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STRENGTHENING THE EU RESPONSE TO ENERGY POVERTY January 14, 2019

STRENGTHENING THE EU RESPONSE TO ENERGY POVERTY

Energy poverty in the European Union poses a distinct challenge across member states and requires tailored, targeted action. EU policymakers need to strengthen the response to energy poverty and engender action across member states, moving beyond the focus on vulnerable consumers in energy markets. January 14, 2019.

BANK ON THE BANKS December 31, 2018

BANK ON THE BANKS

Multilateral development banks, such as the World Bank, have been encouraging countries to invest more in green-energy technologies. Analysis of project data suggests their own renewable energy portfolios have also grown in step. December 31, 2018.

QATAR WILL LEAVE OPEC – HERE’S WHAT THIS MEANS December 6, 2018

QATAR WILL LEAVE OPEC – HERE’S WHAT THIS MEANS

Payne Institute Fellow Jeff D. Cogan reports on Is OPEC dead or alive? Oil markets watched closely this week as the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries worked with Russia to try to cut back production, which suggests the group still has some vitality. But earlier in the week, longtime member Qatar decided to quit OPEC. It’s the surprise move by Qatar that is a better indicator of the group’s situation. Here’s what these developments mean for OPEC — and the rest of the world. December 6, 2018.

THE WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS BLACK MARKETS October 9, 2018

THE WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS BLACK MARKETS

The oil market value is larger than the world’s valuable raw metal markets combined, with an annual production value of USD 1.7 trillion (compared to USD 660 billion for other commodities like gold, iron, copper, aluminum, and zinc). October 9, 2018.

HOW RENEWABLE ENERGY COULD FUEL FUTURE CONFLICTS October 8, 2018

HOW RENEWABLE ENERGY COULD FUEL FUTURE CONFLICTS

Renewable energy technologies promise to help our world avert some of the worst impacts of climate change. However, some of the minerals and metals they require could contribute to conflict.  October 8, 2018.

FACEBOOK AIMS FOR FOSSIL FUEL-FREE FUTURE August 28, 2018

FACEBOOK AIMS FOR FOSSIL FUEL-FREE FUTURE

Morgan Bazilian, executive director of the Payne Institute, was featured in a Financial Times article about Facebook’s plan to buy renewable energy to cover 100 percent of its electricity use by the end of 2020. August 28, 2018.

INTERACTION OF CONSUMER PREFERENCES AND CLIMATE POLICIES IN THE GLOBAL TRANSITION TO LOW-CARBON VEHICLES July 16, 2018

INTERACTION OF CONSUMER PREFERENCES AND CLIMATE POLICIES IN THE GLOBAL TRANSITION TO LOW-CARBON VEHICLES

Payne Fellow Keywan Riahi writes about the burgeoning demands for mobility and private vehicle ownership that undermines global efforts to reduce energy-related greenhouse gas emissions. Advanced vehicles powered by low-carbon sources of electricity or hydrogen offer an alternative to conventional fossil-fuelled technologies. Yet, despite ambitious pledges and investments by governments and automakers, it is by no means clear that these vehicles will ultimately reach mass-market consumers. July 16, 2018.

HOW MINI-GRIDS CAN POWER DISASTER RECOVERY: NEW ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES AND THE FUTURE OF HUMANITARIAN AID 11.9.2017

HOW MINI-GRIDS CAN POWER DISASTER RECOVERY: NEW ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES AND THE FUTURE OF HUMANITARIAN AID

The NGOs and international organizations in charge of the refugee camps rightly prioritize immediate needs—food, water, shelter, medical care—but, just as in Puerto Rico, even the most basic services are reliant on energy. As a result, the sustainable and reliable provision of energy services needs to be at the top of first responders’ list of priorities. November 9, 2017.

 

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