The crisis caused by the coronavirus reminds us of modern society's dependence on electricity. This reliance is particularly evident in hospitals where electricity is needed to operate fans, refrigerators and other medical equipment; for communication between society and government; for production continuity (through teleworking schemes; education through online studies; and … [Read more...] about Challenges of the energy sector within the Coronavirus crisis
Energy is key for economic development. Oil, gas, and electricity serve as an important input for transport and industry processes. Electricity is essential for household’s well-being, and commercial activities. Moreover, the quality of most public services, such as health and education, rely on electricity. Historically, demand growth is coupled with economic development. … [Read more...] about Energy transition and economic development: a challenge or an opportunity for Brazil?
An ongoing concern that the world is nowhere near achieving its carbon reduction goals is part of today’s global public policy agenda. Among the factors explaining the rise of carbon emissions are new investments in coal burning plants, and the advanced age of the existing coal power plants in developed economies. In 2015, global investments on coal power plants were over … [Read more...] about After the investment is done, fossil fuel plants will keep running for a while
The price of solar energy has been dropping dramatically during last 20 years and the projections suggest that it will maintain that trend in the coming years. In a near future, solar energy in Suriname will be cheaper than the electricity coming conventional fossil fuel plants. According to the International Renewable Energies Agency (IRENA) the global weighted average … [Read more...] about What is the future of Solar energy in Suriname?
"How to turn on the light in Haiti" (available in Spanish) tells the story of a successful rural electrification program in Haiti, a program that could be implemented in other rural areas of Latin America and the Caribbean. … [Read more...] about How to Turn on the Lights in Haiti