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.

In Defense of CCS

I was the community manager of the Global CCS Institute for over three years.  I have to admit, that I didn't know much about the technology when I started but as a pragmatic green nerd, the general concept appealed to me.  The truth is that there are thousands of coal fired power plants around the world right now ...

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7 great commercials about the environment

After six years working on VideoSift, I've seen many excellent public service announcements (PSAs) for environmental causes.  You might not think that a simple commercial spot has much to do with Cleanleaps, and yes,  they sometimes can be self-serving, bordering on greenwashing ...

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A cost analysis of hydropower

Hydropower or hydroelectricity is an established renewable energy technology that also may be quite low-cost. Although hydropower requires a steep investment to develop, dams in particular have a long lifespan and generally can produce consistent power over many decades. Consider that the Hoover Dam in the US Southwest has been in service since 1935 ...

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The global Cleantech 100 keeps getting more global

The Global Cleantech 100, now in its 6th year released by the Cleantech Group, is a list of the top companies in this space worldwide.   The Cleantech 100 is no longer just a list of companies from places like the United States, Germany and Japan.  Emerging markets are seeing the benefits of clean technology and some of the leading companies in the world are starting to come from emerging markets like Kenya

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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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