Tag Archives: renewable

The Promise of Renewable Energy Microgrids for Rural Latin America

Since the adoption of the utility business model in the early 20th century, governments have relied on extending their national transmission grids to supply electricity to remote populations. Many countries in Latin America have followed this model. In the few cases where grids were not extended, electrification has been achieved by installing local diesel generation. […]

Guarini Center Convenes International Workshop on Microgrid Deployment

Led by Bryce Rudyk and Danielle Spiegel-Feld, the Guarini Center convened a major international conference to explore barriers and opportunities for deploying renewable energy powered microgrids in Latin America. The workshop drew participants from the international development community, including the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, Inter-American Development Bank, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the […]

Allocating the Economic Benefits of Renewable Energy Between Stakeholders on Small Island Developing States (SIDS): Arguments for a Balanced Approach

Authors: Bryce Rudyk and Danielle Spiegel-Feld For many Small Island Developing States (SIDS) the cost of producing electricity from imported fossil fuels is so high and the cost of renewable energy technology has fallen so significantly that transitioning towards renewable energy is likely to produce cost savings. A recent workshop at NYU School of Law, […]

Deploying Solar Powered Microgrids on Small Island Developing States

Author: Danielle Spiegel-Feld Today, the majority of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) rely on imported diesel fuel to generate electricity on the islands. This reliance on diesel exposes SIDS to multiple challenges. First, the fuel must typically be transported great distances at great expense and the resulting electricity tariffs can be staggeringly high. In 2010, for […]

October 1, 2015 – Cleaner, Resilient Power for Island States

For small island states that face the daunting challenges of high energy costs and climate change, abandoning fossil fuels in favor of solar energy would appear to be an attractive solution. Many, however, have not adopted cheaper, cleaner energy. To understand why, the Law School’s Frank J. Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy and Land Use […]