An innovation-focused roadmap for a sustainable global photovoltaic industry

February, 2014
Energy Policy

recent study by Cheng Zheng and Prof. Dan Kammen, published in the journal Energy Policy, examines the status of innovation in the photovoltaic (PV) industry and developes a set of policy recommendations for building a sustainable global PV industry going forward. More information of this work can be found on the project webpage.

Kampung Capacity: Local Solutions for Sustainable Rural Energy in the Baram River Basin, Sarawak, Malaysia

October, 2013
RAEL Report

Limited energy access constrains the opportunities of up to 1.5 billion people worldwide. Most rural villages in East Malaysia are not grid connected, and rely heavily on high-cost diesel fuel for electricity and transportation. State plans for a series of mega-dams have dramatically raised the profile of these communities and the stakes in local energy services versus a larger development agenda. We examine village energy access in the Baram Basin, Malaysia using a hybrid energy resource optimization framework. We find least cost options for energy services come from a mixture of locally managed small-scale hydroelectricity, biogas generators and accompanying batteries. 

Kosovo to focus on renewable energy resources

July, 2013
SETimes.com

In order to enable low-carbon, sustainable energy development in line with EU requirements, Kosovo should promote the use of renewable energy resources, officials said.

Coal is currently used to generate about 90 percent of the electricity consumed in Kosovo, and is a key contributor to high carbon dioxide levels and pollution.

With the adoption of the Energy Secretariat Ministerial Council's decision on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources in December 2012, Kosovo committed to making 25 percent of its energy from renewable resources by 2020.

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"It would be unrealistic to envisage complete electricity production from coal thermo power plants with renewables. And we have to take into account that all renewable resources, except big hydro power plants, still need a subsidy scheme. Subsidies have to be bigger if the price of electricity is going to be below the production costs," Janez Kopac, director of the Energy Community Secretariat, told SETimes.

If Only Renewable Energy Had a Smaller ‘But’

August, 2013
Pacific Standard

Wind and solar remain small components of the U.S. energy portfolio, but two new data points out this week suggest they’re starting to to hit their stride.

Renewable energy always seems to get a “but” whenever it comes up in discussion about American energy sources. As in, “It would be nice, but…” it’s impractical, unreliable, or just too small a piece of the puzzle to really matter. As nuclear safety engineer Homer Simpson prayed one Thanksgiving: “And Lord, we are especially thankful for nuclear power, the cleanest, safest energy source there is. Except for solar, which is just a pipe dream.”