This paper argues for a novel approach to financing infrastructure needs in Arab countries. It first describes the context of rising public debt in the region, contrasting it with the vast infrastructure needs. It then discusses the challenges in meeting these needs with traditional financing. The paper then makes the case for maximizing finance for development, by using public-private partnerships, and presents a few successful examples in Arab countries. Finally, the paper explores the way forward and concludes on the need for strong state capacity and integrity to promote the maximizing finance for development approach.
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This international workshop held in Santiago de Chile on April 9, is the final one of a series of activities which the World Bank has been supporting since 2014 through the Latin American Open Parliamentary Network to strengthen the region’s legislative branches to ensure greater transparency. The objective of the workshop, hosted by the Chilean House of Representatives, was to discuss the implementation of Chile’s transparency agenda, including the role played by Parliament in implementing transparency reforms. To this end, the event had special invitees, such as the Comptrollers of Peru and Chile, in addition to the Chilean Attorney General’s Office. The event also had the participation of public sector actors, academia, international organizations and civil society.
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Windsor, Calif., will have the largest floating solar system in the state built using Ciel et Terre's "floatovoltaic" solar racking system

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WINDSOR, Calif., May 23, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ciel & Terre USA (www.ciel-et-terre.net), innovators in floating solar power systems, and the Town of Windsor officials have started construction of what will be the largest floating solar power system in the state of California. The floating solar array will be installed on the Town’s largest recycled water storage pond and is expected to meet 90 percent of the Town’s water treatment and pump facilities’ energy needs.

The Ciel et Terre solar installation will consist of 4,959 (360W) high-output solar panels mounted atop the company’s patented Hydrelio floating solar racking system. The 1.78 megawatt system will generate power for the Windsor Wastewater Reclamation Facility, Public Works Corporation Yard, and the Geysers pump station, delivering approximately 90 percent of the water reclamation facilities’ power requirements while saving about 30 percent of the electricity cost based on the facilities’ existing grid service. The array will be floated in the pond and tethered to the shore, making it resistant to wind and seismic loads.

The project is being developed and construction financed by Ciel et Terre, which has entered into a 25-year lease and power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Town of Windsor to provide discounted clean energy. The floating solar system will allow Windsor to better control its electrical costs in the face of rising utility prices.

“By entering into a PPA, the Town can substantially reduce its energy overhead without any investment,” said Eva Pauly-Bowles, Representative Director for Ciel & Terre USA, Inc. “Floating solar is becoming an attractive energy alternative for municipalities seeking to reduce operating costs and preserve valuable land for other developments.”

“Our water reclamation and corporation yard facilities currently account for 40 percent of the Town’s greenhouse gas emissions,” said Toni Bertolero, Town of Windsor Public Works Director. “Installation of this new floating solar array will reduce our reliance on energy-polluting sources by an estimated 350 metric tons of CO2 per year, a significant step to achieve our Climate Action Plan emission reduction goals.”

The floating solar project will cover only 22 percent of the available water surface area of the pond. It will have no impact on the biology of the pond and will reduce water loss from evaporation and inhibit algae growth. The state-of-the-art floating solar design can be expanded for extra capacity and will not affect plant operations while it is being installed.

Ciel & Terre is partnering with local union contractor, Collins Electrical Company, for installation. “Installing a Ciel et Terre floating solar system is like assembling a giant Lego structure. The floating frame snaps together and most of the assembly is done on shore so it is safe and relatively easy,” said Craig Gini, Vice President and Renewables General Manager for Collins Electrical Company Inc. “Floating solar is an excellent alternative to conventional solar arrays and it’s simpler and faster to install. We expect more of our California customers will be installing floating solar systems in the coming months.”

Using manmade bodies of water to host floating solar systems provides more efficient energy production due to its cooling effect on the system, while eliminating the need to use expensive real estate. The floating array also reduces water movement to minimize erosion and reduce evaporation.

The National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) estimates that floating solar systems could meet 10 percent of the United States electricity needs.

About Ciel & Terre
Established in 2006 as a renewable Independent Power Producer (IPP), Ciel & Terre has been fully devoted to floating solar PV since 2011. The French company pioneered Hydrelio®, the first specific and industrialized system to make solar panels float on water, with criteria such as cost-effectiveness, safety, longevity, resistance to winds and waves, simplicity, drinking water compliance, and optimized electrical yield.

