Lori Bird, Director of U.S. Energy at WRI, sits down with WRI Vice President for Communications Lawrence MacDonald to talk about the tech (batteries and rooftop solar), policy (net metering and RPS), movements and politics that are powering the renewables surge in the United States.
In 2018, the United States saw unprecedented growth in renewable energy purchasing, development and commitments. Four signs indicate major changes in the U.S. energy system.
Despite growing attention on clean energy, fossil fuels still account for 80 percent of global energy consumption. Here are four ways to cost-effectively make the transition to a clean energy future.
The paper proposes a credible and rigorous methodology for assessing Paris Agreement alignment of electricity transmission and distribution (T&D) investments by development finance institutions (DFIs) and recommends that all DFIs incorporate a shadow carbon price in cost-benefit analyses of the electricity sector and work with recipient countries to develop robust long-term decarbonization plans.
Using a social cost accounting (SCA) methodology, this research estimates the market and non-market costs associated with the delivery of urban water, sanitation, transport and energy services in 4 case study cities.
This working paper documents residential consumers’ experiences with solar rooftop PV systems. The data is captured through household surveys conducted across five Indian cities. The study is an attempt to understand the challenges faced by residential consumers at various stages of their decision pertaining to the installation of rooftop solar PV systems.
When Kenya's Najile health clinic lacked electricity, clinicians couldn't vaccinate children or deliver babies at night. Rooftop solar panels changed everything.
Kenya boasts a vibrant entrepreneurial culture and is also home to the first Climate Innovation Center (CIC), set up under the World Bank’s Infodev program. This webinar showcases the activities of these investment managers expanding their body of funds to an international audience.
Many people point to renewable energy as the greatest threat facing fossil fuel power plants. New WRI research finds that the real threat may be water.
Providing globally open data about power plants to increase transparency and help understand the environmental effects of power production
On Wednesday, November 28, WRI partnered with Resources for the Future to co-host a workshop aimed at deepening stakeholder understanding of how non-utility generation is and will be financed, and exploring the implications for wholesale market design and operations.
In the past five years, private energy buyers have made significant commitments to reaching 100 percent renewable energy and have voluntarily brought about 14.2 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy into the electricity market.
Firewood is cutting into Kenya's forests. Entrepreneurs are responding with a new "biomass briquette" industry that turns wastes into fuel.
The World Resources Institute is pleased to announce Lori Bird as U.S. Director, Energy and the second Polsky Chair for Renewable Energy.
The two-day, interactive REBA Summit will bring together more than 400 renewable energy buyers and solution providers to develop new partnerships and collaboratively tackle barriers and opportunities to accelerate and scale the market.
As the world leader in solar photo-voltaic energy, China has lessons to share on how to expand access to renewable power. Can its remarkable trajectory continue?
WRI will host a public briefing featuring senior Chinese and U.S. participants on China-US climate and energy cooperation among national and non-federal actors on Tuesday, July 17 in San Francisco.
The world needs to double its global rate of improvement in energy efficiency. To get there will require a massive effort—and right now, the United States is lagging behind.
South Africa went over the public's head in negotiating a backdoor deal with Russia. When these activists found out, they brought their case for renewable energy to the public—and won.
The 2018 Goldman Environmental Prize for Asia went to Khanh Nguy Thi from Vietnam for working for clean water and renewable energy. This is her story.