In the last two years, 160 countries have publicly announced clean energy plans. Ahead of the Clean Energy Ministerial next week, here's a look at what countries have committed to and the potential impact of these plans.
For big corporations, buying renewable energy is harder than it should be. That’s why Facebook and Microsoft are inviting collaboration with utilities to break down market barriers. These iconic brands are among 60 companies participating in the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance.
Large, private sector energy customers wanting to buy more renewable energy are already driving change in electricity markets by scaling up clean power delivered through the grid. More renewables in countries’ power grids will accelerate progress toward emissions-reduction targets put forth in Paris.
PARIS (November 30, 2015)- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders announced the International Solar Alliance today in Paris.
Africa is home to some of the fastest-growing economies on the planet, but the lack of affordable, reliable energy could challenge continued economic and social development. Distributed power generation could be part of the solution.
It is impossible to succeed in today's economy without access to energy. But for an estimated 1.3 billion people, mostly in the developing world, electric power is still out of reach. Even among those with energy access, many still face unreliable service and regular blackouts. This is why it is so important that we push for Goal 7 of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals: "ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all."
Joshua Ryor and Dana Davidsen break down recent developments, common misconceptions and emerging trends in renewable energy in the United States.
Until now, community solar has largely benefited residential and small non-residential customers in a specific community. Yet there are other stakeholders who also want to get into the shared renewable space—large corporate buyers.
Hawaii made waves with its recent announcement to use 100 percent renewable energy by 2045, but it’s hardly the only island making big commitments to clean power.
Certain large electricity consumers in Rajasthan state will need to get about 10 percent of their power from renewable sources—or risk getting fined.
In the U.S. heartland, where retail electricity costs less than the national average, investing in renewable energy can guard against fossil fuel price volatility and save customers money.
WRI's Senior Advisor for International Climate Affairs Pascal Canfin poses three questions for the world's economy and finance ministers.
A growing number of companies want utilities to provide access to long-term, fixed price renewable energy. Utilities that deliver are able to retain large customers, attract new ones and drive economic growth.
A rare solar eclipse earlier this month threatened electricity blackouts in renewable energy-heavy Europe. When operators kept the lights on, they proved that the grid is ready for a clean energy future.
India's railways are the country's largest consumer of electricity and diesel fuel. A plan to deploy one gigawatt of solar photovoltaic installations on railways could reduce the sector's environmental impact while generating economic opportunities.
Manish Bapna takes a closer look at corporate sustainability trends and its global shift toward low-carbon energy.
This infographic helps decision-makers visualize electricity supply options (renewable vs. traditional) when adding clean energy to their electricity supply.
Oil prices are plummeting, the United States and China made a major joint climate announcement, and renewable energy reached price parity with coal in a growing number of markets. Iconic tech companies—including Google and Apple—are playing a larger role in both renewable energy and home energy efficiency.
Against this backdrop, 2014 is on track to go down as the world’s hottest year ever recorded. Already, the first 10 months of 2014 have been the hottest on record globally. This is a troubling trend.
Last month India pledged to increase national solar generation capacity to 100 gigawatts (GW) by 2022, but connecting solar projects to the country’s grid has been difficult in the past and could limit progress toward the new goal. Fortunately, an innovative decision by the Indian state of Karnataka may show how to solve the problem.
A new WRI fact sheet, Behind-the-Meter Solar PV: Understanding Cost Parity, aims to help decision-makers, policy experts, investors, and regulators make these comparisons accurately so they can understand where they can save money using solar PV.