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Recently Published Asia-Pacific Renewable Energy Assessment Available through the Clean Energy Solutions Center

The just-released Asia-Pacific Renewable Energy Assessment (APREA) report provides an overview of the current and possible future costs of renewable electricity generation, as well as renewable generation integration issues, in China, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Australia. Prepared by Australia’s Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics (BREE) with input from Clean Energy Solutions Center subject matter experts, the report is now available on the Clean Energy Solutions Center website

Costs of Renewable Generation 

Transparent and consistently developed estimates of the cost of new electricity technologies can support informed investment decisions related to the choice of generation technologies as well as systems development and management. They can also help to determine how new electricity generation capacity competes against existing capacity, and which technologies may emerge in the future. The report’s assessment of levelized costs of electricity generation (LCOE) found that: 

  • India and China have the lowest generation costs for most renewable energy technologies, followed by South Korea and Australia. 
  • India has the lowest LCOE for onshore wind, solar photovoltaic (PV), biomass, and solar thermal electricity.
  • Small- and large-scale hydropower technologies represent the lowest-cost technologies in most countries; small hydropower technology is cheapest in China, and large hydropower technology is cheapest in South Korea. 
  • In Australia, electricity generated from onshore wind and biomass resources are the lowest-cost electricity amongst all types of renewable technologies. 
  • Cost estimates by technology suggest that generation is cheapest for biomass in India, geothermal in Indonesia, onshore wind in India, solar PV in India, solar thermal in India, and offshore wind in China. 

Issues for Renewables Integration 

China, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Australia have all made significant progress with establishing renewable energy policies, measures, and investment. These countries also share experience with a variety of technical and policy issues related to the integration of renewables into existing electricity networks: 

  • Technical constraints, load balancing, and frequency control issues (on weaker grids) imposed by limitations in existing grid structures and capacities. 
  • Operational difficulties arising from inadequate renewable electricity generation forecasting, market design or management issues, and the availability and coordination of ancillary services. 
  • Institutional challenges such as uncoordinated network planning; a lack of national and technical standards for grid connection of renewable electricity; a policy focus on increasing installed renewable capacity instead of delivered electricity; and a lack of or poorly structured incentives for grid operators to invest in grid reinforcement, interconnection and systems management, and ancillary service provision. 

The report asserts that none of these challenges is technically or economically insurmountable; nor are the challenges sufficient to impede the overall growth of renewables in the six countries studied. 

Key Conclusions 

Using both country-specific estimates of LCOE and information on policy and technical issues associated with integrating technologies into existing energy networks, APREA determined the following: 

  • While the level of installed renewable generation capacity has been increasing across all six APREA countries over the past decade, investment in new capacity has typically not been accompanied by the corresponding development of the infrastructure, institutions, or market incentives necessary to support efficient integration into national power systems. 
  • Experiences in integrating renewable energy vary across APREA countries. Those with larger levels of renewable energy penetration (Australia and China) have observed a variety of challenges such as those listed above, while countries with relatively low levels of deployment (Indonesia) have yet to experience any serious difficulties. 
  • Impacts on the grid are more pronounced where renewable energy deployment is locally or regionally concentrated. 

The assessment also revealed the need to create renewable electricity generation targets, instead of capacity expansion targets. 

Finally, while broad integration issues have been identified, the report found that integration cost estimates are not available in current literature for any of the APREA target countries, including Australia. This represents a significant informational deficit for accessing the relative costs of energy technologies and thus highlights the need for detailed studies aimed at developing renewable energy integration cost estimates. 

To learn more or access the complete report, please visit the Clean Energy Solutions Center website:

CEM Secretariat travels to Brazil
Global LEAP Research Papers Provide Insights on Mini-Grids

Three papers on mini-grids commissioned by the Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) are now available on the Clean Energy Ministerial website. Produced in part as key background material for the roundtable discussion on mini-grids held during the fourth Clean Energy Ministerial in April 2013, the papers highlight lessons learned and areas for future progress and focus on the technical, financial, and policy aspects of mini-grid development and scale-up.

About 1.3 billion people around the world lack access to electricity. With the majority of this population living in rural areas, mini-grids and other decentralized solutions that utilize renewable energy may offer advantages over larger, centralized solutions and create a significant opportunity to extend access to affordable, clean, and reliable energy. Mini-grid solutions can often be deployed more rapidly than grid solutions, be customized to local needs, and provide local business development and job creation opportunities. By incorporating renewable energy, these mini-grid systems may also dramatically reduce costs in more remote locations where the delivery of diesel—the most common fuel source for mini-grids—is often expensive.


The research for the papers was conducted by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in collaboration with the Schatz Energy Research Center at Humboldt State University, the University of California at Berkeley and Prayas Energy Group as part of the Renewable Energy Mini-grids for Improved Energy Access project.


The mini-grid papers include the following:




Global LEAP works to transform the global market for affordable, clean, and quality‐assured off‐grid energy devices. Through the Global LEAP Outstanding Off-Grid Product Awards, the initiative supports self-sustaining commercial markets for off-grid energy products by providing the market with information on the best-performing off-grid appliances (e.g., those compatible with DC-powered mini-grids or home systems). Global LEAP Award competitions are currently underway for two categories: off-grid color televisions and off-grid LED lights.

U.S. C3E Ambassadors Meet for Annual Retreat
The U.S. based Ambassadors from the Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) women’s initiative met for their annual retreat on 30–31 July 2013 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT’s) historic Endicott House outside of Boston, MA. The U.S. C3E program is collaboration under a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the U.S. Department of Energy and MIT that was announced at the third Clean Energy Ministerial.

During the retreat, the Ambassadors reviewed the nominations submitted for the 2013 C3E Awards for mid-career leadership and achievement in six categories and selected the winners, which will be announced at the C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium on 19 September 2013. Each of the six winners will receive a cash prize of $10,000 from MIT. A lifetime achievement award winner will also be named at the Symposium.

