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More Power to India: The Challenge of Distribution

More Power to India: The Challenge of Distribution

The government of India has emphasized that an efficient, resilient, and financially robust power sector is essential for growth and poverty reduction (Ministry of Power 2005). Almost all investment-climate surveys point to poor availability and quality of power as critical constraints to commercial and manufacturing activity with implications for national competitiveness. Further, more than 300

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Mapping Smart-Grid Modernization in Power Distribution Systems

Grid modernization offers significant benefits to the quality and efficiency of service delivery in all grids, irrespective of the current level of modernization. These benefits include improved operational efficiency (reduced losses, lower energy consumption, etc.), reduced electrical demand during peak load periods, improved service reliability, and ability to accommodate distributed generating resources without adversely impacting


Governance of Indian State Power Utilities: An Ongoing Journey

By the late 1990s, the technical and financial performance of the power sector in India had deteriorated to the point where the Government of India had to step in to bail out the state utilities, almost all of which were vertically integrated state electricity boards (SEBs). Considering that the dismal performance of state utilities reflected


Driving Energy Efficiency Markets through Municipal Procurement

Many of the most successful municipal energy efficient procurement programs around the world—London, Mexico City, New York City, and Vienna—have been undertaken without any action at the national level. Forward-looking cities can be champions for energy efficiency initiatives today, showing other cities and their national governments how such measures can save money and drive markets.

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Western Balkans: Scaling Up Energy Efficiency in Buildings

Within the six countries of the Western Balkans—Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia—energy efficiency (EE) is increasingly seen as a key pillar in national energy strategies, helping to enhance energy security, contribute to economic growth, and ensure environmental sustainability. This is for several reasons. EE can reduce


Energy Efficiency Financing Option Papers for Turkey

Turkey imports a large percentage of its energy needs. In 2014 imports were 75 percent of energy needs, accounting for US$55 billion or about 7 percent of its GDP. Also, continued growth in electricity demand is projected to deplete the power reserve margins within the next five years. As a result, energy efficiency (EE) is


Energy Efficiency Financing Option Papers For Kosovo

As a result of continuing economic growth in Kosovo, the demand for electricity is outstripping the supply, and Kosovo has to rely on unreliable electricity imports. Also, Kosovo’s high reliance on firewood to meet heating needs is leading to adverse environmental, economic and health impacts. Therefore, energy efficiency (EE) should be a critical component of

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Planning Energy Efficient and Livable Cities

The world’s urban population is expected to increase by about 2.7 billion by 2050. Virtually all of the increased population will be in developing countries, leading to massive needs for new and improved housing and urban infrastructures (UNDESA 2012). The planning and design of these new developments will reshape or create new urban landscapes with

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