Ciel & Terre has floating solar installations in Japan, Korea, China, UK, France, Germany, Netherland, Portugal, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Panama, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Italy, Taiwan as well as the United States. The company has its United States headquarters in Petaluma, California.

For more information, visit www.ciel-et-terre.net.

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This paper examines the growth effects of different dimensions of international trade integration -- notably, volume, diversification, and natural resource dependence -- in Sub-Saharan Africa. First, the paper documents the recent trends in these foreign trade dimensions for the region and the traditional sources of growth. Second, it empirically estimates the impact of trade integration on growth per worker and the sources of growth; that is, growth of capital per worker and total factor productivity growth. To accomplish this task, the analysis uses a sample of non-overlapping five-year period observations for 173 countries from 1975 to 2014. The econometric evidence shows that increased trade openness, greater export production diversification, and reduced export dependence from natural resources will have a positive causal impact on economic growth. These effects will be mainly transmitted through faster capital accumulation or enhanced total factor productivity growth. Finally, the paper finds that, despite the progress exhibited in trade openness and diversification over the past decade, there are still potential benefits that can be accrued if countries were to deepen their integration to world trade.
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Oslo, 24 May 2019: Scatec Solar has signed a strategic collaboration agreement with Vietnamese partner MT Energy (MTE) for 485 MW of solar PV

Scatec Solar has partnered with MT Energy, a Vietnamese energy company, to develop, finance, construct and operate large-scale solar projects in Vietnam. The strategic collaboration agreement covers three projects located in Binh Phuoc, Quang Tri, and Nghe An provinces. The projects total 485 MW and are targeted to be realised under a new feed-in tariff regime that is expected to be launched later this year.

The agreement will be presented to the Vietnamese Prime Minister, Norway’s Minister of Trade and Industry and other high-level officials during a Vietnam-Norway business forum organised as part of the Vietnamese Prime Minister’s official visit to Norway.

“With this partnership we take the first step in positioning Scatec Solar for the growing solar market in Vietnam. As an affordable, fast and reliable source of energy, we believe solar energy has tremendous potential in Vietnam”, says Raymond Carlsen, CEO of Scatec Solar.

Scatec Solar is envisioned to provide the project’s equity funding. In addition, the company will be the turn-key EPC provider and will be providing Operation & Maintenance as well as Asset Management services to the projects.

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About Scatec Solar
Scatec Solar is an integrated independent solar power producer, delivering affordable, rapidly deployable and sustainable clean energy worldwide. A long- term player, Scatec Solar develops, builds, owns, operates and maintains solar power plants and has an installation track record of more than 1 GW. The company has a total of 1.7 GW in operation and under construction in Brazil, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Honduras, Jordan, Malaysia, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa and Ukraine.

With an established global presence and a significant project pipeline, the company is targeting a capacity of 3.5 GW in operation and under construction by end of 2021. Scatec Solar is headquartered in Oslo, Norway and listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol 'SSO'. To learn more, visit www.scatecsolar.com

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The Global Energy Progress Report 2019 provides a global dashboard on progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7), which sets 2030 targets for reaching universal access to electricity and clean fuels and technologies for cooking, substantially increasing the share of renewable energy in the global mix, and doubling the rate of improvement of energy efficiency. All the data used in this pamphlet comes from the respective official source: for electrification, the World Bank; for clean fuels and technologies for cooking, the World Health Organization (WHO); for renewable energy, the International Energy Agency (IEA), the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA); and for energy efficiency, the IEA and UNSD. All projections are from the IEA’s World Energy Outlook. This report identifies best practices that have proven successful in recent years, as well as key approaches that policy makers may deploy in coming years. Recommendations applicable to all SDG 7 targets include recognizing the importance of political commitment and long-term energy planning, stepping up private financing, and supplying adequate incentives for the deployment of clean technology options. The following sections review progress in electricity access, access to clean cooking solutions, renewable energy, and energy efficiency. The Energy Progress Report reviews progress to 2017 for energy access and to 2016 for renewable energy and energy efficiency, against a baseline year of 2010. Its methodology is detailed at the end of each chapter.
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| Source: Terrestrial Energy Inc.

OAKVILLE, Ontario, May 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Terrestrial Energy today announced the addition of Ontario Power Generation to its Nuclear Innovation Working Group. The working group is advising Terrestrial Energy during Phase 2 of its Vendor Design Review program, which is currently in progress, and on the development and deployment of its Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR) power plant. The group consists of many leading members of the Canadian and international nuclear supply chain and industry.

