Ripple Effects of War Exacerbate Energy Prices and Jeopardize Universal Access and Just Transition
Power for All’s Matuba Mhlatajie discusses the ongoing Russian war against Ukraine and its impact on energy access and just transition in the global south with Angelo Fick, the Director of Research at Auwal Socio-Economic Research Institute and Kalnisha Singh, founding director of KD Strategies.
Charting Path to COP27: New and Old Challenges and Hope for Permanent Solutions
Energy sector leaders, politicians and activists voice their hopes for the upcoming COP27 to be held in Egypt in November. The rallying call is on climate finance. There is an urgent need for financial support to rebuild and better protect the nations most impacted by climate change.
Enhancing Post-Harvest Operations with Renewable Energy to Minimize Food Loss and Wastage
September 29 is the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste 2022. Marking its third year, the day was set aside to create global awareness and encourage people and organizations to work together to cut food loss and waste in an effort to mitigate climate change and boost food security and nutrition.
Blockchain is in the spotlight this month and you will get to know of its potential in the battle against energy poverty. Blockchain can be a game-changer in accelerating the scaling of innovations to increase energy access to the millions of people rural communities living in Africa and Asia living without access to reliable power.
Neither centralized nor decentralized energy is purpose-built to end energy poverty at scale, alone. Integrated energy approach through public private partnerships can accelerate energy access, through faster and lower-cost electrification, and advance productive use of energy. However, regulatory and finance interventions are needed to transform national energy systems into robust networks that deliver reliable, affordable, universal access for all.
Over 50 years ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that access to quality health services is a fundamental human right. This declaration is echoed by SDG 3 (“Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”). However, today only half of the global population has access to health care.
African healthcare officials describe the urgent need for much greater support for electrifying rural healthcare facilities, calling the situation an emergency because of COVID-19.
Jharkhand Renewable Energy Development Agency (JREDA) unveiled the "Jharkhand State Solar Policy 2022" on July 5, 2022, outlining its vision to bring solar energy closer to the local communities, businesses, and industries. The policy aims to achieve 4000 MW of solar power capacity across a variety of applications by 2027.
According to a recent household survey by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, only 57% of Ugandans have access to any form of electricity. Of these, 19% and 38% were connected to the grid and off-grid power, respectively. Most of those without access to electricity are in rural areas where over 75% of the households reside and depend on agriculture as their main source of income.
Clean Network has recently published the State of the Sector report, and it shows that the Decentralized Renewable Energy (DRE) sector in India, with policy and financing support, is poised to bounce back from the sluggish growth of the past year.
Power for All looks into the role India needs to play in ending energy poverty by increasing investments in decentralised renewable energy sector.
To be successful, the energy transition will require a generational transition as well. New ideas, new leadership, and new opportunities depend on putting young people at the center of shaping the future of energy systems in Africa and Asia. The time for business-as-usual approaches is ending, as we take the first steps toward the next energy generation and a new legacy.