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Short-Term Opportunity to Comment on DRAFT SE4All Global Tracking Framework Report

Many thanks to our colleagues at Practical Action for passing this on to us. The next edition of the Global Tracking Framework report of Sustainable Energy for All is now out for a limited period for public consultation. The report is now live and hosted on the REN21 Website. To access the consultation document, please […]

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For Consideration: Attending US Conferences

The LCEDN is an integral part of  global attempts to build an international community promoting the sustainable spread of low carbon technologies in support of enhancing the life opportunities for urban and rural communities. Taking part in face to face meetings and conferences are an important part of that process but when a whole swathe […]

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Next Smart Villages/LCEDN Webinar: Scaling up gender: Women in off-grid energy business models & supply chains

In August, we held a successful webinar focusing on women and entrepreneurship in off-grid communities, with views from Solar Sister, Ajima Farms Ltd, Power4All, and Kopernik. For our next webinar, we will hear from off-grid companies, including Frontier Markets, PEG Ghana, among others, on how they have scaled up inclusiveness and integrated gender into their […]

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Webinar: Addressing Energy Governance: Questions of Scale and Scope (July 18th)

Our next Webinar with Smart Villages is taking place on Monday July 18th between 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM BST This webinar brings together researchers working on energy governance issues from a range of projects funded under two different DFID initiatives. These initiatives are the EPSRC/DFID/DECC funded Understading Sustainable Energy Solutions (USES) programme whose 13 […]

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Workshop Report: Small-Scale Wind in Chile

Our colleagues in Bright Planet Education  ( ) presented a series of three practical workshops in the XIth Region of Patagonian Chile during the months of February and March 2016. Instruction was given in the building of Bright Planet’s “Elementa” wind generator with output 150 watts at 10 metres / second wind speed. A workshop […]

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Action: Please Consider Signing This Call for SE4All to Make Energy Equity Core To Its Mandate

The need to establish equity at the core of international efforts to deliver universal energy access was among the recommendations made at Waterloo Global Science Initiative’s (WGSI) OpenAccess Energy Summit – a gathering of researchers, practitioners, representatives of Canada’s First Nations and energy-isolated communities, lawyers, government advisors and financiers – which took place April 24-27, […]

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Addressing the Renewable Energy Financing Gap in Africa to Promote Universal Energy Access: Integrated Renewable Energy Financing in Malawi

Dumisani Chirambo is one of our International LCEDN members, he is a PhD candidate at the Department of Civil and Public Law with references to Law of Europe and the Environment at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg. Here he briefly updates us on a new article on financing renewables in Malawi. Improving electrification rates […]

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1st Community-based Sustainable Energy Workshop 2016

by Sam Williamson, Electrical Energy Management Group, University of Bristol In February 2016, 30 early career researchers from the UK and Brazil met at the Federal University of Santa Catarina’s Smart Solar Building ( in Florianopolis, Brazil, for a workshop on wireless systems, smart generation through microgrids and education. The workshop was supported by the Newton Fund […]

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Second Smart Villages/LCEDN Webinar: Failure & off-grid energy access: Why failure matters to development (Wednesday April 20th)

Wed, Apr 20, 2016 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM BST We had around 100 people attend our first webinar. Our second in the series tackles the difficult question of failure in energy projects. Too often “Failure” – the word usually carries a negative connotation that project developers, NGOs and academic researchers may not want to […]

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