India’s energy system faces the triple challenge of meeting growing demand, cutting pollution and offering more than 300m people not connected to the power grid access to modern energy.

India’s energy system faces the triple challenge of meeting growing demand, cutting pollution and offering more than 300m people not connected to the power grid access to modern energy.

A new World Bank study outlines how Sub-Saharan Africa’s struggling power utilities can be financially viable and at the same time make electricity access affordable for the poor.

The number of people without access to electricity is estimated at more than a billion, while almost 2.9 billion still rely on traditional, unsustainable biomass sources such as firewood for cooking and heating. About 80% of those lacking modern energy access live in rural areas, which also host more than 70% of the world’s poor.

The East African Community (EAC) is the second largest single regional market in Africa and economically one of the fastest growing regions in sub-Saharan Africa. The report reveals that the off-grid market is firmly established in the region and that the mini/micro-grid sector is also attracting significant investment.

Africa has abundant renewable energy resources. Traditionally reliant on hydropower, the continent is turning to solar photovoltaics (PV) to bolster energy security and support rapid economic growth in a sustainable manner.

The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) published and presented a special report for the Asian Regional Policy Dialogue (ARPD), which took place on September 7, 2016 during Global Green Growth Week (GGGWeek2016).

Access to electricity is vital for socio-economic development. But power cannot be extended to everyone solely through national electricity grids. Off-grid renewable energy solutions are crucial to achieve universal access to electricity.

A new report from WWF highlights important signs that an unstoppable global energy transition is underway. As leaders of the world’s biggest economies get set to meet in China, G20 and other governments need to recognise that energy is evolving and that they should take the action required to maintain momentum.

Promotion of competition in the electricity industry in India is one of the key objectives of the Electricity Act, 2003. Power purchase costs constitute the largest cost element for distribution licensees.

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