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2016-17 Global LEAP Awards for Off-Grid TVs & Fans Announced

Winners and Finalists of the 2016-17 Global LEAP Awards for Outstanding Off-Grid Televisions and Fans were announced today by USAID’s Power Africa.

This year’s competitions identify the world's highest quality, most energy-efficient off-grid fans and televisions. Detailed information about all Global LEAP Awards Winners and Finalists – including product performance data and sales contact information – is available in the 2017 Global LEAP Awards Buyer’s Guide. Anybody interested in off-grid appliances is encouraged to review the Buyer’s Guide and contact Winners and Finalists for more information.

Global LEAP Awards Winners and Finalists are eligible for a new procurement incentives program based in East Africa and Bangladesh, supported by EnDev, Power Africa, and US DOE. Information on this program will be made available on GlobalLEAP.org as it becomes available.

 The Global LEAP Awards for Outstanding Off-Grid Televisions and Fans are supported by Power Africa and US DOE. Results of the Global LEAP Awards for Outstanding Off-Grid Refrigerators will be announced in January 2018, and are supported by USAID’s Global Development Lab, UK DFID’s Ideas to Impact programme, and Power Africa. 

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.

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.
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 (https://cleanenergysolutions.org/expert) 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 www.cleanenergysolutions.org.
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: www.iea-isgan.org.
ISGAN Annex 6 Releases New Discussion Paper on Smarter and Stronger Power Transmission

Task leaders for a major project of the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) recently released a new discussion paper, Smarter & Stronger Power Transmission: Review of feasible technologies for enhanced capacity and flexibility. ISGAN is a Clean Energy Ministerial initiative and IEA Implementing Agreement focused on accelerating the development and deployment of smarter, cleaner electricity grids worldwide. It has seven major projects, or Annexes, underway focusing on various smart grid topics. 

Prepared by the task leaders of ISGAN Annex 6: Power T&D Systems, the discussion paper looks at the primary power system, information, and communication technologies required to efficiently supervise and operate electric power systems facing increasing amounts of variable renewable energy, both transmission-scale and distributed, and a wider range of applications for electric power, including electric vehicles (EVs).

Some of the key points include the following:

  • A smart and strong electrical infrastructure can make substantial contributions to meeting energy and climate goals.
  • Modern economies depend on the continuous delivery of reliable and efficient electric power.
  • More diversified energy systems, with wider deployment of variable renewable energy sources and more complex electricity applications, like EVs, are making it more challenging to maintain power system reliability. 
  • The new paradigm requires the ability to adjust rapidly to changes and fluctuations throughout the system. 
  • To achieve this flexibility requires a range of advanced, interoperable technologies integrated with a holistic, systems view that cuts across old divides such as transmission versus distribution and traditional power system versus information and communications technologies. 
  • There is no single universal solution but rather a portfolio of flexible tools and technologies that can be applied to meet specific requirements.
  • Most of the individual technologies needed to transform the energy sector are already available, but need to be demonstrated and deployed, especially in integrated systems.
  • New approaches and policy frameworks are needed to stimulate early investments in infrastructure with a systems view.

A number of other ISGAN discussion papers have been released and are available on the ISGAN website and in the Resources section of the Clean Energy Ministerial website. The ISGAN discussion papers are meant as the authors’ inputs to the global discourse about smart grids and cover topics of international interest. They reflect works in progress in the development of smart grids in the different regions of the world and lay the groundwork for further inquiry and discussion.

Eskom, 21st Century Power Partnership Working Toward More Renewable Electricity in South Africa
Eskom, South Africa's power utility, with support from the 21st Century Power Partnership and the South African National Energy Development Institute, convened a two-day workshop with regional and global power system experts to support the goal of significantly increasing renewable electricity by 2030.

The workshop was designed to strengthen capacity for renewable integration at Eskom and exchange knowledge between energy experts in the region. Topics included evolving approaches to renewable electricity generation forecasting and integration of renewables on low-voltage networks.

"With a vision to significantly increase renewable electricity by 2030, South Africa is helping lead the way to a clean energy future. With this workshop, Eskom has demonstrated its commitment to realizing the vision articulated in the Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity 2010 – 2030," said Mackay Miller, who represents the 21st Century Power Partnership on behalf of the U.S. Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory. "The Power Partnership is excited to partner with Eskom to develop priorities and human capital needed to implement clean energy goals, which are important for the development of the country and the region."

The workshop held 9 – 10 December in South Africa, convened Eskom technical and executive leadership together with international experts in the areas of forecasting and power quality. Representatives attending from the Power Partnership Secretariat included Graham Pugh (U.S. Energy Department), Douglas Arent (Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis), and Mackay Miller (NREL).

About Eskom
Eskom provides sustainable electricity solutions to grow the economy and improve the quality of life of the people in South Africa and in the region. Eskom generates approximately 95% of the electricity used in the country and approximately 45% of the electricity used in Africa. Eskom generates, transmits and distributes electricity to industrial, mining, commercial, agricultural, and residential customers and redistributors.

About the 21st Century Power Partnership 
The 21st Century Power Partnership aims to accelerate the global transformation of power systems. The Power Partnership is a multilateral effort of the Clean Energy Ministerial and serves as a platform for public-private collaboration to advance integrated policy, regulatory, financial, and technical solutions for the large-scale deployment of renewable energy in combination with deep energy efficiency and smart grid solutions. 



International Awards Competition on Smart Grids Launched, Nominations Period Extended

The International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN), in partnership with the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF), has launched the first ISGAN Award of Excellence competition to recognize excellence in smart grid projects around the world. Michele de Nigris, Chair of ISGAN’s Executive Committee said, “The ISGAN Award of Excellence competition will showcase leadership and innovation in smart grid projects. This sets the stage for replication of proven concepts and will improve global understanding of the value that smart grids can offer.” 

