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REEEP has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), an entity managed and operated by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy LLC for the US Department of Energy. The MoU commits the two organisations to collaborating closely in the field of linked open energy data.
A recent REEEP project looked into building a business case for rural integrated energy service utilities (IEU) in several African countries. The basic idea was to look at how a rural utility there could supply on-grid, off-grid and thermal energy needs in rural communities in a way that could present a viable business model. The project budget was €114,850.
China’s existing buildings have an area in excess of 43 billion square metres. Most of them have poor insulation properties and less efficient heating/air conditioning systems than is the case with buildings in developed countries.
On October 21, 2009 the Congress’ Alternative Energy Sources Commission convened a hearing at which it approved a reform to Brazil’s current renewable energy legislation.
A single loan for approximately €1.4 million will support the development of jatropha nursery plantations, to raise seedlings for distribution to over 26,000 farmers in six states in India. This transaction, developed by YES Bank Ltd (YBL) is the second one to close under a finance bundling project that is executed in partnership by YBL and Environment Energy and Enterprise Ventures (e3V), with some financial support from REEEP.
Vulnerable groups and communities of poor end-users in Brazil, the groups who are most drastically affected by energy policy, should be much more actively involved in decision-making during its development, according to the Brazilian Electricity Governance Initiative (EGI) team.
South Africa is a powerhouse of the African continent, but its growth in demand for energy is outstripping supply. This makes it one of the first in the world to look seriously at the widescale adoption of a renewable energy technology, solar water heating (SWH), as a mechanism for coping with a mismatch between energy supply and demand.
Thanks to a REEEP project, cash-poor Pacific island villagers who often have no access to banking systems are able to trade cassava, dalo, bananas and other crops as payments for an LED solar lighting system to replace kerosene lanterns. This also leads to a considerable savings in fuel costs: in the Solomon Islands, kerosene will cost a typical household the equivalent of about €0.63 per day, while the value of the crops traded for solar LED amounts to less than half that, at €0.28 per day.
As the demand for energy in southern Africa booms, the importance of managing the demand side is increasingly seem to be as important as the actual expansion of generating capacity. This is mirrored in numerous Energy Ministries across the region, who are charged with developing legislation and regulations for energy efficiency measures.
On 17 June 2009, Kazakhstan’s Parliament passed the final amendments to a Law on the Use of Renewable Energy Sources, which establishes a full regulatory framework for renewables in that country: the result of a REEEP-funded project implemented by UNDP.
One single transaction worth nearly 15 million Euros has successfully bundled 25,000 farming households across the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan together in a deal to finance the purchase of energy-efficient drip irrigation systems, with a loan averaging about 594 Euros per household.
IDEAAS used REEEP funding to develop the Center for Learning on Renewable Energy and Decentralized Generation, which provides a basis for the two projects that have won the Itaú Bank 'Ecomudança Award' (Eco Change Award) and 'Fundo Itaú de Excelência Social' (Itaú Fund for Social Excellence 2008). Itaú Bank is the largest Brazilian Private Bank, and interested in projects on renewable energy and CO² Emissions Saving.
Small amounts of REEEP funding can transform the lives of the poor. This is the message in seven encouraging case studies from SELCO India, a REEEP partner that has used funding to remove financial barriers and test finance and product innovation at the grassroots level. In the process, it has refuted many general assumptions about the affordability of renewable energy services targeted at the poor.
A literature review on Integrated Rural Energy Utilities (IREUs) published by Restio Energy Ltd as part of a REEEP-funded project suggests an IREU would make sense in each of the countries reviewed and that there is a strong interest from various parties in Uganda to continue with development.
The clean energy portal www.reegle.info has been awarded Outstanding Achievement in Web Development by the WebAwards 2011, held by the Web Marketing Association (WMA).
The dramatic hill town of Enna, Sicily was the setting for the concluding Workshop event for the ECATS (energy efficiency cap and trade) project. The REEEP-funded initiative, led by Professor Giovanni Tesoriere and his team at the Università Kore di Enna, developed a proposed institutional framework for a cap and trade system, particularly focussing on the energy situation in Tunisia.
Sustainable Energy Regulation Network (SERN) is a REEEP-funded strategic initiative that produces extensive, in-depth studies on how policy and regulatory mechanisms promote and accelerate the development of sustainable energy. SERN is co-ordinated by researchers at University College London - Energy Institute in the UK.
Against the background of the slow progress at COP15, two panel discussions organised by ClimateOne and REEEP highlighted the importance of sub-national states, provinces, cities and private business in meeting the climate change challenge.
In January 2010, the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) of India announced renewable energy certificate (REC) norms in an attempt to encourage investments in the renewable energy sector. A REEEP-funded project together with IREDA is currently working to outline the specifics of the implementation.