EAPN Newsletter – May 2015 — Top Stories

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World Needs Faster Progress on Sustainable Energy Goals, reports World Bank’s Global Tracking Framework 2015

The world is heading in the right direction to achieve universal access to sustainable energy by 2030 but must move faster, says the Global Tracking Framework 2015, which tracks the progress of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative.

The new report, “Progress Toward Sustainable Energy: Global Tracking Framework 2015,” finds that 1.1 billion people in the world still live without electricity and almost three billion still cook using solid fuels.

The report is the second in a series tracking the world’s progress toward SE4ALL’s three goals of universal energy access, doubled global rate of improvement in energy efficiency, and a doubled share of renewable energy in the global energy mix – all by 2030. While the first edition, released in 2013, measured progress between 1990 and 2010, this edition examines progress achieved from 2010 to 2012.

In that two year period, the number of people without access to electricity declined from 1.2 billion to 1.1 billion, a rate of progress much faster than the 1990-2010 period. Gains were concentrated in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, mainly in urban areas. The global electrification rate increased from 83 percent in 2010 to 85 percent in 2012.

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Energy Efficient Appliances for Off-Grid settings: Results from Global LEAP’s survey

A recent survey was conducted by the Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) initiative to better understand the global demand for DC and AC appliances well-suited to a range of off-grid applications. Global LEAP is a Clean Energy Ministerial initiative led by the U.S. Department of Energy, where UN Foundation serves as the secretariat. The survey of 239 energy access enterprises, including many Practitioner Network members, identified significant demand among consumers for lighting, mobile phone charging, televisions, radios, refrigeration, fans, and solar water pumps.

For healthcare applications, refrigeration, sterilizers/autoclaves, patient monitors, and portable ultrasound machines were consistently ranked as the top four off-grid clinical appliances, both in terms of anticipated demand and potential impact.

To learn more about the survey results, please see the full report here >>

IRENA: Half the world’s solar home systems are in Bangladesh

IRENA has released a new working paper, “Off-grid renewable energy systems: status and methodological issues,” which provides new insights into the status of renewable off-grid systems worldwide.

“Off-grid renewable energy systems are not only urgently needed to connect this vast number of people with a source of electricity, but are also most appropriate due to geographical constraints and costs for grid extension.”

Key findings of the report:
– Almost 26 million households — or an estimated 100 million people — are served through off-grid renewable energy systems.

– More than six million solar home systems are in operation worldwide, with three million in Bangladesh alone.

– 400 gigawatts (GW) of diesel capacity (>0.5 megawatts (MW)) are in operation, either in the form of industrial facilities and mines operating remotely, as back-up units where electricity supply is unreliable or as community mini-grids. 50 to 250 GW of the total installed diesel capacity could be hybridized with renewables, of which around 12 GW are located on islands.

Read the full report from IRENA here >>