“Through the partnership of GSGF and ISGAN, we intend to make this a prestigious annual award to recognize and celebrate exemplars in the global smart grid community. The Award of Excellence logo will mark the quality of the winning projects,” said Paddy Turnbull, Chair of the GSGF Board of Directors.

The theme for this inaugural award is “Consumer Engagement and Empowerment,” a critical element of the smart grid vision. Projects at pilot, demonstration, or deployment levels with a substantial consumer engagement and empowerment component are eligible to apply.  The nominations period runs through 00:00 UTC 27 March 2014, with winners expected to be announced at the fifth Clean Energy Ministerial meeting in Seoul, Korea 12 May. The official rules and other information can be found at www.iea-isgan.org/award2014

About the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN)

Launched in 2010 at the first Clean Energy Ministerial meeting, ISGAN brings together 25 governments and their designated institutions to accelerate the development and deployment of smarter electricity grids worldwide through dynamic knowledge sharing, peer review, tool development, and project coordination. ISGAN is formally organized through the Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Smart Grids (ISGAN) under a framework of the International Energy Agency.
www.iea-isgan.org

About the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF)

Established in 2010, GSGF is committed to creating smarter, cleaner electricity systems around the world. It links leading national and regional smart grid organizations from around the world, each representing a variety of private sector, academic, and other stakeholder interests. GSGF is working to accelerate the deployment of smart grids by facilitating the sharing of best practices on resolutions around barriers to deployment, consumer engagement, innovation, and capacity building.
/www.globalsmartgridfederation.org

UAE partners with leading countries on sustainable cities

WAM ABU DHABI, 25th January, 2014 (WAM) -- Government agencies and companies from the U.A.E., Denmark, Finland, France, and Sweden have outlined cooperation on waste-to-energy and demand-side management in the second meeting of the Global Sustainable Cities Network, convened as part of the 2014 Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

Hosted by the U.A.E. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Masdar, the Abu Dhabi-based renewable energy company, the three-day series of workshops and site visits evaluated policy and technology options to enhance market growth and cross-investment in the two fields. A study on the economic potential of waste heat reuse in the U.A.E. and GCC [Gulf Cooperation Council] was also announced.

"Cities are the primary arena of clean energy deployment, with enormous commercial potential for products and services that address resource efficiency and management. We have to get both the policies and the technologies right," said Suhail Al Mazrouei, U.A.E. Minister of Energy, who opened the meetings.

"Our partnership with market leaders in the GSCN reinforces the U.A.E.'s strategy to invest across the energy spectrum." The GSCN is an initiative under the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), a coalition of major and innovative economies to drive growth of the clean energy sector. Under the network, federal governments facilitate knowledge-sharing and partnership among select domestic entities with policymaking and procurement responsibilities.

The Abu Dhabi meeting follows from the 2013 GSCN meeting in Stockholm, which established the working groups on waste-to-energy and demand-side management.

"Waste and energy management represent extremely promising markets, internationally and especially in the GCC, where there is now a shift in mindset around their importance and economic opportunity," said Dr. Nawal Al Hosany, Director of Sustainability and Head of the GSCN Secretariat.

"We expect a sharp rise in demand for efficiency and recovery, requiring both infrastructure investments and policy adjustment. The Global Sustainable Cities Network therefore builds on the Masdar model as a platform where expertise, capital, and perspectives can be integrated to create these new urbanization solutions." The GSCN discussions focused on levers to drive greater efficiency in the two fields, looking at measurement and verification software, pricing, performance standards, consumer education, and technology selection.

Delegates leveraged specific local examples as market case studies, including Sharjah's Bee'ah, the U.A.E.'s leading integrated waste management company, and Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council's redevelopment of Mina Zayed as a sustainable community. Tabreed, the U.A.E. cooling company, and Dubai Aluminium (Dubal), also introduced initial work on capturing industrial waste for cooling through absorption chillers, either onsite or through district energy systems. The U.A.E. will expand the work into a study undertaken with the Swedish Energy Agency, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and other stakeholders.

"The U.A.E. strategy is to work with the best and invest for the long-term. We have followed this model successfully in the hydrocarbon sector, and we are applying it now for high-potential sectors like renewable waste-to-energy and energy efficiency," said Majid Al Suwaidi, lead climate change negotiator at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. "There is great opportunity in adapting practices among GSCN countries- as well as applying these hybrid solutions to third countries." The network plans to meet again in fall 2014.

© Copyright Emirates News Agency (WAM) 2014.

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Clean Energy Ministerial Publication Wins Communication Award

The Public-Private Roundtables at the Fourth Clean Energy Ministerial report has won an Award of Excellence in a technical communications competition sponsored by the Washington, DC chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC). Produced by the Clean Energy Ministerial, the report summarizes key outcomes from the public-private roundtables convened during the CEM’s fourth annual ministerial meeting (CEM4), held in New Delhi in April 2013. 

Recognizing the critical role the private sector can play in accelerating the transition to a global clean energy economy, the Clean Energy Ministerial each year convenes roundtables to provide an opportunity for energy ministers and other high-level officials to engage in an open discussion with the private sector, nongovernmental organizations, and other experts on particularly topical clean energy issues. For CEM4, 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.

The STC judges commended the CEM4 roundtables report for being “very well purposed for a diverse international audience of industry and governmental executives.” They also noted the appealing design, user-friendly format, and well-executed level-of-summary. 

The report will now be entered in STC’s international-level competition, which honors best-in-class communications from around the world.

