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Energy Access Reports — June 2015

Renewables 2015 Global Status Report, REN21

The 2015 GSR was just launched at the Vienna Energy Forum in Vienna. The report is the 10th annual edition of the world’s most frequently-referenced report on the global renewable energy market, industry, and policy landscape.


Renewable Energy Capacity Statistics 2015, IRENA

The world’s most comprehensive, up-to-date and accessible figures on renewable energy capacity have just been released by IRENA. This report, which includes figures from 2000 to 2014, contains 12,000 data points from more than 200 countries and territories. While capacity data is readily available for larger markets like China and Germany, information for smaller markets, like Small Island Developing States (SIDS), can be more difficult to find. The data reveals that renewable energy capacity has increased 120 per cent worldwide since 2000. While SIDS were not able to keep pace with this growth rate, the data finds that they did utilize a more diversified mix of renewable energy than other countries, including hydropower, bagasse, solar and wind power. Amongst SIDS themselves, notable trends include the rise of wind power in the Caribbean and a broader range of renewable energy developments in solar, wind and geothermal energy for Pacific SIDS. Another impressive trend gleaned from the data set is the growth in biogas, which was present in only 26 countries in 2000 and has now reached 63 countries worldwide. The full data set is continually updated in the knowledge and statistics section of IRENA’s knowledge portal REsource. Through this portal, users can compare countries and create and download their own data selections as charts, graphs or spreadsheet tables. It is also available for PDF download here.


Why Sustainable Energy Matters to Children: the critical importance of sustainable energy for children and future generations, UNICEF

Targeting mainly governments and development partners, this advocacy paper build on current efforts around sustainable development with the objective to bring forward the work on access to sustainable energy with a focus on children in developing countries. Based on recent literature and research, it first presents children’s specific energy needs and the state of the art in meeting these. The publication continues with an analysis of barriers that hamper children’s access to sustainable energy. It then provides three examples of successful sustainable energy interventions in Bangladesh, Burundi, and Uganda. The publication concludes with policy recommendations for key stakeholders in the energy sector to address these barriers.


Renewables and Electricity Storage, IRENA

This technology roadmap indicates priorities and points out specific actions where governments, industry and other stakeholders to work together to advance storage systems as part of the infrastructure for a sustainable energy future, with renewable sources and technologies dominating the power sector. The technology roadmap was released before an industry audience at Intersolar in Munich, Germany, on 9 June 2015. It came as the latest component of REmap 2030, IRENA’s global roadmap to double the share of renewables in the energy mix in time to avert catastrophic climate change. The roadmap is the product of four stakeholder workshops involving more than 200 electricity storage experts from 50 countries. Download the full storage roadmap here. Video interviews from the storage workshops can be found here.


Integrating Sphere Measurement Part II: Calibration, Technical Note Issue 21, Lighting Global

This Technical Note is the second in a series of three addressing the issue of proper testing equipment and techniques for LED lighting systems. The first in the series addressed the basics of Integrating Sphere Measurement. The Note is intended as a technical reference and staff teaching aid for laboratories involved in testing pico-powered lighting systems. Calibration and error correction are two key aspects of this testing and each is covered in detail.  The third and final Note in this series will look at low cost equipment choices for laboratories interested in performing photometric testing of these products.


Building Energy Access Markets: A Value Chain Analysis of Key Energy Market Systems, EUEI PDF (EU Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility) and Practical Action Consulting (PAC)

This new analytical framework seeks to conceptualize energy market systems through a systematic value-chain approach. This framework focuses on decentralized energy market systems such as electricity mini-grids, solar PV lanterns, solar home systems, biomass cookstoves and LPG stoves.
For further information about the publication, please contact Mr. Michael Franz.


