Availability of reliable, low-cost energy is the cornerstone of economic development and is a primary limiting factor for many developing countries.  We share knowledge on an energy sector which is undergoing massive change with new technologies that will provide cheaper, more accessible and cleaner energy.

New fuels for transport: the cost of renewable solutions

Although there is a great deal of focus on using renewable energy to replace grid power systems, there has been less analysis on renewable energy usage for the transport sector.  This cost report from  the International Renewable Energy Agency provides an outlook on decarbonising this important sector by 2020.  The report focuses primarily on  biofuel and electric, battery-powered vehicles.

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Scenarios and strategies for Africa

As this report from the Intertnational Renewable Energy Agency notes at the beginning, Africa makes up 15% of the global population but has only 5% of the global energy usage.  The worry for analysts and policy makers is that as the population of Africa increases, and development brings African energy usage to a level comparable to the rest of the world ...

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Where are we at with renewable energy?

REN21’s Renewables Global Status Report provides the state of play for renewable energy around the world.  It is a comprehensive report but also a straightforward read to understand where we are at in terms of deployment of renewables.  I've highlighted some of the key sections to read in relation to emerging economies around the status of deployment distributed power and financial spend.

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China wind energy outlook

China dominates the world of wind energy manufacturing (turbines) and output.  In 2014 China installed over half of all the wind capacity on the Earth.  To most eyes, China is racing against time to replace polluting coal and fossil fuel infrastructure with clean wind and solar power.  

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How information technology is helping us become more energy efficient

In this report you’ll find a number of practical case studies whereby companies and governments are using information technology to provide a better grid system, smarter buildings and enhanced logistics. It shows how organisations are achieving reduced energy requirements as a result of improvements to energy efficiency and reduced consumption ...

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These amazing graphs show what's really happening with the oil crash

In the United States, petrol has fallen to less than $2 per gallon (53 cents per liter) for the first time in 5 years.  Analysts point to many different reasons for the the crash in crude oil prices (and the subsequent drop in petrol) but these beautiful graphs lay out the reason in a clear format that's easy to understand.  

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The new great walls: a guide to China's overseas dam industry

In the rollout of new hydropower projects around the world no one is playing a bigger role than China.  5 of the 10 biggest hydroelectric power stations in the world are in China and Chinese companies are working on hundreds of projects in other countries.  The role China is playing doesn’t just apply to engineering, Chinese banks are filling the gap of traditional funders such as the World Bank.  

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