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Jonathan Phillips was among four experts who shared a breadth of options with the World Economic Forum for new solutions to the energy transition.
Agriculture value chains are critical for climate-resilient development. So why are agtech companies unable to attract climate finance to accelerate scale-up, and what’s needed to mobilize agtech investment in low- and middle-income countries? A team from the James E. Rogers Energy Access Project at Duke write about potential solutions in a post for The Brookings Institution's Future Development blog.
The Energy Access Project at Duke has received a new gift from M.A. Rogers to boost its work developing sustainable energy policy and market solutions in emerging economies. The organization was established in 2017 through an earlier gift from Rogers and her late husband Jim, the former CEO and chairman of the board of Duke Energy. It will adopt a new name in Jim’s memory: the James E. Rogers Energy Access Project at Duke.
In developing countries, reliable energy access for health facilities is essential to maintain cold storage for COVID-19 vaccines. Rob Fetter and Cyrus Sinai write for The Conversation about how solar power could provide a solution in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Bass Connections program offers Duke students of all schools and levels an opportunity to collaborate on research addressing nuanced societal challenges. Guided by Duke faculty, students gain experience applying knowledge, research, and skills in interdisciplinary projects. Most project teams collaborate with partners outside Duke, including companies and government agencies.
Jonathan Phillips and Victoria Plutshack co-authored a new report "Lessons for Modernizing Energy Access Finance, Part 2 – Balancing Competition and Subsidy: Assessing Mini-Grid Incentive Programs in Sub-Saharan Africa" reviewing 20 mini-grid incentive programs in sub-Saharan Africa, 17 of which are still being implemented. A new blog post at Brookings summarizes their findings.
COVID-19 has led to the postponement of next month’s international climate talks at the annual Conference of the Parties (COP) to November 2021. In a post for the Brookings Institution's Future Development blog, Victoria Plutshack and four co-authors look at Chile’s ambitious voluntary coal retirement scheme as an example of how informal conversations between international stakeholders at COPs can become leverage for policy change at home.
As revenue-starved utilities and governments search for places to save money in the pandemic-induced recession, investments in things like maintenance, infrastructure upgrades, and improved metering technology are getting shelved. Yet these are essential tools of utilities to increase reliability, reduce losses, and shift the culture of bill non-payment that has made the power sector Africa’s Achilles heel and slowed development for decades, write Jonathan Phillips, Robyn Meeks, and Victoria Plutshack.
Twelve graduate student teams have been selected to compete virtually for $15,000 in prize money during the 8th annual 2020 Energy in Emerging Markets Case Competition, one of the signature events of Energy Week at Duke to be held Nov. 9–12. The competition is organized by the Duke MBA Energy Club and sponsored by the Energy Access Project at Duke.