PRESS RELEASE | Contact GAELLE GOURMELON | For release: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Although access to energy services remains severely constrained in the region, renewables and energy efficiency measures contribute to improved access
Washington, D.C.—The ECOWAS Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report, produced collaboratively by REN21 and ECREEE with lead authorship from the Worldwatch Institute, provides a regional perspective on the renewable energy and energy efficiency market and industry development in West Africa. (…)
“This report presents countries undergoing rapid change, including in the energy sector,” says Alexander Ochs, Director of the Worldwatch Institute’s Climate and Energy Program. “While we are witnessing important projects throughout the region, most ECOWAS countries are just starting to make use of the enormous renewable energy potentials at their doorsteps—and on their roofs, too. With national policies and regional cooperation just taking shape, the big renewable energy boom in West Africa is yet to come. An economically, socially, and environmentally prosperous Africa can only be built on the foundation of a sustainable energy system.”
Please find the full press release and link to the report [here].
PRESS RELEASE Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Worldwatch Institute researchers contribute to leading global study on renewable energy development.
Washington, D.C.—-Renewable energy technologies set new installation records as their contribution to the global energy mix continued to climb in 2013. Renewable power capacity jumped more than 8 percent in 2013, accounting for over 56 percent of net additions and now has the potential to account for over a fifth of world electricity generation. These are some of the findings of the latest edition of the annual Renewables Global Status Report, released by the Paris-based Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21). The report is the product of a collaborative effort of an international network of more than 500 contributors, researchers, and authors. (…)
“Renewables are one of the most important tools in this century for social, economic, and environmental progress,” says Alexander Ochs, director of climate and energy at Worldwatch. “The paradigm that being dirty is good for the green in your pocket is eroding. This report demonstrates that we can overcome the political barriers and vested interests still in the way of a smarter, safer, and healthier world.”
Best Practices in Gathering and Using Energy Data for LEDS Development
Recording of Webinar Presentation here: LEDS-GP_140410
Accessible, reliable, and up-to-date data is a critical factor in Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) energy planning. Unfortunately, policymakers often struggle with significant data gaps. This webinar presents an overview of the importance of energy data collection, best practices, and strategies for linking data collection and LEDS development processes. This is the first of a series of webinars organized by the LEDS GP Energy Working Group. The webinar series features insights and experiences drawn from the Energy Working Group’s diverse membership.
- Alexander Ochs, Worldwatch Institute
- Laura Williamson, REN21
- Eder Semedo, ECREEE
- Nicola Bugatti, ECREEE.
More information on the Energy Working Group of the LEDS GP can be found here: http://en.openei.org/wiki/LEDSGP/sector/energy. Worldwatch currently runs the secretariat of the EWG and Alexander Ochs acts as its chair.
Presented by Clean Energy Solutions Center, REN21, and Leonardo Energy | September 4, 2012
[Please find my presentation, given jointly with my colleague Evan Musolino, HERE]
The Worldwatch Institute cordially invites you to attend a discussion on the state of renewable energy worldwide.
Policy Briefing: REN21’s Global Status Report
U.S. Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ)
U.S. Representative Edward Markey (D-MA)
Mohamed T. El-Ashry
REN21 Committee Chairman
Worldwatch’s Director of Climate and Energy