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Blog Posts: renewable energy

  • Lessons from South Africa: Mobilizing Investment in Renewable Energy

    WRI’s six-part blog series, Mobilizing Clean Energy Finance, highlights individual developing countries’ experiences in scaling up investments in clean energy and explores the role climate finance plays in addressing investment barriers. The cases draw on WRI’s recent report, Mobilizing Climate Investment.

    South Africa’s experiences with wind energy provide an important case study for policy makers pursuing renewable energy deployment in other countries.

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  • Integrated Resources Planning in India Could Help with Electricity Shortages

    In India, Tamil Nadu Electricity Governance Initiative (TEGI)—a network of consumer and civil society groups—has been using the Electricity Governance Initiative’s new tool, 10 Questions to Ask About Integrated Resources Planning, to evaluate the state’s current planning approach and understand how it can be improved.

    This tool was designed to help make decision-making processes more transparent and enable greater engagement in the electricity sector. To date, TEGI’s work provides a good example of how this tool can be used to start putting Integrated Resources Planning (IRP) principles into practice.

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  • A Renewables Club to Change the World

    The meeting of climate change ministers in Abu Dhabi from 4 to 5 May 2014 represents an opportunity to develop the Renewables Club, established by Germany and nine other countries last year.

    The club could play a key role in overcoming the climate crisis—provided that it becomes more than just an informal discussion group.

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  • How U.S.-China Cooperation Can Expand Clean Energy Development

    Sarah Forbes testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, discussing U.S.-China cooperation on clean energy and its global impact on climate change.

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  • The Real Story Behind Falling Renewable Energy Investments

    Investors worldwide spent less on renewable energy and related technologies last year than in previous years, making it appear as if the cleantech sector is on the decline.

    Taking a deeper dive tells a more complex story—in reality, renewable energy is on a strong growth path—and tools are emerging to push the sector even further.

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  • Looking Back on Year One of India's Green Power Market Development Group

    India has come out with ambitious renewable energy goals, but the country still faces a daunting financing gap. WRI and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) are leading an innovative effort—The Green Power Market Development Group—that could bridge this finance gap and help overcome India’s energy challenges.

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  • New Initiative Will Identify Ways to Create an Effective and Ambitious International Climate Action Agreement

    Negotiators are meeting in Bonn, Germany this week to make progress on establishing a global climate agreement by 2015. But they’re not the only ones working to secure a worldwide climate action plan.

    WRI along with several other organizations recently launched a new global consortium, the Agreement for Climate Transformation 2015 (ACT 2015), to help inform and support countries’ engagement in the international climate negotiations—and ultimately, help the world rise to the climate change challenge before it.

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  • 4 Insights on Unlocking Finance for Clean Energy Access in Africa

    Alex Doukas discusses outcomes of a financing clean energy access workshop in Africa, and how social entrepreneurs could be part of the clean power solution.

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  • Watching for Signs of Climate Action in the State of the Union Address

    When President Obama addresses the nation later today, climate change is expected to be featured. The president recently said that one of his personal passions is “leaving a planet that is as spectacular as the one we inherited from our parents and our grandparents.” The next two years will determine if his administration can meet this standard.

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  • Top 5 Climate and Energy Stories for 2014

    Manish Bapna discusses the top 5 U.S. climate and energy stories for 2014. Editor's Note: This blog post was originally published at Forbes.

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