In addition to the award nominations, the Ambassadors reviewed posters submitted to a nationwide competition for graduate students featuring research on climate change mitigation and adaptation. The top 10 finalists will be invited to present their posters and discuss their research at the Symposium and compete for a $5,000 prize.

The Ambassadors also discussed ways to use social media platforms such as Twitter and LinkedIn to support the advancement of young women committed to careers in clean energy. In addition, they reviewed the features and functionality of, a new online community that connects women around the world working in the clean energy sector.

MIT Professor Angela Belcher provided another highlight of the meeting, giving the Ambassadors a version of her recent TED talk on “using nature to grow batteries.” She described her materials science research and how viruses can be programmed to make elegant nanoscale structures to be used in applications from producing energy to fighting cancer. Viruses she’s produced have provided useful materials for new batteries, hydrogen fuels, and solar cells.

The goal of the C3E Symposium in September is to provide women in clean energy with a range of perspectives and expertise on clean energy challenges and opportunities. It will be hosted by MIT and take place in Cambridge, MA. At the fourth Clean Energy Ministerial meeting that took place in April, Finland and Mexico named their own C3E Ambassadors, who will be invited to attend the Symposium. The initiative encourages other Clean Energy Ministerial partner governments to name C3E Ambassadors as well.

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You can learn more about the 2012 C3E Award winners at
Clean Energy Ministerial Releases CEM4 Roundtables Report
PRESS RELEASE 1 July 2013 – The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) has released a report summarizing key outcomes from the six public-private roundtables that were held as part of the fourth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM4) in Delhi this past April. The report, Public-Private Roundtables at the Fourth Clean Energy Ministerial, captures the ideas and recommendations of the government and private sector leaders who participated in the discussions.

The CEM recognizes the critical role the private sector can play in accelerating the transition to a global clean energy economy. The roundtables provide an opportunity for the CEM participating energy ministers and other high-level officials to engage in an open discussion with the private sector, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and other experts on particularly topical clean energy issues. This year, six topic areas were covered, including reducing soft costs for solar photovoltaics, enhancing energy management systems, financing renewables, increasing the deployment of clean vehicles, exploring viable business models for mini-grids, and advancing power markets in emerging economies.

"Such events provide an excellent international platform for government representatives, industry, and other participating stakeholders to better understand each other’s needs, to learn from each other, and to identify new ideas," said roundtable participant Rolf Stromberger with BMW of North America.

The roundtables focused on generating concrete and actionable recommendations and informed policy makers and private sector participants on key issues.
U.S. President Rolls Out Climate Action Plan
U.S. President Barack Obama has released a comprehensive climate action plan. In a speech in Washington, DC, Obama invoked the first image of earth taken from space by American astronauts in 1968, noting that the evocative image to this day reminds you of what’s at stake. He went on to outline his plan, which calls for cutting carbon pollution in the United States, preparing for the impacts of climate change, and leading efforts internationally to address climate change. 

In highlighting the domestic plans, Obama stated “the plan begins with using less dirty energy, more clean energy, and wasting less energy throughout our economy.” He also noted that “a low-carbon clean energy economy can be an engine of growth for decades.”

The detailed plan also calls on expanding efforts through the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), particularly in the area of energy efficiency. Two CEM initiatives are highlighted in the plan, the Super-Efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) and Global Superior Energy Performance Partnership (GSEP) initiatives, to further global efforts in appliance efficiency standards and building efficiency. The other CEM initiatives will also contribute in various ways to “forge global responses to climate change.” 

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Solutions Center "Ask an Expert" Service Advances Clean Energy Policy Worldwide
Since the Clean Energy Solutions Center launched its Ask an Expert service in early 2012, more than 85 requests for technical policy assistance have been handled. Those requests have come in from places around the world including Mexico, South Africa, Micronesia, and the Caribbean Community. The impact of that assistance has been wide-ranging, from evaluating policies and programs that advance the use of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies to enhancing energy access.

For the Caribbean Community, known as CARICOM, Solutions Center expert advice and consultations contributed to an ambitious energy policy that was recently ratified by the 13 member states. The draft policy includes recommendations to set regional and national sustainable energy targets. “Participation in the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy workshop was invaluable and added an experienced outlook on the feed-in tariff mechanisms from across the world to aid the regional strategies currently under consideration,” said Randy Ramadhar Singh, advisor to the minister on renewable energy for the government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. The energy policy is now being considered by each of the individual governments.

Another request for expert assistance came in from Namibia, which reached out to the Solutions Center for assistance with developing clean energy and energy efficiency programs including concentrating solar power, building certification and rating, and appliance standards and labeling. Solutions Center policy experts from the Collaborative Labeling & Appliance Standards Program, the World Green Building Council, the Mexico Green Building Council, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the European Solar Thermal Electricity Association consulted with Namibia’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Institute (REEEI) on a range of effective policy designs covering the three program areas.

South Africa has also made use of the Solutions Center, with a request from the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) to support the design of a regulation created to promote energy efficiency in the commercial building sector. This sector already accounts for about 7% of final energy consumption in South Africa and is experiencing significant growth. Solutions Center experts consulted on modeling options for assessing energy savings, provided best practices for setting incentive levels and program targets, reviewed draft regulation language, and provided comments on policy design. “The assistance which you have provided us has proved invaluable to our work over here,” said Barry Bradenkamp, a senior manager  with SANEDI. The result of the Solutions Center assistance will be the implementation of a program that will result in reduced energy demand within a high energy use sector.

These examples are just a few illustrations of how the Solutions Center connects those seeking policy information and advice with policy experts who can help them achieve their goals. More than 30 global experts who are considered authoritative leaders on specific clean energy policy topics are now available to offer their no-cost advice to governments, advisors, and analysts who are working to create policies and programs that advance the deployment of clean energy technologies. These experts come from a wide range of organizations, including the Institute for Industrial Productivity, European Solar Thermal Electricity Association, The Energy and Resources Institute, Enerdata, and many others.

