Tag Archives: energy

How Off-grid Renewable Energy Can Power Tanzania

The East African country of Tanzania faces a serious electrification challenge. Only 2 percent of rural households have access to electricity, and most of the rural population relies on expensive, hazardous, and low-quality fuels such as kerosene for lighting and charcoal for cooking. Access to electricity and other modern energy services is fundamentalContinue Reading ››

The Dominican Republic Committed to Cutting Carbon Emissions 50 Percent: Why is it Building Coal Plants?

Worldwatch created a roadmap for a clean energy future in the Dominican Republic. One year later, we look at how far the country has come—and where work remains. Just over one year ago, the Worldwatch Institute launched its Sustainable Energy Roadmap for the Dominican Republic, the third and final such report in a multi-year … Continue Reading ››

Interview: CARICOM Energy Chief Devon Gardner on the Caribbean Energy Future

Worldwatch’s Alexander Ochs met with Dr. Devon Gardner during the Renewable Energy and Efficiency Week 2016 in Berlin, Germany. Devon is Programme Manager for Energy and Head of the Energy Unit at the Secretariat of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). He is also a member of the preparatory team of the Caribbean Centre … Continue Reading ››

The Future of Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean

This Saturday marks the first anniversary of the launch of the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS) Baseline Report and Assessment. In the coming weeks, Worldwatch will publish a series of blogs and interviews commemorating its Sustainable Energy Roadmaps for the Caribbean region, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Continue Reading ››

Moving Beyond the Generation Fixation: Grid Transformation Key to Delivering on Paris

Attending the annual BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2016 launch event in June, I watched BP Chief Economist Spencer Dale invoke lessons from history. “Even if renewables continue to grow faster than any other energy technology in history,” he said, “we are unlikely to meet carbon emissions reductions targets set in Paris last … Continue Reading ››

Argentina’s Renewables Reboot: The Good, the Not-So-Good, and the Unknown

There’s a palpable feeling of excitement and renewed vigor whenever Argentina’s economy is discussed nowadays. What does this mean for the country’s renewable energy sector? Argentina is entering a new phase of political and economic reform. Recently elected President Mario Macri’s moves to court international investor and business communities have struck the right notes, and Argentina-related … Continue Reading ››

Three Reasons the Energy Transition Is a Bumpy Ride

The energy world is changing fast. Investments in renewable energy are outpacing investments in traditional energy. But both traditional power providers and startups are struggling to find viable business models for an industry in transition. Among the first to feel the sweeping changes in the energy sector were utilities in developed countries that have a high share of … Continue Reading ››

Changing Climate, Changing China

What does China’s climate commitment mean for the world? Within the last year, the world has made pivotal commitments toward greenhouse gas mitigation and climate change adaptation. The international community has agreed on both Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved by 2030 and emissions reduction goals under the Paris Agreement on climate change … Continue Reading ››

What is the Energy Future of Cities? 5 Expert Insights

Can cities shift their systems and structures to become sustainable? This is the first of two exclusive sneak peeks into our newest State of the World publication, Can a City Be Sustainable?, scheduled for official release on May 10, 2016. Join us for the launch symposium in Washington, D.C. or livestream online.Continue Reading ››

In Renewable Energy Deployment, Keep the Project Front and Center

My experience working on renewable energy issues in Latin America and the Caribbean since the mid-1990s has provided me a unique vantage point from which to review and comment on trends affecting the industry. In my career, I have gained insights from both the development and financing sides of projects, from the perspective of project … Continue Reading ››