The Clean Energy Ministerial is 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. www.cleanenergyministerial.org

STC is an individual membership organization dedicated to advancing the arts and sciences of technical communication.www.stcwdc.org

Contact:

Clean Energy Ministerial Secretariat
CEMSecretariat@hq.doe.gov
+1 202-586-4131
21st Century Power Partnership Works through RAP to Deliver Energy Efficiency Progress in Arkansas

Work supported by the Clean Energy Ministerial’s 21st Century Power Partnership (21CPP) has helped expand energy efficiency programs in the U.S. state of Arkansas. The Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP), a global nonprofit organization that advises public officials on regulatory and competitive utilities policies, was commissioned by 21CPP to conduct a ‘deep dive’ into a U.S. state. with the goal of informing policy makers on utility program designs and regulatory policies to improve end-use energy efficiency. 

The state of Arkansas was chosen based on a number of criteria, but with two uppermost; the level of energy efficiency in the state offered significant opportunities for progress, and there was strong buy-in and desire from the Arkansas Public Service Commission for assistance. Although the state has some of the lowest electricity rates in the U.S., the residential bills are close to the national average because of high usage. 

“Energy efficiency is the cheapest way we can help manage energy usage and rates,” said Commission Chairman Colette Honorable. “This focus on efficiency allows us to get the greatest return on consumers' investment."

RAP worked directly with the Commission to provide expert analysis and on-the-ground technical assistance in the areas of utility energy efficiency targets and projects, weatherization programs, analysis of combined heat and power, and coordination of utility and environmental planning. The ambitious 20-month work program culminated in the implementation of a comprehensive Energy Efficiency Roadmap, issued as a final order in September 2013.

The Roadmap and other work in Arkansas resulted in a number of significant accomplishments, including the following:

  • The 2015 energy efficiency target for electric utilities was increased to 0.9% from 0.75% and for gas utilities to 0.5% from 0.4%. Increasing targets are expected for 2016 and 2017.
  • A tiered incentive system was created that provided significantly more motivation for utilities to exceed these new, higher energy savings goals.
  • A standardized approach was developed for determining avoided costs related to energy efficiency efforts.
  • A collaborative was created to develop uniform statewide best practices, particularly with residential weatherization programs and commercial and industrial energy efficiency programs.

The Commission has also invited proposals from utilities on decoupling revenues from sales. Decoupling is considered a crucial step in removing barriers for utilities to pursue energy efficiency and will be particularly important as energy efficiency target increase over time. RAP’s work provided suggested parameters for the issues all proposals are required to address. Work is also continuing on developing robust integrated resource planning (IRP) rules that will allow the Commission to review least-cost alternatives to proposed power plant expansion and upgrades.

“There was a substantial amount of work accomplished in a very short period of time,” said Matthew Wittenstein, lead coordinator for 21CPP. “This success was dependent on very dedicated and enthusiastic participants and stakeholders who worked tirelessly on this project.”

This deep dive work program in Arkansas is already serving as a model for energy efficiency efforts in other U.S. states as well as sub-national efforts in other countries. Neighboring state Mississippi recently issued rules that largely followed those in Arkansas. A similar work program is also taking place in India. 

The detailed report outlining the work programs and outcomes, The Clean Energy Ministerial’s U.S. Strategic Engagement on Energy Efficiency in Arkansas, is now available on the Clean Energy Ministerial website.

Global LEAP to Host Off-Grid PlugFest at CEM5

A first-of-its-kind off-grid appliance and clean energy system “PlugFest” will be held at the fifth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM5) in Seoul on 13 May 2014. Organized by the Clean Energy Ministerial in partnership with the Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy (MOTIE), the event will bring together low-voltage DC appliance manufacturers, off-grid solar home system (SHS) companies, and other energy access professionals to share best practices, and test appliance-system interoperability—a key challenge facing the off-grid clean energy access market. 

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The off-grid appliance and low-voltage clean energy system market is growing rapidly, and it holds the promise of reaching and transforming millions of households throughout the developing world. According to Dalberg Global Development Advisors, approximately 120 million off-grid base-of-pyramid (BOP) households and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are currently in a position to purchase an off-grid appliance/SHS bundle. With changing demographics and falling prices for LED lights and solar systems, another 100 million households and SMEs are expected to enter the market by 2020. 

The improved interoperability of DC appliances and systems will be necessary to support market growth. Currently, DC connectors and jacks vary widely across SHS configurations. For example, among the 14 SHS companies featured in the Global LEAP Off-Grid Solar Home System Market Guide, at least 8 different DC connector types are used. This lack of harmonization significantly hampers new market entry by appliance manufacturers, and the benefits of scale, cost, and growth that come with open, competitive markets.

DC appliance manufacturers, SHS companies, and DC mini- or micro-grid developers are invited to attend the PlugFest event on 13 May. For queries and sponsorship opportunities, contact GlobalLEAP@hq.doe.gov

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Side Events Announced for the Fifth Clean Energy Ministerial

The fifth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM5) meeting in Seoul will include several side events that will engage and inform university students about the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), advance efficient off-grid appliances, recognize global award winners, and raise overall awareness about the CEM and its work.

Model CEM

The first-ever Model CEM will take place on Monday, 12 May, concurrent with the ministerial meeting. At this special forum, which is patterned on the Model UN, university students that have been selected to represent each of the CEM member countries will present the current status of clean energy development in their country, discuss possible measures to strengthen international cooperation, and adopt a “Joint Declaration on Creating a Clean Energy Society.” The students will present the Joint Declaration to the full meeting of ministers and delegates at the end of the day. The goal of this new event is to encourage the next generation of clean energy leaders, raise awareness of the CEM, and strengthen global cooperation on clean energy.

