An Interview with Dan Kammen on Climate Spectator

September, 2011
Climate Spectator
It all sounds a little utopian and improbable, but Dan Kammen, the chief technical specialist for renewable energy and energy efficiency for the World Bank, says island and remote communities, particularly in developing countries, are proving to be excellent testing grounds on how to achieve 100 per cent clean energy outcomes. The high price of fossil fuels in these countries allows the technology to be available sooner, and many have no other options.

“Getting to 10 and 20 per cent renewables has proved very doable, but how do you get to 80, 90, 100 per cent where you’ve really got to deal with integration issues? And what we’re seeing in many island communities, and also many isolated non islands that look like islands from a power perspective, is that good management of the system, integrating efficiency and renewables, finding ways to back up your clean generation; those lessons translate to countries rich and poor around the world.”

Here's what else Kammen had to say in an interview with Climate Spectator while in Australia for the Ecogen 2011 conference and for some work with the Climate Commission:

read the whole interview here

Dan Kammen highlights the value of renewable energies

September, 2011
The Sydney Morning Herald
Dan Kammen presentation at Australia's Ecogen conference were reported by the Sydney Morning Herald:

"[...] World Bank renewable energy specialist Dan Kammen told the Ecogen conference there were major economic opportunities for developed economies to partner with China in building and selling renewable energy technology.

Mr Kammen said there had been too much focus on the “intense battle” being waged publicly by skeptics of human-caused climate change.

Even without helping to combat climate change, he said promoting renewable energy with policies including feed-in tariffs would increase energy security, business profitability and promote jobs growth.

Organisers said the conference, which ends tomorrow, was being held at a “critical time” for the clean energy industry."

Awards for Change: How prizes can help us achieve energy goals

September, 2011
Development in a Changing Climate Blog
What will it take to foster and spread the ideas and practices needed for sustainable development? One thing that has stirred innovative thinking are the positive results of recent prize competitions.

Perhaps the most notable of these – so far – has been the Ansari X Prize. The Ansari X Prize was a space competition in which the X Prize Foundation offered a US$10 million reward for the first non-government organization to launch the same reusable manned spacecraft into space twice within two weeks. It was modeled after early 20th-century aviation prizes, and aimed to spur development of low-cost spaceflight. There is real brilliance in this idea, but in the specific terms of the prize, which prompted other competitors – each of whom spent far more than the prize money. The prize, claimed by Scaled Composites in 2004 for its Tier One project launched or accelerated a diverse portfolio of private space ventures, “spaceports”, and an industry now worth billions.

More (and Targeted) Financing Needed to Expand Energy Access

July, 2011
Development in a Changing Climate Blog
Energy poverty cripples development prospects. Where people don’t have access to modern energy services, like reliable electricity, their ability to earn a livelihood is sabotaged. That’s why UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called — admirably — for “a revolution that makes energy available and affordable for all” in 2012, designated the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All.