The Ask an Expert service ( is provided at no cost and may include the development of strategies, regulations, standards, financial incentives, and deployment programs. Solutions Center experts can also review draft measures and strategies, conduct research, share best practices from other countries, and engage in consultations by phone and email. 

An initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial, the Clean Energy Solutions Center serves as a first-stop clearinghouse of clean energy policy services and resources. In addition to Ask an Expert policy assistance, the Solutions Center offers training and peer-to-peer learning forums, as well as a rich library of technical tools and publications.

More information can be found at
C3Enet Online Community Launched at CEM4
Connecting women around the world who are working to advance clean energy is the purpose of the new online community forum, Launched by the Clean Energy Ministerial’s C3E women in clean energy initiative, provides members with opportunities to build professional networks, participate in discussion forums, find and share opportunities, post opinion pieces, and join groups of other women who work in similar energy sectors or have common interests. was officially launched at a special C3E event during the fourth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM4) in New Delhi, with the help of India’s Minister of Power Jyotiraditya Scindia. The debut was greeted with enthusiastic applause from the standing-room-only crowd, which included Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) government dignitaries and delegates as well as representatives from various Delhi-based organizations. The forum now has over 100 members and is expanding rapidly. To request to join, visit and fill out a short member profile.

During the CEM4 C3E event, C3E also premiered a short video about C3E’s goals. The “Women: A Driving Force for Clean Energy” video includes interviews from some of the clean energy leaders that were honored as C3E Ambassadors and Award winners at the first U.S. C3E Symposium, held last year in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is now available on the C3Enet homepage, the C3E area of the CEM website, and the CEM channel on YouTube. The Ambassadors, Awards, and Symposium are the three pillars of the U.S. C3E program, which is the United States’ national level commitment to the international C3E initiative within the Clean Energy Ministerial. C3Enet was launched by the U.S. Department of Energy to help grow the C3E community internationally.

The CEM4 C3E event also featured a panel discussion moderated by Leena Srivastava of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) of India. Panelists included Jean Chu, a PhD physicist and advisor emerita at Stanford University; Jyoti Arora, Director-General of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency in India; Frances Beinecke, President of the New York-based Natural Resources Defense Council and a U.S. C3E Ambassador; and Hafeez Rehman, TERI’s director of social transformation. 

Energy access was a key thread in the discussion. Panelists highlighted the need to bring women to energy as well as energy to women. The underrepresentation of women on corporate boards of energy companies was another major area of discussion, with a suggestion made to track progress on this issue.

The Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) initiative is a human capacity initiatives within the CEM, backed by nine partner governments. C3E’s mission is to advance women’s leadership in clean energy around the world. C3E supports the goals of each of the other CEM initiatives by building the talent pipeline for clean energy sectors, from smart grids and appliance efficiency to solar power and electric vehicles. 

SEAD Announces Competition to Identify the Most Energy-Efficient Motors in the World
PRESS RELEASE 3 June 2013 -- The Clean Energy Ministerial’s Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiative announced a competition to find the most energy-efficient electric motors around the world. In an ambitious effort to reduce energy use on a global scale, the SEAD Global Efficiency Medal competition will recognize the most energy-efficient motors on the market as well as new technologies that have the potential to greatly reduce energy use in the future. 

According to the International Energy Agency, electric motors account for over 40 percent of world electricity consumption. They are by far the largest consumers of end-use electricity and are responsible for more than 6,000 megatonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually—equivalent to the yearly emissions of more than 1 billion cars. 

By recognizing and promoting the world’s most energy-efficient electric motors, the SEAD competition will help buyers make informed purchasing decisions that can lower energy bills and spur greater innovation among manufacturers.

“Electric motors are in everything from small appliances to large industrial equipment,” said Kavita Ravi, SEAD initiative lead. “The competition will allow manufacturers to distinguish themselves as producers of the most energy-efficient products and help consumers save energy and cut back on electric bills.”   

Manufacturers are invited to nominate their products through 29 November 2013. Prospective winners will be required to provide samples of each entry for verification of energy efficiency claims. Winners will be announced 1 September 2014 and will be honored at an international awards ceremony in early 2015. 

SEAD Global Efficiency Medals will be awarded in each of four regions—Australia, Europe, India, and North America—to motors that demonstrate the greatest energy efficiency. An overall international winner will also be named for the most efficient induction motor and for the most energy-efficient motor using new technology.

SEAD Global Efficiency Medal competitions encourage the production and sale of super-efficient equipment, appliances, and electronics, focusing on products with significant global energy consumption and energy savings potential. The electric motors competition is the third in this global awards program; the first recognized the world’s most energy-efficient flat-screen televisions, and the second recognized the most efficient computer monitors.

For more information about the SEAD motor awards, visit

SEAD is an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial, a high-level global forum to share best practices and promote policies and programs that encourage and facilitate the transition to a global clean energy economy.

SEAD is also a task within the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation. The Collaborative Labeling and Appliance Standards Program (CLASP) serves as the administrator for the Global Efficiency Medals competition. For more information, visit

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GSEP Work Highlighted, Members Honored at International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Industry

Some key work of the Clean Energy Ministerial’s Global Superior Energy Performance Partnership (GSEP) initiative was highlighted at a recent international conference on industrial energy efficiency. Hosted by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the 10th biennial Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry brought together participants from around the world to discuss technical, policy, financing, and program issues related to increasing energy efficiency in industry.

GSEP works to significantly reduce global energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by accelerating energy efficiency improvements in industrial facilities and commercial buildings.

The summer study featured presentations and discussions on the theme “Thinking Forward: Leadership in a Global Marketplace.” Several papers by GSEP and its member countries highlighted the key work being done to advance energy management in industry, including identification of key workforce development needs, analysis of current international approaches to promoting energy management, and issues related to measurement and verification.