Off-Grid PlugFest

A first-of-its-kind off-grid appliance and clean energy system “PlugFest” will be held on Tuesday, 13 May. Organized by the CEM’s Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) initiative,  the event will bring together low-voltage DC appliance manufacturers, off-grid solar home system (SHS) companies, and other energy access professionals to share best practices and to test appliance-system interoperability—a key challenge facing the off-grid clean energy access market. DC appliance manufacturers, SHS companies, and DC mini- or micro-grid developers are invited to attend. For queries and sponsorship opportunities, contact GlobalLEAP@hq.doe.gov.

Awards Ceremony

At the end of the first day (12 May), from 17:30 to 18:30, an award ceremony will take place to recognize the winners of the ISGAN Award of Excellence, the SEAD Global Efficiency Medal competition for displays, and the Global LEAP Off-Grid TV and Lighting Awards. Members of the press are invited and encouraged to attend this awards ceremony.

ISGAN Award of Excellence: Consumer Engagement & Empowerment
The International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) and the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF) will announce the winners of the inaugural ISGAN Award of Excellence, which recognizes excellence in smart grid projects around the world. This year’s awards will highlight top consumer engagement and empowerment efforts—which are a critical element of smart grid implementation. www.iea-isgan.org/award2014

SEAD Global Efficiency Medals: Display Awards
The Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) Initiative will recognize the winners of its Global Efficiency Medal competition for the world’s most energy-efficient computer monitors. The Global Efficiency Medal competition is the first effort to identify the most energy-efficient computer monitors on the market around the world today. http://superefficient.org/displayawards

Global LEAP Awards: Outstanding Off-Grid TV and Lighting Awards
Global LEAP will announce the winners of its competitions for the highest quality, most energy-efficient off-grid televisions and off-grid LED lighting appliances. The Global LEAP Outstanding Off-Grid Product Awards support self-sustaining commercial markets for off-grid energy products by identifying and promoting the most energy-efficient, affordable, and highest-quality appliances. http://www.globalleapawards.org/

For more information or queries about any of these events, please refer to the event-specific contact information shown, or contact the CEM Secretariat:

Clean Energy Ministerial Secretariat
CEMSecretariat@hq.doe.gov
 

Global LEAP Awards for World’s Best Off-Grid Televisions and LED Lights (Media Alert)

The winners of the Global LEAP Outstanding Off-Grid Appliance Awards (Global LEAP Awards) will be announced on 12 May 2014 at the fifth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM5) in Seoul, Korea.

Diary Date

The Awards recognize the very best, most energy-efficient color televisions and super-low energy LED room lights that are compatible with small off-grid solar energy systems. Winners will be announced during a public awards ceremony to be held during CEM5. Journalists with accredited media organisations are invited to attend the ceremony.

Date: 12 May 2014
Time: 17:30 KST (UTC + 9 hours)
Venue: Grand Hyatt Seoul, Grand Ballroom, Seoul, Korea

Registration

To register to attend the ceremony, send an e-mail to CEMSecretariat@hq.doe.gov with your name, role and your accredited media organisation by close of business on Friday, 2 May. To receive the Finalists and Winners announcements, please register at http://bit.ly/1iTM6po. Winners’ information will be made available to media at the following times: 

  • Seoul, Korea: 22:00 Monday, 12 May 2014
  • Washington DC, USA: 09:00 Monday, 12 May 2014 

Background

Globally, a total of 1.2 billion people live without adequate access to electricity, and another billion have less than four hours of reliable electricity each day. The vast majority of these off-grid communities are in developing Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, and they are frequently among the world’s poorest.

Appliances and the services they provide are in high demand in off-grid communities throughout the developing world. This demand frequently inspires off-grid consumers to purchase small renewable energy systems, such as solar home systems, to run the appliances. These clean energy systems often replace these households’ needs for pre-modern, polluting energy sources such as kerosene and charcoal.

“We’ve seen that demand for TVs and other modern appliances drives demand for small renewable energy systems throughout the developing world,” says Global LEAP initiative lead Caroline McGregor. “And off-grid households and small businesses that purchase these systems very quickly see the economic and health benefits of modern clean energy.” 

Energy-efficient, high-quality appliances optimize these benefits by extending run times, reducing energy costs, and making the most of the limited electricity available to off-grid consumers. 

An initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial’s Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership, the Global LEAP Awards support self-sustaining commercial markets for off-grid energy products by identifying and promoting the most energy-efficient, affordable, and highest-quality appliances. Competition and innovation will bring decreased prices and the increased scale required to fulfil the United Nations’ goal of “Sustainable Energy for All” by 2030. www.globalleapawards.org

Contact

Matt Jordan
CLASP
globalleap@clasponline.org
Phone: +1.650.283.8352 (Washington, DC, USA
Finalists Announced for the Global LEAP Awards for World’s Best Off-Grid Color Televisions and LED Lighting Appliances

Finalists have been named for the Global LEAP Outstanding Off-Grid Appliance Awards  competition, a Clean Energy Ministerial initiative to identify and promote the world’s best, most energy-efficient off-grid color televisions and LED room lighting appliances.

All Global LEAP Awards Finalists have been evaluated in a two-step process: (1) they have been tested for their energy performance, durability, and reliability according to internationally accepted laboratory test methodologies; and (2) they have been assessed by a panel of off-grid market experts for their ability to contribute to successful off-grid clean energy markets throughout the developing world. The Global LEAP Awards Finalists listed below are among the world’s best off-grid-compatible low-voltage appliances.