 Off-Grid Power and Connectivity; Pay-As-You-Go Financing and Digital Supply Chains for Pico-Solar, Lighting Global & World Bank

Mobile money is dramatically accelerating uptake of clean energy solutions among cash-strained off-grid consumers in developing countries, according to this new study by the IFC/World Bank Lighting Global program. The in-depth analysis found that about15% of customers in one PAYG model paid for their purchase in full in less than 30 days, versus the available 70 loan days, strengthening the assertion that some buyers were using PAYG to overcome product trust barriers, over and above the finance barrier. The study established that mobile connectivity can burgeon successful delivery of good quality and trusted off-grid energy systems to retail markets.


How2Guide for Smart Grids in Distribution Networks, IEA

Smart grids present an important element in meeting the challenge to move toward sustainable energy infrastructure. Improving efficiency, facilitating integration of renewable energy sources and providing system resilience, flexibility and security are among the many substantial benefits that smart grid technologies can bring. This guide provides guidance on developing and implementing a national or regional smart grid roadmap, in mature and developing grids alike, walking stakeholders through the process, including: planning and preparation; visioning preparing the roadmap; implementation and monitoring.


Low Cost Electrification Technologies – A Handbook for Electrification Practitioners, EUEI PDF and the Africa Electrification Initiative (AEI)
This handbook aims to support practitioners at power utilities and rural energy agencies in developing cost-effective electrification approaches adapted to loading conditions in rural areas. The handbook reviews number of appropriate low-cost electrification approaches, tested in several countries as cost-effective solutions for providing electricity supply to low-load density rural areas. For more information about the handbook, please contact Mr. Niklas Hayek.


Developing Effective Off-Grid Lighting Policy – Guidance Note for Governments in Africa, UNEP & GOGLA

The purpose of this report is to provide strategic advice to policymakers within governments and regulatory agencies to accelerate the penetration of efficient off-grid lighting products. It includes an industry perspective on how various policy measures could stimulate growth of the efficient off-grid lighting market, accelerate access to efficient lighting and reduce the environmental impact of fuel-based lighting.


Power, People, Planet. Seizing Africa’s energy and climate opportunities, Africa Progress Panel

Renewable energy is at the forefront of the changes sweeping Africa, which is registering some of the most remarkable advances in solar, geothermal and wind power. With world leaders due to meet in Paris in December to settle on a new global climate change deal, Africa has a chance to show the way to a low-carbon future – while putting in place the policies needed to reduce its vulnerability to the effects of climate change. A “triple win” is within the region’s grasp, as renewable technologies create opportunities to increase agricultural productivity, improve resilience to climate change, and contribute to long-term reductions in dangerous carbon emissions. The Africa Progress Report 2015 explains the bold steps that leaders globally and in Africa must take to achieve this vision. Above all, the report shows that the global climate moment is also Africa’s moment – Africa’s moment to lead the world.


Turning the Lights on Sustainable Energy and Development in Vietnam, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

Over the past two decades, Vietnam has experienced rapid increase in production as well as consumption of energy, including a tenfold increase in the electricity production between 1990 and 2010. This publication highlights the key factors that have driven the progress in the energy sector in Vietnam. According to the report, Vietnam’s experience could serve as lessons for policy-makers in other countries that need to balance economic growth and poverty reductions with growing demand for energy and its sustainability.


Speaking truth to power: why energy distribution, more than generation, is Africa’s poverty reduction challenge, ODI

Energy is important to reduce poverty, but increasing electricity generation alone will not solve the problem. In this paper, ODI uncovers that most investment in electricity generation in Africa is not geared towards serving the basic energy needs of the poor, but is instead focused on providing power to growing industries and existing consumers. This paper, therefore, argues that tackling energy poverty will have less to do with ambitious expansion of electricity capacity, and more to do with ambitious distribution of energy services to poor people. A second key conclusion is that distributed, clean energy interventions – both renewable energy systems and clean cookstove technologies – are best suited to tackling energy poverty – and poverty more generally. It is here that we should be focusing energy investment, to tackle poverty and close Africa’s energy gap.