GSEP contributors presented two papers as a part of the “Planning for the Next Generation” panel:

The U.S. representative to GSEP, Paul Scheihing , a technology manager at the Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, shared the results of the U.S. program to promote energy management with a paper presented during the “Global Competitiveness” panel: 

  • Assessing the Costs and Benefits of the Superior Energy Performance Program: Nine companies certified under the U.S. Energy Department’s Superior Energy Performance Program (SEP) have shown an average energy intensity improvement of 10% in the first 18 months of implementing SEP with an average payback of 1.7 years. Through SEP, industrial facilities implement the ISO 50001 energy management standard and pursue third-party verification of their energy performance improvements. These findings and other results are included in this Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory paper.

Also during the conference, Mr. Scheihing was presented with a Champion of Energy Efficiency Award for his leadership in the implementation of industrial energy efficiency and a career of advocating for energy efficiency within government and industry.

ISGAN Releases Advanced Metering Infrastructure Case Book
The Clean Energy Ministerial’s International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) recently released an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) case book in response to a survey of ISGAN members that revealed AMI was rated one of the most important elements of a smart grid. Spotlight on Advanced Metering Infrastructure: AMI Case Book Version 1.0 includes six case studies that provide lessons learned and best practices as well as potential costs and benefits of AMI. This case book is the first of its kind in terms of sharing international project perspectives on AMI in a document written for practitioners and decision makers in smart grid.

AMI comprises a set of technologies considered by many to be a fundamental part of smart grids because it allows for two-way communication between the energy system operators and the energy consumer. AMI, which may include automatic meter reading, outage and theft detection, and in-home displays, provides energy system operators with real-time data about power consumption and customers with information about their energy usage and time-of-use pricing.

The case book includes studies from Canada, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Sweden, and the United States, covering a broad range of contexts: economic, political, geographical, structural, cultural, and market. Although each study is unique, together the studies are representative of current global experiences and best practices that are emerging across jurisdictions and will contribute to more sophisticated discussions of lessons learned. Several common themes emerged among the key findings, particularly around the customer role in smart grids and the business case based on system functionality. For example, careful and realistic engagement and communications with customers is a critical component for a successful AMI project. Smart meters should deliver more accurate meter readings, but that may not translate into lower bills. The potential for savings and other benefits is also usually dependent on customer behaviors. As the report notes, “while interval readings of customer consumption and dynamic rate plans can signal opportunities for savings, customers must choose to act on those signals.” Proactive customer engagement plans can also address customer concerns before they turn into customer opposition.

The report also notes that investment in AMI can offer an increased value proposition when the functionality is leveraged to utilize other technologies,such as home energy management systems, distributed generation (such as from rooftop solar), electric vehicles, and electricity storage, that allow the consumer to be both a buyer and seller of power.

This case book is the first of what will be a series of case books, with each focusing on key smart grid systems or applications. ISGAN is currently developing a new case book on Active Demand Management. Each case book may be updated periodically with new case studies from ISGAN participants and affiliated organizations.

ISGAN brings together experts and stakeholders from around the world to accelerate the development and deployment of smarter electric grids. Effectively deployed, smart grid technologies can improve the reliability and resilience of the grid, enable the dynamic management of electricity demand, and facilitate the large-scale integration of variable renewable energy. For more information, visit the ISGAN website:
SEAD to Host Webinars on Energy-Efficient Public Purchasing Programs

The Super-Efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiative is partnering with the European Commission’s Green Public Procurement Program and the Clean Energy Solutions Center to host a series of webinars that can help policy makers improve their energy-efficient public purchasing programs.

The public sector typically accounts for 2 to 5 percent of total energy consumption globally and as much as 30 percent in some countries, according to the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program. More effective procurement policies can help governments save a considerable amount of money while also reducing their energy consumption. In addition, government purchasing decisions can demonstrate good energy management practices as well as better performing products and technologies to businesses and the public.

The Energy Efficient Public Procurement: Best Practice in Program Delivery webinar, to be held on 18 September, will present key findings from the SEAD Procurement Best Practices Guide. The discussion will explore the challenges in delivering public procurement programs and creative solutions adopted by different countries to overcome those challenges.

The Monitoring and Evaluating Green Public Procurement Programs: Benefits, Case Studies, and Recommendations webinar, to be held on 25 September, will focus on key findings from the recently published SEAD Guide for Monitoring and Evaluating (M&E) Green Public Procurement Programs. Representatives from South Korea and the United States will also present case studies that demonstrate leadership and innovation in implementing M&E systems.

The SEAD Procurement Working Group is engaged in a variety of activities to support programs and policies needed by policy makers to develop and implement procurement programs that will reduce energy demand and carbon dioxide emissions. These activities include accelerating the procurement of energy-efficient street lights, sharing best practices for energy-efficient procurement, improving the monitoring and evaluation of green public procurement programs, and cataloging energy purchasing requirements.

Procurement is one of the many collaborative efforts that SEAD focuses on to advance global market transformation for energy-efficient products. Other SEAD efforts include standards and labeling, incentives, awards, and technical analysis.

For more information and to register for the procurement webinars, click here.

The presentation materials for two webinars are now available, Energy Efficient Public Procurement: Best Practice in Program Delivery and Monitoring and Evaluating Green Public Procurement Programs: Benefits, Case Studies, and Recommendations.

SEAD Recognizes World’s Most Energy-Efficient Computer Monitors
The Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) Initiative, an international collaboration of 16 member economies and an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial, today announced the winners of its Global Efficiency Medal competition for the world’s most energy-efficient computer monitors. 

The competition tested commercially available monitors in three size categories, as well as one prototype monitor in the emerging technology category. With energy savings of 12 to 43% over monitors with comparable technology, Samsung and LG monitors took top honors in the commercially available categories. Samsung also won in the emerging technology category with a monitor 53% more efficient than comparable monitors on the market 

The Global Efficiency Medal competition is the first effort to identify the most energy-efficient computer monitors on the market around the world. today. 