“Because they drive demand for off-grid clean energy systems, low-voltage appliances play a critical role in global clean energy access efforts,” said Caroline McGregor, the Global LEAP initiative lead. “We’re very proud to announce the Finalists for the Global LEAP Awards. Every one of these products is going to make an impact on the continued growth and development of clean energy access markets.”

Winners of the Global LEAP Awards will be announced at the Fifth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM5) in Seoul, Korea on 12 May 2014.

Television Competition Finalists, Global LEAP Awards

Small Category (viewable screen size ≥ 390 cm2 but < 700 cm2)

  • Sola SO16M 15.6” LED TV by Sola Home Appliances, Inc.
  • SOLAGEO TWB-TVE1603A 15.6” LED TV by Trade Without Borders

Medium Category (viewable screen size ≥ 700 cm2 but < 1,400 cm2)

  • Sola SO19M 19” LED TV by Sola Home Appliances, Inc.

Large Category (viewable screen size ≥ 1,400 cm2)

  • Samsung UA23H4060AR 23” LED TV by Samsung

Emerging Technologies—Small Category

  • fosera CTV 1040156 15.6” Solar TV by fosera
  • MAKS L15RN01 15” Solar LED TV by MAKS

Emerging Technologies—Large Category

  • Samsung UA32**** 32” Prototype LED TV by Samsung

LED Room Lighting Appliance Finalists, Global LEAP Awards

LED Bulbs

  • LED Ball Light by Solarland
  • LED-DC12V-5W by Super Star Group, Bangladesh

LED Ambient Indoor Room Lighting Fixtures (luminous output ≥ 100 but < 300 lumens)

  • LED DC Tube Light by Solarland

LED Higher-Output Ambient Indoor Room Lighting Fixtures (luminous output ≥ 300 lumens)

  • Home 300 by Niwa Solar
  • T5 Tube LED-DC-12V-5W by Super Star Group, Bangladesh
  • T8 Tube LED-DC-12V-3W by Super Star Group, Bangladesh


Media Registration
: To register to attend the Global LEAP Awards ceremony, send an e-mail to CEMSecretariat@hq.doe.gov with your name, role and your accredited media organisation by close of business on Friday, 2 May. To receive the Winners announcement electronically, please register at http://bit.ly/1iTM6po. Winners’ information will be made available to media at the following times:

  • Seoul, Korea: 22:00 Monday, 12 May 2014
  • Washington DC, USA: 09:00 Monday, 12 May 2014


Background
: Globally, a total of 1.2 billion people live without adequate access to electricity, and another billion have less than four hours of reliable electricity each day. The vast majority of these off-grid communities are in developing Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, and they are frequently among the world’s poorest.

Appliances and the services they provide are in high demand in off-grid communities throughout the developing world. This demand frequently inspires off-grid consumers to purchase small renewable energy systems, such as solar home systems, to run the appliances. These clean energy systems often replace these households’ needs for pre-modern, polluting energy sources such as kerosene and charcoal, and provide significant health, environmental, and economic benefits.

Energy-efficient, high-quality appliances optimize these benefits by extending run times, reducing energy costs, and making the most of the limited electricity available to off-grid consumers.

The purpose of the Global LEAP Awards is to provide off-grid clean energy companies and entrepreneurs with clear signals about appliance quality and performance, and to enable these companies to make better-informed sourcing and procurement decisions.

The Global LEAP Awards is an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial’s Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership and is co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and the ClimateWorks Foundation. www.globalleapawards.org

Contact

Matt Jordan
CLASP
Washington, DC, USA | globalleap@clasponline.org | +1.650.283.8352

Global LEAP Awards Names Winning Off-Grid Color Televisions and LED Lighting Appliances

Winners have been named for the inaugural Global LEAP Outstanding Off-Grid Appliance Awards competition, a Clean Energy Ministerial initiative to identify and promote the world's best, most energy-efficient off-grid color televisions and LED room lighting appliances.

“Quality assured, super-efficient low-voltage appliances build consumer trust and reduce costs for energy-poor populations throughout the developing world,” said the U.S. Department of Energy’s Caroline McGregor, the Global LEAP initiative lead. “They’re essential to creating and sustaining demand for technologies like off-grid solar. We congratulate the winners of the Global LEAP Awards, which are among the very best performing, most affordable off-grid appliances in the world.”

Winners: Global LEAP Awards Outstanding Off-Grid Televisions Competition

  • Commercially Available–Small: Sola SO16M 15.6” LED TV by Solar Home Appliances, Inc.
  • Commercially Available–Medium: Sola SO19M 19” LED TV by Solar Home Appliances, Inc.
  • Commercially Available–Large: Samsung UA23H4060AR 23” LED TV by Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
  • Emerging Technology–Small: DC TV 15.6" 12V by fosera GmbH & Co.KG aA
  • Emerging Technology–Large: Samsung UA32**** 32” Prototype LED TV by Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Winners: Global LEAP Awards Outstanding Off-Grid LED Room Lighting Appliance Competition

  • LED Bulbs: LED-DC12V-5W by Super Star Group, Bangladesh
  • LED Ambient Indoor Room Lighting Fixtures: LED DC Tube Light by Solarland
  • LED Higher-Output  Ambient Indoor Room Lighting Fixtures: T5 Tube LED-DC-12V-5W by Super Star Group, Bangladesh

All Global LEAP Awards finalists were laboratory tested to confirm their energy performance, durability, and reliability, and were also evaluated by a panel of off-grid market experts for their positive contributions to off-grid clean energy markets throughout the developing world. Winners were identified through a combination of expert evaluation and energy- and cost-based quantitative assessments.

