The United Nations, following the objectives of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative, has the goal that all the planet's inhabitants will receive electricity service in their homes and sustainably by 2030. This measure, together with others, responds to the understanding that energy is a key element for human development and that it can help those who don’t have it … [Read more...] about Universal Access to Electricity: How Much Power is Enough?
Electricity Generation and Losses by Source in Chile, 2012 Perhaps most surprising fact is that wood is the second source of electricity in Chile. Look at the electricity generation mix of Chile in 2012* which uses data from the International Energy Agency. Of the energy consumed in the process of electricity generation, coal accounts for 37% and wood for 24%. Gas accounts … [Read more...] about Did You Know That Coal is the Primary Source of Electricity in Chile?
*This post was first published in The Guardian. Energy efficiency provides the cleanest, cheapest, and quickest solution to meet worldwide energy demand. Long-term energy scenarios developed by the International Energy Agency assign energy efficiency the largest role in reducing carbon emissions to mitigate climate change. This role is much greater than all other means … [Read more...] about Smart Solutions put Energy Efficiency in the Spotlight in Latin America
Welcome to “Energy for the Future,” the IDB Energy Division blog for sharing innovative ideas about energy in Latin America and the Caribbean. One of the most pressing issues of our time is how to provide sustainable and affordable energy options and invest in infrastructure that will maintain a high quality of life for future generations at the lowest cost. … [Read more...] about Welcome to Energy for the Future
Recent market signals show a correlation between low oil prices and negative impacts on the renewables industry. The clearest example that has arisen in recent months is with manufacturers of solar technology in developed countries like the United States or even in China, whose shares have lost their market value at the same rate as the shares of companies in the industry oil. … [Read more...] about Falling Oil Prices: A Setback or a Blessing for Renewables?