By recognizing the top performers, the competition will help consumers make informed purchasing decisions and spur manufacturers to produce and sell more energy-efficient products. “When consumers and businesses use these products they can help reduce energy use on a global scale, while saving money,” said Graham Pugh of the United States Department of Energy, whose office is responsible for U.S. leadership in the SEAD initiative.  

Computer monitors can account for up to 35% of a desktop computer’s energy consumption. If all monitors sold were as efficient as the winners of the SEAD Global Efficiency Medal competition, 15 to 20 billion kilowatt-hours of energy could be saved by 2020.

The following global winners were recognized as the most energy-efficient computer monitors:

SEAD Global Winners

  • The LG 16EN33SA received the SEAD Global Efficiency Medal in the small-size category (15 inches to less than 20 inches, 1.04 megapixel minimum resolution).
  • The Samsung S22C200b received the SEAD Global Efficiency Medal in the medium-size category (20 inches to less than 23 inches, 1.44 megapixel minimum resolution).
  • The Samsung S27C450B received the SEAD Global Efficiency Medal in the large-size category (23 inches and larger, 2.07 megapixel minimum resolution). 

Global Emerging Technology Winner

  • A Samsung 23.6-inch LED backlit prototype computer monitor won the SEAD Global Efficiency Medal in the emerging technology category. This monitor is 53% more efficient than comparable displays available on the market today. It will be commercially available worldwide within the next two years.

SEAD will recognize the winners at an awards ceremony in May 2014 at the fifth Clean Energy Ministerial in Seoul, Korea.

SEAD also recognized regional winners for Europe, Australia, and North America. The regional winners for India will be announced in October. Information on regional winners is available on the SEAD website

The SEAD Global Efficiency Medal competition encourages the production and sale of super-efficient equipment, appliances, and electronics by recognizing the most energy-efficient, top-performing products.  

This is the second competition; the first recognized the world’s most energy-efficient flat-screen televisions. A third competition for electric motors is currently underway with nominations accepted through 29 November 2013.

For more information about the awards, visit the SEAD website.
Global Atlas Web Portal Offers New Innovations

The Global Atlas for Solar and Wind, a project initiated by the Clean Energy Ministerial Multilateral Solar and Wind Working Group, has updated and expanded its web portal ( to provide easier access to three main products:

  • The online GIS interface to the Atlas, which allows users to visualise information on wind and solar resources and highlight areas of opportunity for developing renewable energy projects;
  • The catalog of data sets, which now contains 400 solar and wind data layers that are accessible from the GIS interface;
  • An enhanced Learning Center, which features training courses, case studies, and other resources.

The new site also offers some additional features and resources.

In the Atlas section, there are now 17 User Maps available that focus on particular data sets or countries. The section showcases the large content of the data catalog by providing thematic samples. The maps allow users to more easily start their analysis by building on an existing map. Users can also recommend a specific map to be added to the gallery.

The Learning Center has added Conference Proceedings, providing free access to relevant presentations and research papers from recent major international events. Proceedings from four conferences are offered, with more events to be added based on user recommendations.

Also in the Learning Center, there are now 30,000 Resource Mapping Studies available. For the six primary renewable energy resources (wind, solar, biomass, hydro, marine, and geothermal), the database provides references to literature, studies, and academic materials for all world countries. The same database is also accessible from the Ren21 Renewable Energy Interactive Map.

The Global Atlas team is also launching a social media campaign to increase awareness and provide training.

A Facebook campaign will take place over the next three weeks to provide daily training and information about the purpose of the Global Atlas and the data sets and services it provides. You can follow the campaign by ‘liking’ its Facebook page: Global Atlas for Solar & Wind.

Information is also being disseminated via LinkedIn to more than 25 thematic groups on wind, solar, resource assessment, GIS, and related topics. You can connect on LinkedIn under IRENA Global Atlas.

PowerPoint presentations about the Atlas are also being made available through Slideshare. Simply search for ‘’Global Atlas” to find the latest presentations. 

Comments about the new resources and recommendations for additional content may be directed to

U.S. C3E Award Winners Announced at Women in Clean Energy Symposium

The U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) program has recognized six mid-career women for their leadership and mentorship at the annual C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium. In addition, Maxine Savitz, Vice President of the National Academy of Engineering and a former general manager with Honeywell, received a Lifetime Achievement Award for her long history of clean energy leadership. An initiative within the Clean Energy Ministerial, C3E’s U.S. program is a led by the U.S. Department of Energy in close partnership with the MIT Energy Initiative (MITei), which administers the Awards.

The U.S. C3E Awards recognize rising women in clean energy who have demonstrated leadership and high achievement within one of the six award categories and have the potential to contribute a great deal more over the course of their careers. This is the second year the C3E Awards have been given; the first C3E Award winners were named at the first C3E Symposium last year.

The award winners were nominated by their colleagues and selected by a panel of U.S. C3E Ambassadors, a group of about 30 distinguished senior professionals who have made notable contributions throughout the clean energy field. The six mid-career award winners also receive a $10,000 cash prize from MITei for their clean energy work.

The award winners are the following: 

Innovation and Technology Development: Milo Werner

Werner is the Senior Manager of New Product Introduction for Tesla Motors, where she is responsible for the successful launch of all new vehicle and powertrain models--a job that includes developing integrated product development and launch programs, leading cross-functional teams through execution, and finally delivering high-quality, manufacturable designs to the Tesla Factory for volume production. Werner is a key member of the team responsible for the successful launches of the powertrains for Tesla Model S, Toyota Rav4 EV, and Daimler Smart Car.

Entrepreneurship and Innovative Business Models: Erica Mackie

Mackie is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of GRID Alternatives, the nation’s largest nonprofit solar installer. She founded the organization in 2001 while working as a professional engineer implementing large-scale renewable energy and energy efficiency projects for the private sector. Her vision was to make the benefits of these technologies available to low-income communities that need the savings the most but have the least access. 

