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CEMG Tools & Resources – June 2016

ARE Launches Off-grid Job Platform
The Off-Grid Job Platform plays an important role in attracting talented and motivated individuals to work in the off-grid sector. This tool helps businesses to find the right candidates for their vacancies, for job seekers to find jobs that match their ambitions and for the sector as a whole to attract new talent.


Enabling Mini-Grid Development in Rural India
Using a comprehensive life-cycle cost analysis, this study finds that mini-grids are more economical than incumbent energy services available to households without central grid connections in India. Through a qualitative analysis, the study identifies the threat of central grid extension as the gateway barrier preventing mini-grid development in India. The issues associated with the gateway barrier have common elements with the so-called holdup problem as identified in the economics of organizations.


Electricity Beyond the Grid: Accelerating Access to Sustainable Power for All
This new report by Price Waterhouse Coopers indicates that existing stand-alone business models and mini-grid business models will transform into more connected smart off-grid energy systems with a substantially larger market size compared to those today. New business models driven by the development of mobile payment, data analytics and large battery systems will emerge and drive the transformation.


Power Up: Delivering Renewable Energy in Africa
An Economist Intelligence Unit report on renewable energy infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on solar and wind: Findings are based on desk research and expert interviews, and the report includes fieldwork in Nigeria, Zambia and Uganda.


Blockchain Technology Could Enable Next-Generation, Peer-to-Peer Energy Microgrids
The first paid energy transaction between two individuals happened on April 11 at President Street, Brooklyn, where a neighbor sold excess renewable energy from their solar rooftop installation to another neighbor.


Robust Optimization-Based Scheduling of Multi-Microgrids Considering Uncertainties
Scheduling of multi-microgrids (MMGs) is one of the important tasks in MMG operation, and it faces new challenges as the integration of demand response (DR) programs and renewable generation (wind and solar) sources increases. In order to address these challenges, robust optimization (RO)-based scheduling has been proposed, considering uncertainties in both renewable energy sources and forecasted electric loads.


Decentralized Renewable Hybrid Mini-Grids for Sustainable Electrification of the Off-Grid Coastal Areas of Bangladesh
The study investigates the hybrid renewable mini-grid approach as a possible solution for universal electricity access in Bangladesh. Using the Hybrid Optimisation of Multiple Energy Resources (HOMER) simulation model, the study, covering the whole coastal region of Bangladesh, shows that it is possible to offer a much better quality electricity for 12 h to 18 h a day for as low as USD 0.29–USD 0.31/kWh. Hybrid models suggested in this study can be replicated along the coastal belt and remote islands to obtain maximum diffusion of this technology and hence universal electrification.


Rural Electricity Access in South Asia: Is Grid Extension the Remedy? A Critical Review
Instead of considering each of the modes of electrification in a stand-alone manner and perceiving them as mutually exclusive or competing with one another, as usually occurs in the policy sphere, off-grid electrification can actually be considered as a complementary mode and should ideally be integrated with grid expansion to serve the bigger cause of ensuring universal and sustainable rural electrification in South Asia.


Li-ion energy Storage Takes Microgrids to the Next Level
Michael Lippert of Saft explains how micro-grids that combine diesel generators, renewable energy resources and lithium-ion (Li-ion) energy storage can enhance security of supply while reducing fuel costs and greenhouse gas emissions.


Rubagabaga Mini-Hydro Public-Private-Community Partnership Project: Baseline Data Analysis
This technical report provides an analysis of baseline data collected for the Rubagabaga Mini-Hydro Public-Private Community-Partnership (PPCP) Project in Western Province, Rwanda.


Greening India’s Financial Market: How Green Bonds Can Drive Clean Energy Deployment
Innovative financial mechanisms and institutions such as green bonds and green banks, respectively, which have proved successful on the state level and internationally, can help propel India’s solar and wind energy markets and support critical energy-saving efficiency and climate resilience projects.