Background: Globally, a total of 1.2 billion people live without adequate access to electricity, and another billion have less than four hours of reliable electricity each day. The vast majority of these off-grid communities are in developing Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, and they are frequently among the world’s poorest.

Appliances and the services they provide are in high demand in off-grid communities. This demand frequently inspires off-grid consumers to purchase small clean energy systems, such as solar home systems. Clean energy systems can replace these households’ needs for pre-modern, polluting energy sources such as kerosene and charcoal, and provide significant health, environmental, and economic benefits while improving quality of life.

Energy-efficient, high-quality off-grid appliances offer improved service but need smaller energy systems to run, reducing the necessary investment in off-grid energy systems and making the most of the limited electricity available to off-grid households and businesses. 

The global market for off-grid clean energy systems is growing rapidly, providing clean electricity solutions to un-electrified and under-electrified communities. Off-grid customers are typically very poor, but by reducing energy system costs, energy-efficient off-grid appliances like those identified by the Global LEAP Awards put modern energy services within economic reach for many off-grid households and businesses throughout the developing world.  

The Global LEAP Awards provide off-grid clean energy companies and entrepreneurs with clear signals about appliance quality and performance and enable these companies to make better-informed appliance sourcing and procurement decisions.

By coupling their energy systems with quality-assured, super-efficient off-grid appliances, off-grid clean energy companies will be able to sell more systems, growing their businesses and improving the lives of their customers.

The Global LEAP Awards is an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial’s Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership, and is co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and the ClimateWorks Foundation. www.GlobalLEAPawards.org

Additional Resources

Product descriptions and contacts are available at http://bit.ly/1j3huHu

Global LEAP Awards Off-Grid TVs Finalists and customers photos are available at http://bit.ly/1iiKXXV.

Global LEAP Awards Off-Grid LED Lights Finalists and customers photos are available at http://bit.ly/1g2TP3W.

Contact

Matt Jordan, CLASP, Washington, DC, USA | globalleap@clasponline.org | +1.650.283.8352

ISGAN and GSGF Recognize Entergy New Orleans’ “SmartView”  AMI Pilot as 2014 ISGAN Award of Excellence Winner

Today, during the fifth Clean Energy Ministerial in Seoul, Korea, the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) and the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF) announced Entergy New Orleans, Inc.’s “SmartView” Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) pilot project as the winner of the first-ever ISGAN Award of Excellence. The project was singled out from among the more than 40 nominations from 15 countries submitted to the competition, which for this inaugural round focused on consumer engagement and empowerment. 

“The Award of Excellence marks the ‘SmartView’ AMI pilot as a leading example of consumer engagement and empowerment around the world,” said Dr. Michele de Nigris, Chair of ISGAN’s Executive Committee. “It demonstrates an approach that other organizations could use to successfully engage with their consumers.”

GSGF Executive Director Ronnie Belmans led a distinguished jury of international experts in making the selection. Dr. Belmans said, “The ‘SmartView’ project exemplifies the successful empowerment of consumers to achieve remarkable societal benefits associated with smart grids.”

The “SmartView” AMI pilot project engaged and empowered 4,700 low-income consumers to use AMI technologies to better manage their energy use and reduce their energy bills. Consumers were invited to participate in a variety of demand-response programs, including programs that provide rebates for reducing energy use during peak periods and that reduce air conditioning use (through load controls).

Entergy New Orleans’ staff, the New Orleans City Council, and community organizations worked together to introduce AMI technology, educate participants, produce energy savings, and provide a platform for the implementation of future smart grid technologies. Approximately 80%–90% of the program participants believed the program saved them money on their energy bills, and over 90% expressed interest in participating on a permanent basis.

Mr. Charles Rice Jr., President and CEO of Entergy New Orleans, Inc., stated, “We are proud that ISGAN and GSGF recognized our ‘SmartView’ AMI pilot project with the Award of Excellence, and hope that its strong focus on community engagement can serve as an example for other smart grid projects.”

ISGAN and GSGF also recognized a second project, Østkraft Holding A/S’ Ecogrid: Consumer Engagement in the Future Power System, with the title “Honorable Mention,” as well as eight additional projects as finalists. 

ISGAN and GSGF launched the annual Award of Excellence competition to showcase global leadership and innovation in smart grids. More information on the Award of Excellence competition can be found at www.iea-isgan.org.

Entergy New Orleans, Inc.’s “SmartView” AMI pilot project will be featured during an ISGAN–Clean Energy Solutions Center webinar scheduled for 6 June 2014. 

About the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN)

Launched in 2010 at the first Clean Energy Ministerial meeting, the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) brings together governments and their stakeholders to accelerate the development and deployment of smarter electricity grids worldwide through dynamic knowledge sharing, peer exchange, tool development, and project coordination. ISGAN is formally organized through the Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Smart Grids (ISGAN) under a framework of the International Energy Agency.

About the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF)

Established in 2010, the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF) is committed to creating smarter, cleaner electricity systems globally. It links leading national and regional smart grid organizations from around the world, each representing a variety of private-sector, academic, and other stakeholder interests. GSGF works to accelerate the deployment of smart grids by facilitating sharing of best practices on solutions for barriers to deployment, consumer engagement, innovation, and capacity building.

The Clean Energy Ministerial is 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. www.cleanenergyministerial.org

Contact:

Clean Energy Ministerial Secretariat
CEMSecretariat@hq.doe.gov
+1 202-586-4131

World Energy Leaders Highlight Progress and Announce New Actions on Clean Energy at Fifth Clean Energy Ministerial

Recognizing the growing urgency of the world’s energy and climate challenges, energy leaders from the world’s largest economies and others gathered in Seoul for the fifth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM5) to strategize next steps in their efforts to accelerate the deployment of clean and efficient energy. Hosted by Korea on 12–13 May, CEM5 got underway with opening remarks from Yoon Sang-Jick, Korea’s Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy, who said it was important for those present to “spur a cycle of technology development and market creation.” U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz co-chaired the meeting, and in his opening remarks he called on those present to “aim for nothing less than a worldwide clean energy revolution.”

