Category: Knowledge Centre

Distributed PV Price and Design Trends in US: Report

Berkeley Lab’s annual Tracking the Sun report describes trends among grid-connected, distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in the United States. The latest edition of the report focuses on systems installed through year-end 2021, and is based on data from roughly 2.5 million systems. New to the report this year is an expanded coverage of paired PV-plus-storage systems, including details on system design and pricing trends.

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ASEAN Energy Outlook 2020 – 2050: Report

This 7th edition of ASEAN Energy Outlook reports the latest status of ASEAN’s energy landscape. It also projects multiple realistic futures to gather insights for exploring a more challenging time ahead. Using historical data from 2005 to 2020, the report forecasts the ASEAN energy system until 2050. As with its predecessors, AEO7 complements the ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC) 2016–2025 Phase II: 2021–2025

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Mini Grids for Half a Billion people: World Bank Handbook

Solar mini grids can provide high-quality uninterrupted electricity to nearly half a billion people in unpowered or underserved communities and be a least-cost solution to close the energy access gap by 2030. But to realize the full potential of solar mini grids, governments and industry must work together to systemically identify mini grid opportunities, continue to drive costs down, and overcome barriers to financing, says a new World Bank report.

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Desert to Power Progress Report 2021

Creating the foundation for transforming the G5 Sahel countries from power fragility to power resilience by establishing sustainable and widespread energy supplies aptly summarises the objectives of 2021 for the Desert to Power (DtP) Initiative. This progress report by the African Development Bank for the G5 Sahel countries covers January to December 2021. It highlights progress made towards the five, key priority objectives for 2021 and outlines emerging priorities for 2022.

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A path out of the gas crisis for UK: Report

This report by Ember sets out a potential pathway the UK could take to drastically reduce gas consumption in the power sector by 2030. It analyses cost savings from a timely transition from gas to a clean power system, as well as discussing energy security considerations and recommendations for policy support. Ember’s own power sector model is described and compared against other leading studies on the UK’s energy transition.

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National Clean Hydrogen Strategy and Roadmap: US DOE

In November 2021, Congress passed, and President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (Public Law 117-58), also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). This historic, once-in-a-generation legislation authorizes and appropriates $62 billion for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), including $9.5 billion for clean hydrogen. This draft report by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) sets forth the “DOE National Clean Hydrogen Strategy and Roadmap.”

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US Power Shift Report

To live up to its potential, today’s aging grid needs strategic investment and careful stewardship. So that it can become more sustainable and resilient. To remain reliable even as it leans more heavily on weather dependent energy sources. To meet customers’ insatiable demand for the electricity to power their electronics and appliances and increasingly, vehicles and industrial processes. To better withstand extreme weather.

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Energy Charter Treaty: E3G Briefing

Given the necessity to grow non-fossil energy investment in Europe to handle the current crisis and the urgency to act on climate change, the EU and UK cannot afford a treaty that limits their agency in driving the necessary change. They must thus agree on a coordinated withdrawal from the Treaty. This E3G briefing explores what is needed for the ECT to be aligned with the Paris Agreement and why the reform still falls short.

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Paper on Accelerating Offshore Wind Power in Japan

This recommendation paper summarizes the measures needed to ensure fair competition and create a stable, transparent business environment, focusing primarily on issues related to the zone designation system and project developer selection system. The recommendations stem from discussions with offshore wind power developers in various positions.

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2031 Ten-Year Energy Expansion Plan: Brazil

The Ten-Year Energy Expansion Plan (PDE) is an annual informative document elaborated by the EPE under the guidelines and support of the staff of the Secretariat of Energy Planning and Development (SPE) and the Secretariat of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuel (SPG), both at Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME), Brazil.

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Climate Finance for Just Transitions: Briefing

This paper “Climate Finance for Just Transitions: Building Low-Carbon Development Pathways in an Age of US-China Rivalry” by the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability investigates challenges throughout the international climate finance landscape and recommends pathways for how investments into low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) can more effectively drive low-carbon development. 

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Roadmap for Net Zero Emissions in Indonesia: IEA Report

Indonesia, a member of the IEA family since 2015, has committed to reach net zero emissions by 2060 or before – an ambitious task given the country’s growth objectives and status as a globally important consumer and producer of coal. To assist in this critical task, the IEA – at the request of the Government of Indonesia and to coincide with Indonesia’s Presidency of the G20 – has developed a comprehensive roadmap to net zero by 2060 for the country.

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Clean Energy Technology and US Industrial Policy: Report

Although the United States was an early leader in clean energy R&D and continues to make major technological advances, it has, over time, fallen behind in the commercialization and manufacturing of the technologies developed domestically. This study reviews U.S. industrial policy for clean energy sectors and argues that other economies have more frequently used proactive industrial policies to support the development of domestic clean energy technology industries.

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Green Levies in UK: Briefing

The new UK Prime Minister’s most urgent task is to deal with the unprecedented rise in energy bills scheduled for October. Long-term energy security solutions like energy efficiency, new renewables, and the electrification of heating and industrial processes will be essential. But lowering bills quickly is the most critical concern. This E3G briefing outlines how the government can remove levies from bills without damaging important fuel poverty programmes or investor confidence.

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Corporate PPA Trends in Japan

This information package put together the latest trends of corporate PPAs in Japan. Typical contract structures for On-site, Physical and Virtual PPAs applicable in the Japanese electricity systems are presented. The features, benefits and issues of each type of contract are summarized in addition to cost comparisons with regular tariffs. New policies such as Feed-in Premium are covered in terms of making corporate PPAs effectively.

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Climate and Energy Implication of US Crypto-Assets: Report

The Executive Order directed the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), in coordination with other federal agencies, to produce a report on the climate and energy implications of crypto-assets in the United States. OSTP assembled an interdisciplinary team of experts to assess and extend existing studies with new analysis, based on peer-reviewed studies and the best available data.

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Africa Climate Action Performance Report

The report compares Africa’s climate action with the rest of the world by contrasting differences in climate action and development levels. It classifies climate action by four criteria: per capita greenhouse gas emissions, per capita CO2 emissions from fossil fuel consumption, carbon cost of growth, and the rate of per capita energy use relative to a critical minimum.

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Green Steel in Europe: Paper

Greater attention is now being paid to the so-called hard-to-abate sectors such as steel. The 2020s offers a perfect opportunity for the steel industry to transition in Europe. 74% of EU steel blast furnace capacity needs reinvestment by 2030, and blast furnaces have a life span of decades. Coming investment cycles will lock plants into a specific production process. Policymakers must guide industry and investors onto a climate-aligned pathway for steel.

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Solar & Agri-Food Value Chain in Hindukush region: IRENA Report

This IRENA report seeks to identify viable decentralised solar PV solutions to power key food value chains that are common across all eight countries of the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan. The solar PV-based solutions suggested here have been designed based on proof-of-concept, deployed systems for similar farming processes.

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