Corporate Implementation: Kirstin Gunderson

Gunderson is a Senior Manager for Walmart’s Energy Team, where she helps drive the successful deployment and management of Walmart’s on-site renewable portfolio—advancing Walmart’s goal to produce or procure 7 billion kWh of renewable energy globally by 2020, and the company’s long-term goal to be supplied by 100 percent renewable energy. Last year, Gunderson led the installation of Walmart’s first 1 MW on-site wind turbine in Red Bluff, California. 

Policy and Advocacy: Rebecca Stanfield

Stanfield is an experienced professional in environmental advocacy and organizational development. Since July 2008, Stanfield has led the National Resources Defense Council’s Midwest clean energy advocacy in a five-state regional footprint, with a goal of transforming electric utility rate and resource acquisition policies to spur a shift from fossil fuels to energy efficiency and renewable energy resources. 

Advancements for the Developing World: Katherine Lucey

After a successful career on Wall Street, Lucey decided to give back. She brought her business acumen and passion for empowering women to Africa, creating a sustainable, market-based social enterprise—Solar Sister—that provides light, hope, and opportunity to women and their communities. Solar Sister combines the breakthrough potential of micro-solar lighting and energy with a deliberately woman-centered direct sales network. Women become Solar Sister entrepreneurs, earning income to lift themselves and their families out of poverty and providing access to clean, affordable solar light to their communities. 

Education and Mentorship: Kristen Graf

Graf is the Executive Director of Women of Wind Energy (WoWE), a national nonprofit that promotes the education, professional development, and advancement of women to achieve a strong, diversified workforce and support a robust renewable energy economy. Before working at WoWE, Graf spent five years as a Clean Energy Program Coordinator and Research Associate with the Union of Concerned Scientists in Boston. In these roles, she worked on renewable energy policy at the state and national levels, with a particular focus on wind and biomass. 

Lifetime Achievement Award: Maxine Savitz

Savitz recently retired as the General Manager for Technology Partnerships at Honeywell, Inc. During her career at Honeywell, she oversaw the development and manufacturing of innovative materials for the aerospace, transportation, and industrial sectors. Previously, Savitz worked at the U.S. Department of Energy and its predecessor agencies and served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Conservation. 

Savitz has served and continues to serve on many advisory boards, including the President’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology, the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, and the Federation of American Scientists. This year she was also elected as a fellow to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and she is the vice president of the National Academy of Engineering. She holds a PhD in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Bryn Mawr College.

Learn more about this year’s award winners:

C3E is an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial, a high-level global forum to share best practices and promote policies and programs that encourage and facilitate the transition to a global clean energy economy. 

Wind Map of Africa Now Available in Global Atlas

The Global Atlas for Solar and Wind, a project initiated by the Clean Energy Ministerial Multilateral Solar and Wind Working Group and coordinated by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), has expanded its resources to include a wind map of Africa. The map, developed by the Spanish Renewable Energy Research Center (CENER), displays the average annual wind speed calculated at 10 km resolution and 10 m height over the entire continent for the period of January 2008 through December 2012. The interactive map can also show data for individual countries.

Over the last few months, CENER has shared a number of other wind resource maps through the Global Atlas, including those for Europe, Central and Latin America, and Spain. These maps add to the expanding list of user maps available through the Atlas that focus on particular data sets or countries. You can learn more about those maps and access them here.

The information and data available through the Global Atlas is open access and made available to the public to raise awareness of the abundance of renewable energy worldwide, highlight the variety of renewable energy options for a country, and support the growth of renewable energy worldwide.

To learn more and to make the most of the data available through the Global Atlas, explore the available tutorials.

India Releases Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Policy Database

The Indian Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Policy Database (IREEED), the first-ever database featuring federal and sub-federal clean energy and energy efficiency policies and incentives in India, has been released in its final version. Developed through support from the Clean Energy Solutions Center, an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial, IREEED provides concise policy summaries for consumers, businesses, project developers, and policy makers.

India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and the U.S. Department of Energy collaborated to develop the database to disseminate information on renewable energy and energy efficiency policies established by the central and state governments in India. It was modelled after the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) in the United States. This final version of IREEED includes policies, regulations, and incentive programs for energy efficiency and renewable energy offered by the central government and all 28 states and 7 union territories. India’s union and state governments have established a policy environment to support investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies throughout the country.

IREEED is available at and is also a featured resource of the Clean Energy Solutions Center.

The Clean Energy Solutions Center is a first-stop resource for clean energy policy, best practices, data, analysis tools, and expert assistance. 

It is an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial, a high-level global forum to share best practices and promote policies and programs that encourage and facilitate the transition to a global clean energy economy.

SEAD Contributes to the ECOWAS Energy Efficiency Policy Action Plan

As part of its ongoing work with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), the Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial recently helped deliver a workshop on improving appliance energy efficiency to representatives from energy and standardization agencies of the 15 nation members of the ECOWAS.

The workshop included reviewing and validating a SEAD study assessing the institutional capacity and policy frameworks for energy efficiency standards and labels for appliances across the region. Participants also worked on developing an ECOWAS regional strategy on efficient lighting and identified financing options for implementing these energy efficiency activities. This work helped advance two key initiatives in the ECOWAS Energy Efficiency Policy, which ECOWAS energy ministers adopted in October 2012. 

The workshop took place in Cotonou, Benin, and was jointly presented by the Collaborative Labeling and Appliance Standards Program (CLASP) on behalf of the SEAD initiative, the ECREEE, and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) en.lighten initiative. Workshop participants included representatives from the National Rural Electrification Agency in ECOWAS member states, standards and labels technical committee members, efficient lighting working group members, the ECOWAS commission, and other regional and international stakeholders. 