Over the two-day meeting, energy ministers and other high-level delegates highlighted progress made through the Ministerial’s collaborative initiatives and announced new and expanded actions that will enhance clean energy supply, improve energy efficiency and expand clean energy access around the world.

In an ambitious effort to reduce energy use on a global scale, the Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiative opened a competition to recognize the most energy-efficient lighting around the world. Grid-based lighting accounts for almost 20% of world electricity consumption. By recognizing and promoting the world’s most energy-efficient lighting, the SEAD competition will spur greater innovation among manufacturers and help buyers make informed purchasing decisions that can lower energy bills.

The Clean Energy Solutions Center and the International Renewable Energy Agency signed a memorandum of understanding establishing the Renewable Energy Policy Advice Network (REPAN). The jointly led network will leverage both organizations’ resources by coordinating a global network of experts and practitioners that helps countries design and implement renewable energy policies and programs.

The Multilateral Solar and Wind Working Group announced the release of a new report, econValue - The Socio-Economic Benefits of Renewable Energy, which highlights approaches for measuring the economic value, such as jobs and tax revenues, created from the deployment of solar and wind technologies.

The United Kingdom announced a new project under the Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS) Action Group to produce a guide for countries wishing to implement carbon dioxide (CO2) storage assessment methodologies. This project will be jointly funded by the UK and Korea. The Action Group also delivered a key messages report to ministers and announced that it would transition its work to the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum, which will also take on the role of delivering CCUS key messages to ministers during future meetings.

The 21st Century Power Partnership (21CPP) announced major new support from the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) to help Mexico transform its power sector. CIFF will provide up to $3.9 million for power sector technical support that will help Mexico achieve secure, reliable and clean electricity as part of its energy reform agenda.

Mexico also announced a new voluntary industry standard for cool roofs that was developed through support from the Global Superior Energy Performance (GSEP) initiative. The standard provides a technical definition of a cool roof and procedures for testing and rating cool roof materials, providing an important early step in the development of a cool roof market in Mexico.

Additional announcements were made regarding engagement in CEM initiatives: Canada joined the Electric Vehicles Initiative; Japan joined the C3E Women in Clean Energy initiative; South Africa joined the Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership initiative, and Denmark joined the International Smart Grid Action Network. 

Ministers also announced that the CEM would explore three additional work streams: the market accessibility of clean energy products, clean energy finance, and the energy-water nexus.  

A unique feature of CEM5 was the Model CEM program. University students were selected to represent CEM member governments and took part in a parallel session to discuss measures to strengthen international cooperation.

CEM5 also featured an awards ceremony where winners of the three award programs active under CEM initiatives were recognized. Entergy New Orleans, Inc.’s “SmartView” Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) pilot took top honors in the inaugural ISGAN Award of Excellence for its consumer engagement and empowerment efforts. Samsung and LG were recognized as winners of the SEAD Global Efficiency Medal competition for the world’s most energy-efficient computer monitors. The Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) announced winners of the inaugural Global LEAP Off-Grid Appliance Awards.

Global LEAP also organized a first-of-its-kind off-grid appliance and clean energy system “PlugFest” during CEM5. The event brought together low-voltage direct current (DC) appliance manufacturers, off-grid solar home system (SHS) companies and other energy access professionals to share best practices and to test appliance-system interoperability—a key challenge facing the off-grid clean energy access market.

Looking ahead, the Government of Mexico will host the sixth Clean Energy Ministerial in 2015.

For additional information, please see the following attachments:

Information on the Clean Energy Ministerial is also available at www.cleanenergyministerial.org.

For additional information, email CEMSecretariat@hq.doe.gov.

Contact

Clean Energy Ministerial Secretariat
CEMSecretariat@hq.doe.gov
+1 202-586-4131
Children's Investment Fund Foundation and 21st Century Power Partnership Team Up to Help Mexico Transform Its Power Sector

The Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) will provide up to $3.9 million to the 21st Century Power Partnership to create and operate a platform for power sector technical support for the Mexican federal government. This program will help Mexico achieve secure, reliable, and clean electricity as part of its energy reform agenda.

The 21st Century Power Partnership is an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial, a global forum to encourage and facilitate the transition to a global clean energy economy.

"The Children's Investment Fund Foundation is working with the 21st Century Power Partnership to help strengthen Mexico's efforts towards being a leader in the field of renewable energy with a modern and efficient energy system," Kate Hampton, Executive Director, Climate Change for CIFF said. "We believe that reliable, clean power can help drive large-scale, sustainable development over time and is therefore essential for improving the lives of children in emerging economies."

"The investment by the Children's Investment Fund Foundation in the 21st Century Power Partnership builds off of our thought leadership in power sector transformation; it allows us to expand our technical assistance our international network of power system experts to strengthen and support Mexico's power sector," Doug Arent of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) said.

NREL and its institutional partner, the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis, act as operating agent of the Power Partnership and will manage the new program. "This work also leverages the Power Partnership's experience on similar activities in India and South Africa," Arent said.

"Mexico is embarking on an ambitious energy reform and is committed to become a global clean energy leader," Leonardo Beltrán, Deputy Secretary for Energy Planning and Transition, Mexico Secretariat of Energy (SENER) said. "We welcome CIFF and the 21st Century Power Partnership as partners in this process."

