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The Emerging Power of Microgrids

Over many decades, the centralized power grid — a one-way flow of electricity, generated by large, remote power plants and distributed over miles of transmission lines to homes and businesses — succeeded in delivering electricity across continents to billions. But in recent years the system’s shortcomings have become increasingly evident. The conventional grid is largely dependent on planet-warming fossil fuels. And because it’s so big and interconnected, it’s vulnerable to massive disruption by natural disasters and susceptible to physical or cyberattack

India’s Blackouts And The Dark Future Of Emerging Markets: More Disruptions, More Coal

The good news is that power has been restored in Northern India after a grid failure left over half its population (600 million people) without electricity. The bad news follows, and does so on three levels. The most obvious is that vast tranches of the developing world currently lack access to energy supplies. The second is that more explosive outages will hit in a wide range of emerging markets where import dependency for fuel is high, but subsidised prices for domestic end users are even higher. The third, and perhaps most disturbing fact, is that coal is the global fuel of the future to plug enormous demand side gaps across the developing world. Forget OECD renewables greenwash; the world is going to get exponentially dirtier in future.

Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math: three simple numbers that add up to global catastrophe and make it clear who the real enemy is

This now infamous article appeared on the cover of the Rolling Stone, outlining the three simple numbers that add up to global disaster. The global carbon reserves held by fossil fuel companies heavily outweighs the amount of carbon we can afford to burn in order to keep global warming below two degrees, clearly identifying the fossil fuel industry as the enemy in the fight to stop catastrophic climate change.

The Unquenchable Thirst of an Expanding Coal Industry

This year, as policymakers work towards a fresh set of universal sustainable development goals, water-efficiency and clean energy will be on the table. This is an important opportunity to establish an integrated water-energy target – a way to put a cap on how much water coal power is able to use.