SEAD has also supported the ECOWAS Energy Efficiency Policy by estimating the potential energy savings for implementing regional standards and labeling policies. Initial analysis suggests that the ECOWAS region could save more than 60 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity per year by 2030 by adopting best practice efficiency standards for primary appliances such as refrigerators, air conditioners, lighting, and other equipment. To put this figure into perspective, the 60 TWh is nearly as much electricity as was consumed by the entire ECOWAS region in 2011.

SEAD’s efforts to advance these energy efficiency initiatives could have a major impact. The energy savings achieved through more-efficient appliances may mitigate peak loads and related power cuts, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and deliver financial savings that can boost sustainable development. Improving energy efficiency is one of the three objectives of the UN Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative and contributes to improving access to modern, reliable, and affordable energy services throughout the region.

SEAD is an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial, a high-level global forum to share best practices and promote policies and programs that encourage and facilitate the transition to a global clean energy economy. 

The Collaborative Labeling and Appliance Standards Program (CLASP) serves as the operating agent for SEAD. For more information, visit

The UNEP/GEF en.lighten initiative promotes and coordinates global efforts in the transition to energy efficient lighting. Its mandate is to accelerate the global commercialisation and market transformation of efficient lighting technologies by providing technical and policy support to countries. For more information about the UNEP/GEF en.lighten initiative, please visit

The Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) is a specialized Agency of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Established by Regulation C/REG.23/11/08 of the 61st Session of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers, ECREEE aims at the creation of favorable framework conditions for renewable energy and energy efficiency markets by supporting activities directed to mitigate existing technical, legal, institutional, economic, financial, policy, and capacity related barriers. ECREEE started its activities in 2009 and officially launched in 2010 with support of the Austrian and Spanish governments and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). In 2011, ECREEE launched the development of the ECOWAS Energy Efficiency Policy. The Policy proposes regional energy efficiency targets, standards, and key actions to be implemented on national levels. The Policy is being developed as part of the Supporting Energy Efficiency Access in West Africa (SEEA-WA) Project, executed by ECREEE in partnership with the Austrian Energy Agency (AEA), Alternative for Energy, Renewable Energy and Environment (AERE), Innovation, ENERGIA, and ENDA, and with financial support from the ACP-EU Energy Facility, the Agency for Environment and Energy Management (ADEME), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). For more information, visit and

GSEP Energy Management Working Group Releases International Case Studies Demonstrating Energy Management Successes

Five new case studies from the Global Superior Energy Performance (GSEP) Energy Management Working Group (EMWG) underscore the business value of implementing energy management systems (EnMS) and strategies. The case studies provide an in-depth look at energy management investments and outcomes for several companies in Australia and the United States. The case studies are the first in a series being published by GSEP, an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial, to promote energy management as an opportunity for organizations to significantly reduce energy use while maintaining or boosting productivity. 

Energy management systems and strategies allow companies to understand their energy use and make rapid adjustments to increase efficiency. “You don’t want to know next month, when your bill comes in, that you’re not using energy efficiently,” says Graham Bryant, National Environment Manager with Simplot Australia. “You want to know right now—so that you can do something about it.” 

In addition, the case studies highlight the role of energy management in verifying energy savings. The Nissan North America energy team notes, “More companies should be interested in third-party verification. We can now prove our savings.” 

The industrial and commercial sectors jointly account for approximately 60% of global energy use.1 Wide adoption of EnMS can deliver energy, economic, and sustainability benefits to companies, communities, and countries around the world.

Case Study Highlights

Australian case studies

The four Australian case studies detail a range of methods to increase energy productivity through energy optimization projects. 

AngloGold Ashanti Australia has been working to improve the productivity of its gold mining operations in western Australia. 

  • Energy management strategy used: The company optimized control of its crushing and milling circuit by improving the way in which it analyzed and used data already being collected by existing systems.
  • Expected energy savings: The improved crusher operation is expected to save an estimated 50 gigajoules of energy annually. 
  • How it was implemented: The software logic and control algorithms of the company’s programmable logic controllers were modified, enabling process operators to proactively use the control system to keep the plant working within defined operational parameters. By increasing stability in the processing circuit, the project decreased the number of unplanned maintenance events, reducing downtime and improving throughput. In addition, improved process control increased the efficiency of the milling circuit.
  • Read more: Learn more about the business case for energy management in AngloGold Ashanti Australia’s case study.

BHP Billiton Worsley Alumina, a joint-venture bauxite mining and alumina refining project, is using an advanced process management system that incorporates multi-variable controls (MVCs) to improve energy efficiency and overall productivity. 

  • Energy management strategy used: The company used an advanced process management system with multi-variable controls (MVCs). 
  • Achieved energy savings: The company achieved a payback period of seven months. 
  • How it was implemented: Beginning with a front-end study, engineers ran tests to design an MVC system for spent liquor temperature control that would run under a range of circumstances. They then used data from the system characterization process to develop rigorous models and simulations. With the ability to maintain the spent liquor temperature much closer to the set point, the company realized energy savings and the associated financial savings. 
  • Read more: Learn more about the business case for energy management in BHP Billiton Worsley Alumina’s case study.

Simplot Australia is responding to the corporation’s international program to reduce energy intensity by 25% over a 10-year period. This case study focuses on Simplot’s plant in Devonport, Tasmania, which uses more than 18,000 megawatt-hours of electricity each year to produce frozen vegetables.

  • Energy management strategy used: The company upgraded the plant’s refrigeration control system to include a variable-speed drive (VSD) and variable-head-pressure control (VHPC). 
  • Achieved energy savings: Refrigeration power consumption has been reduced by up to 10% (depending on ambient conditions). 
  • How it was implemented: The plant installed a VSD on a key compressor to improve efficiency at part load. VHPC was introduced to take advantage of ambient conditions, which the logic controllers recognized with the help of newly installed temperature and humidity sensors. The logic controllers have also been programmed to stage the operation of the compressors based on plant load. In addition to energy savings, the enhanced technologies provide flexibility and redundancy that allow operations to continue through a range of production challenges, such as electrical failures. 
  • Read more: Simplot Australia’s case study provides more information about the business case for energy management.

