopili Hydroelectric Power (LKHEP) plant in Central Assam, India. The LKHEP plant, on the Kopili River, will double the hydropower generation capacity of the Assam Power Generation Corporation, ADB said. This loan is the third and largest tranche of the $300 million Assam Power […]
Sustainable Women Series: Eradicating Energy Poverty: 80 Microgrids by 2020

Sustainable Women Series: Eradicating Energy Poverty: 80 Microgrids by 2020

The EarthSpark team spent 5 years developing their first microgrid in Haiti. Inaugurated in June 2015, it is currently serving 449 homes and businesses with affordable, reliable electricity 24/7. The grid contains 93 kW of PV panels, a 30 kVa generator back up and 410 kWh of battery storage.
London Mayor Launches Renewables Program

London Mayor Launches Renewables Program

Major new developments in London will be expected to generate part of their energy needs from renewable resources, under proposals in the Mayor of London's new Draft Energy Strategy.
Europe’s Largest Industrial Energy Storage Facility Unveiled

Europe’s Largest Industrial Energy Storage Facility Unveiled

Europe's largest industrial energy storage facility has been inaugurated in Belgium.
Sustainable Women Series: POWERing Growth & Profit

Sustainable Women Series: POWERing Growth & Profit

If gender-diverse companies financially outperform their less inclusive counterparts, then why do women make up only 24 percent of the solar industry? Why does this discrepancy exist and how can we work to eradicate it? Kaitlin Borstelmann of Portland Oregon Women in Renewables and Elemental Energy (POWER) has a few ideas. We spoke to her about the state of the industry, POWER and the benefits of bringing more women to the table.
Clean Cooking, Rural and Urban, the Next Frontier for Renewables

Clean Cooking, Rural and Urban, the Next Frontier for Renewables

Historically, lighting was the driver for electricity systems. Edison lit up Manhattan, New York. But now, with solar panels and a variety of LED fixtures, from nightlights to lawn lights, street lamps to traffic lights to ceilings bulbs (if we may call them that), illumination at night, even for the poor, is largely a solved problem. 
Stoking the Fuel Poverty Fire

Stoking the Fuel Poverty Fire

It’s been on the back burner for over a year now, but in the last week the heat has been turned up on proposals to redefine fuel poverty. The change would see the official tally for households currently in the category fall from 3.2 million to 2.4 million, almost a third of the original figure, and there have been accusations […]