Sustainable development depends on access to electricity. New WRI research presents four ways to better link energy and development efforts.
This paper proposes a framework with four important areas that we need to focus on to build an enabling ecosystem for a linked energy and development agenda. The paper also details actions that energy and development sector actors—specifically, African governments, the donor community, the private sector, and civil society can take to create better links.
This technical note outlines the methodology behind the Local Government Renewables Action Tracker, an interactive web tool that presents a compilation of the renewable electricity transactions and advocacy efforts that have been completed by U.S. cities, counties, municipal utilities and community choice aggregations since 2015.
The Local Government Renewables Action Tracker reveals the impact that U.S. cities and counties can have on national clean energy trends, climate change and GHG emissions.
Modernizing America’s electric grid infrastructure presents a unique opportunity to not only upgrade decades old infrastructure systems, but also to create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the near term and generate sustained, economy-wide benefits over the long term.
This working paper provides the first comprehensive approach that organizations can use to calculate water withdrawals and consumption associated with purchased electricity. It provides international country-level and U.S. subnational-level water use factors detailing grid average water withdrawal and consumption resulting from electricity consumption.
This paper explores the range of approaches and emerging program designs currently used in the United States to match EV loads and renewable energy, with an emphasis on methods that more closely link the timing and location of the EV demand with renewable energy supply.
Behind the U.S. power grid, electricity markets are just as important as physical power plants and transmission lines. To expand the country's clean energy, the rules of the market will need to change.
Pennsylvania's planned entry into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative marks the first time a major fossil-fuel producing state has joined the cooperative, which aims to cap carbon dioxide emissions from electric power plants. It won't solve all the Keystone State's energy challenges, but it's a big step forward.
This resource is designed to aid cities and utilities in exploring the opportunity to develop a partnership agreement and consider key factors relevant to successfully enable long-lasting and productive engagements. It identifies insights and lessons learned from the experiences of several U.S. cities and investor owned electric utilities in developing innovative agreements in Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, North Carolina, Utah, and Wisconsin.
While the number of people without electricity has dropped, experts predict that more than 600 million will still lack power in 2030. Nine out of 10 of them will live in sub-Saharan Africa.
Advancing demand-driven solutions for affordable, reliable, clean energy to power sustainable development around the world.
The levelized cost of electricity, or LCOE, is an often-misused measure of electricity generation costs. It is the average cost of producing a unit of electricity during a generating plant’s lifetime.
Decisions from utility commissions across the country suggest natural gas' time as a "bridge fuel" may be short—renewables are already often preferred and cheaper.
Millions of Indians still lack power, despite significant increases in electrification in recent years. Rooftop solar is a promising solution for the country's many rural health centers.
Supporting local businesses pioneer affordable, reliable and clean energy solutions for all.
Electricity is crucial for providing quality healthcare services. Decentralized renewable technologies will allow much of Africa to leapfrog into a world of clean, uninterrupted electricity supply. This webinar will zoom in on Population Services Kenya, an organization that has tested financing models for deploying affordable solar power solutions to healthcare clinics.
Nevada's new measure to strengthen its Clean Electricity Standard is the latest in a series of legislative moves to drive the transition to low-carbon energy in the United States. That makes it a good time to review the newest research and consider whether such standards are good policy.
WRI and Rocky Mountain Institute will host its first boot camp-style workshop for U.S. cities to get technical support on their clean energy strategies and engage in discussion on successes and challenges they have faced in procuring renewables. This American Cities Climate Challenge workshop is jointly led by city faculty, and will focus on large-scale, off-site renewable procurement options.