The University of Queensland is focusing on data collection to support energy management. 

  • Energy management strategy used: An expanded energy metering system supports data analysis, which led the university to plan to improve the performance efficiency of its chillers by installing an optimization package.
  • Expected energy savings: The university expects this change to reduce energy use by 20% and save approximately $100,000 per year. 
  • How it was implemented: Meters were installed on all of the major buildings on campus, as well as on chiller motors, pumps, and cooling towers. The meters are being integrated with an enhanced EnMS, including a trial SCADA system. Analysis of the resulting data led the university to target air conditioning water chillers, which represent approximately 45% of the energy consumed on campus.
  • Read more: More information about the business case for energy management can be found in the university’s case study.

U.S. case study

The case study from the United States examines the costs and benefits of implementing ISO 50001 as part of the U.S. Superior Energy Performance (SEP) program. This market-based plant certification program requires an industrial plant to implement an EnMS in conformance with ISO 50001 and make verified, sustained improvements in energy performance.

The Nissan vehicle assembly plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, implemented an EnMS that conforms to ISO 50001 and improved the plant's energy performance by approximately 7.2% to obtain SEP certification. The EnMS will save the facility $938,000 annually, enabling Nissan to recoup its $331,000 investment in SEP in just four months. Learn more in Nissan's case study, which includes a detailed cost-benefit analysis.

  • Energy management strategy used: The facility implemented an EnMS that conforms to ISO 50001 and improved plant energy performance in order to obtain SEP certification.
  • Achieved energy savings: The facility’s energy performance improved by approximately 7.2%. Annual cost savings attributable solely to SEP implementation total $938,000; Nissan invested $331,000 to implement SEP (including internal staff time), resulting in a payback period of just four months. A detailed cost-benefit analysis is provided in the case study.
  • How it was implemented: Nissan modeled the EnMS after its existing management system for the environment (ISO 14001). The Tennessee plant established an energy baseline and assessed opportunities to save energy within its major energy-using systems. Plant staff implemented the EnMS over nine months. Nissan then conducted an internal audit and a management review of the EnMS energy impacts.
  • Read more: Read more about the business case for energy management in Nissan’s case study.

The full case studies provide in-depth descriptions of energy management investments made by these companies. They examine associated costs, demonstrated payback periods, implementation steps, common barriers, lessons learned, and keys to success. GSEP will help produce and disseminate these and other case studies to assist industry in better understanding the business value of EnMS investments.

GSEP is one of 13 ongoing initiatives of the Clean Energy Ministerial, a high-level global forum to share best practices and promote policies and programs that encourage and facilitate the transition to a global clean energy economy.

The aim of GSEP is to significantly cut global energy use by encouraging the industrial and commercial buildings sectors to continually improve their energy efficiency. GSEP’s EMWG seeks to accelerate the broad use of EnMS in industry and commercial buildings worldwide. The EMWG’s 11 member countries share their knowledge and expertise. Together, they identify and evaluate EnMS activities, opportunities, strategies, and best practices—working with industry and others as appropriate. The governments participating in the EMWG are Australia, Canada, Denmark, the European Commission, India, Japan, Mexico, the Republic of Korea, South Africa, Sweden, and the United States. For more information about the EMWG, visit

1 Energy Information Administration, International Energy Outlook 2013 (Washington, DC: U.S. Energy Information Administration, 2013).

Clean Energy Solutions Center Reaches Milestone of 100 Ask-An-Expert Requests

The Clean Energy Solutions Center Ask-An-Expert service today reached an impressive milestone, responding to its 100th request for no-cost clean energy policy support. This accomplishment demonstrates the growing demand for this unique service, which connects those seeking clean energy policy information and advice to more than 30 global policy experts who can help them achieve their goals. To date, representatives in more than 40 countries have utilized the Ask-An-Expert service. 

“Responding to 100 requests is a tremendous accomplishment that speaks to the quality of guidance our experts provide,” said Solutions Center initiative lead Ian Lloyd. “Governments and organizations looking for technical policy assistance know that the Solution Center’s Ask-an-Expert service will offer top-notch advice that is specific to their situation.” 

Since its launch in January 2012, Ask-an-Expert has provided assistance to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies; enhance energy access; and address other municipal, state, and national clean energy objectives. This assistance has included developing strategies, standards, financial incentives, and deployment programs; reviewing draft measures and strategies; conducting research; and sharing best practices. 

The 100th request for assistance, from Kenya, relates to the intersection of energy access and the health sector. Notable achievements to date supported by Ask-an-Expert assistance include the following:

  • Provided support to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states to set regional and national sustainable energy targets in the CARICOM Energy Policy. 
  • Assisted the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) with the design of a regulation—which has since been adopted—to promote energy efficiency in the commercial building sector.
  • Helped Malaysia analyze the trade-offs between Feed-in-tariffs (FITs) and competitive tendering for large solar PV projects.
  • Provided assistance to Mauritius to expand development of solar hot water schemes for the residential sector. 

Representatives of countries receiving assistance have commended the Ask-an-Expert service as an indispensable tool for advancing clean energy. “The assistance you have provided has proven invaluable to our work here,” said Barry Bradencamp with SANEDI. 

Ask-An-Expert requests can be submitted through the Solutions Center website at Clean energy policy support is available to representatives of government agencies, organizations, and institutes assisting governments, as well as to select others. Support is limited to remote assistance and to clean energy policy topics, and the Solutions Center does not provide assistance with project development or technology and system assessment.

An initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial, the Clean Energy Solutions Center serves as a first-stop clearinghouse of clean energy policy services and resources. In addition to Ask-an-Expert policy assistance, the Solutions Center offers training and peer-to-peer learning forums, as well as a rich library of technical tools and publications.

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