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Private Equity and Energy Transition

The decarbonization goals set by national governments and international alliances require massive capital, much of it to come from private funds.  Private capital, however, does not get invested to achieve policy goals, it gets invested to earn returns.  Our panel of experts will discuss the role and opportunities for private equity in the energy transition, …

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Clean, Resilient Power for Caribbean States

On October 31st, the Guarini Center hosted an event in collaboration with the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, as well as Tesla Inc., to examine opportunities and obstacles to deploying renewable energy powered microgrids in the Caribbean region. The workshop brought together experts from international development organizations, non-profit institutions, academia, …

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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. …

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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 …

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

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, which brought together SIDS utility representatives …

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Deploying Solar Powered Microgrids on Small Island Developing States

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 instance, when global …

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