The activities in this program have been developed in partnership with key stakeholders from the Mexican energy system, including the Secretariat of Energy (SENER), Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE), and Electricity Research Institute (IIE). The CIFF funding will be spread over a three-year period.

For more information about the Power Partnership or this program, contact 21stCenturyPower@NREL.gov or visit http://www.21stcenturypower.org/.

About the 21st Century Power Partnership
The 21st Century Power Partnership is a multilateral technical support platform set up under the Clean Energy Ministerial. The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the operating agent for the Power Partnership's technical support platform, providing nations with world-class technical and regulatory assistance founded in analysis of clean energy systems management and smart grid implementation. NREL is managed and operated by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC. http://www.21stcenturypower.org/

About the Children's Investment Fund Foundation
The Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) is a registered charity in England that aims to demonstrably improve the lives of children in developing countries by achieving large-scale, sustainable impact. Because climate change disproportionately affects children living in poverty in developing countries, tackling climate change has become a priority impact area for CIFF investment. CIFF's climate program seeks to fund projects where there is potential for transformational impact. http://ciff.org/

Contact

Clean Energy Ministerial Secretariat
CEMSecretariat@hq.doe.gov
+1 202-586-4131

SEAD and India’s Bureau of Energy Efficiency Host Workshop on Enhancing Space Cooling Efficiency and Demand Response

On 24–25 June, domestic and international experts gathered for a two-day workshop to address India’s rapidly growing electricity demand from air conditioners (ACs). In a series of panel discussions, air conditioning manufacturers, demand response providers, and regulatory experts focused on the impact of ACs on the Indian electric grid and the role of energy efficiency and demand response to meet rising electricity demand. The Bureau of Energy Efficiency in India’s Ministry of Power and the U.S. Department of Energy organized the event in collaboration with the Clean Energy Ministerial’s Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) and 21st Century Power Partnership initiatives as part of the U.S.-India Collaboration on Smart and Efficient Air Conditioning and Space Cooling. 

“Energy efficiency and demand response will both be critical pillars in managing peak load from space cooling in India, in addition to commercial buildings that stay cooler by design,” said Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General, Bureau of Energy Efficiency, in his remarks. “We hope that the various international and Indian perspectives on efficiency and demand response featured as part of this workshop can spark an ongoing dialogue about these issues in order to implement affordable, smart, and efficient space cooling solutions to serve the Indian people.”

Mr. Gireesh Pradhan, Chairperson of the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission, seconded the call for a greater focus on demand reduction. “Traditionally we have focused on supply to meet growing electricity demand in India. Now is the time for our focus to increasingly turn to managing demand in order to optimize our existing energy resources,” he explained.

Workshop participants assessed technology, market, regulatory, and policy issues related to the adoption of efficient and demand response ready space cooling to effectively reduce the impact of large-scale peak electricity demand. 

Since 2004, room AC sales in India have been growing at about 15% per year, with more than 3.5 million units sold in 2013. Growth in AC sales is expected to raise peak electricity demand by 75,000 megawatts (MW) to 150,000 MW by 2030, according to a study by the Expert Group on Low Carbon Strategies for Inclusive Growth for India’s Planning Commission and independent analysis conducted by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) for the SEAD initiative. 

“Demand response is already delivering more than 50,000 MW in peak load reduction in the United States,” observed Dr. Nihar Shah, energy efficiency expert at LBNL. “Pilots in Mumbai and Delhi are also demonstrating the potential for peak load reduction in India.” 

“Many countries are facing similar challenges in meeting rapidly growing AC electricity demand. SEAD partners, including the Indian and U.S. governments, are working together to gather knowledge and share experiences on policies to improve room AC efficiency, such as standards and labels, and manage demand, ” said Dr. Gabrielle Dreyfus, coordinator of the SEAD initiative.

Speakers at the workshop included Dr. Ajay Mathur (Director General, Bureau of Energy Efficiency); Mr. Gireesh Pradhan (Chairman, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission); Mr. Reji Kumar Pillai (President, India Smart Grid Forum); and representatives from the Refrigeration and Airconditioning Manufacturers’ Association (RAMA), Blue Star Ltd., Daikin Air-conditioning India Pvt. Ltd., LG Electronics India Pvt. Ltd., Siemens India, Honeywell, Opower, Tata Power, and others.

The workshop agenda and presentation files are available on the BEE website, at http://www.beeindia.in/content.php?page=schemes/schemes.php?id=2.

About BEE

The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) is a multi disciplinary body under the provisions of the Energy Conservation Act, 2001 and established with effect from 1 March 2002. BEE’s mission is to develop policy and strategies with a thrust on self-regulation and market principles, within the overall framework of the Energy Conservation Act (EC Act), 2001, with the primary objective of reducing the energy intensity of the Indian economy. The Energy Conservation Act provides for quasi-regulatory and promotion functions to BEE. BEE has developed minimum energy performance standards and labeling for equipment and appliances.
http://www.beeindia.in

About SEAD

Through the collaborative efforts of its 16 participating governments, the Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiative under the Clean Energy Ministerial and International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) aims to accelerate global progress on the energy efficiency of equipment and appliances. Governments participating in SEAD include Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Commission. 
www.superefficient.org

About 21CPP

The 21st Century Power Partnership (21CPP) aims to accelerate the transition to clean, efficient, reliable and cost-effective power systems. 21CPP is a multilateral effort of the Clean Energy Ministerial and serves as a platform for collaboration to advance integrated policy, regulatory, financial, and technical solutions for the large-scale deployment of renewable energy in combination with deep energy efficiency and smart grid solutions.
www.21stcenturypower.org 

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