Energy Solutions

Lighting India – World Economic Forum

This 55-minute video of a World Economic Forum panel features India’s Minister for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy, Piyush Goyal, and executives from renewable energy companies and the Rockefeller Foundation. The panel provides a fascinating insight into the Indian Government’s electricity policy and why investors are emphasising solar power.

Energy Access: why coal is not the way out of energy poverty

This Carbon Tracker report shows how rural communities in Africa and India suffering most from a lack of modern energy can exploit the falling costs of renewable power to access electricity without the need for expensive grid transmission networks. The report’s findings are in stark contrast to the views of the global coal industry, whose biggest publicly traded company Peabody Energy Corp, maintains coal is “essential to meet the scale of Africa’s desperate need for electricity.”

Poor Countries Tap Renewables at Twice the Pace of Rich

Emerging markets are installing renewable energy projects at almost twice the rate of developed nations, a report concluded. A study of 55 nations -- including China, Brazil, South Africa, Uruguay and Kenya -- found that they’ve installed a combined 142 gigawatts from 2008 to 2013. The 143 percent growth in renewables in those markets compares with an 84 percent rate in wealthier nations, which installed 213 megawatts, according to a report released today by Climatescope.

Failing to Solve Energy Poverty: how much international investment is going to distributed clean energy access?

Increasingly, distributed clean energy is proving to be an important tool for providing energy services for those living beyond the grid. Distributed clean energy includes off-grid and mini-grid renewable energy solutions that provide power to populations either not reached by the conventional grid or those connected to the grid but considered ‘under-electrified’ as a result of chronic power outages or load shedding. Distributed clean energy has several advantages for poor populations, including the fact it can be deployed more rapidly and cheaply than the grid can be extended.

Electricity for all in India

Coal has always been the mainstay of the Indian electricity sector and many policymakers and analysts believe that it must remain the primary source of electricity generation for at least the next three to four decades. This view is based on the belief that a centralised electricity system based on an ever-expanding coal power generation base will ensure energy security, provide affordable energy for all and, importantly, address the issue of energy scarcity in India. In the world’s third largest producer of coal (after China and the United States), coal is king. This report challenges this view and proposes an alternative approach for India.