The expanded group now consists of the following companies and their representatives:

  • Ontario Power Generation, Dominique Minière, President of Nuclear
  • Bruce Power, Michael Rencheck, President and CEO
  • Burns & McDonnell, Glenn Neises, Nuclear Director
  • SNC-Lavalin, EVP and Candu Energy, President and CEO, William (Bill) A. Fox III
  • Corporate Risk Associates Limited, Jasbir Sidhu, CEO
  • Kinectrics, David Harris, President and CEO
  • Laker Energy Products, Christopher Hughes, President and CEO
  • Promation, Mark Zimny, President and CEO
  • Sargent & Lundy, Michael J. Knaszak, Senior Vice President and Project Director

“We are pleased to welcome Dominique Minière and Ontario Power Generation to the Nuclear Innovation Working Group. Ontario Power Generation has decades of experience of safe and efficient nuclear power plant operation. It is an industry pioneer and is focused today on the future of nuclear power provision,” said Simon Irish, CEO of Terrestrial Energy. “Their expertise brings market-proven capabilities to our engineering, regulatory and testing programs.”

“OPG is looking to the future of nuclear generation including the transformative capabilities of Generation IV reactor systems, designed to provide reliable, carbon-free electricity,” said Dominique Minière, President of Nuclear at OPG. “We are pleased to be working with Terrestrial Energy, an industry leader in Generation IV technology, to share our experience and expertise with engineering and regulatory programs, as they work towards bringing the company’s IMSR power plant technology to Canadian markets.”

About OPG

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) operates a diversified generation portfolio with an installed capacity of 16,295 MW, comprised of nuclear, hydroelectric, thermal, and solar power. Through our facilities, OPG generates clean, reliable and low-cost energy, delivering about 50 per cent of Ontario’s electricity. More than 90 per cent of this power is free of smog and carbon emissions.

About Terrestrial Energy

Terrestrial Energy is a developer of Generation IV advanced nuclear power plants that use its proprietary Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR) technology. IMSR technology represents true innovation in cost reduction, versatility and functionality of nuclear power plants. IMSR power plants will provide zero-carbon, reliable, dispatchable, cost-competitive electric power and high grade industrial heat for use in many industrial applications, such as chemical synthesis and desalination, and in so doing extend the application of nuclear energy far beyond electric power markets. They have the potential to make important contributions to industrial competitiveness, energy security, and economic growth. Their deployment will support rapid global decarbonization of the primary energy system by displacing fossil fuel combustion across a broad spectrum. Using an innovative design, and proven and demonstrated molten salt reactor technology, Terrestrial Energy is engaged with regulators and industrial partners to complete IMSR engineering and to commission first IMSR power plants in the late 2020s.

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| Source: Consolidated Edison Company Of NY

NEW YORK, May 23, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Con Edison is forecasting lower bills for residential customers during this summer season, compared to last year, as the energy company invests more than $1.5 billion in its overhead and underground electric delivery systems to meet usage demands on peak hot days.

A typical New York City residential customer using 350 kilowatt hours per month can expect a 6.5-percent decrease from $102.84 in 2018 to $96.20 in the June-to-September period. A typical Westchester residential customer using 500 kilowatt hours per month can expect an average decrease of 16.2 percent from $134.68 in 2018 to $112.88.  

The projected decrease in residential bills is largely due to lower supply costs. Con Edison buys electricity on the wholesale market and provides it to customers at cost. 

Monthly bills for business customers are expected to be about the same as last year. A New York City business customer using 10,800 kilowatt hours with a peak demand of 31 kilowatts can expect average monthly summer bills to increase slightly from $2,156.55 in 2018 to $2,201.92 this year.

Innovation & Investments

The company is also expanding new and evolving technologies such as battery storage. In separate projects, batteries are in place in Westchester, the Bronx and Queens to support the grid on sweltering summer days.

“We strive to lead the transition to the clean energy future that our customers want and that new technology makes possible,” said Tim Cawley, president of Con Edison. “In addition to developing battery storage and installing smart meters, we’re making it easier for our customers to choose energy efficiency, solar and other products and services that can help reduce monthly bills and provide a cleaner environment.”

In a Con Edison pilot project, five White Plains electric school buses, normally idle during the summer months, will have their batteries fully charged and on standby to provide 75 kilowatts to the electric grid on peak hot days.

Con Edison has installed a 10.6-megawatt hour (MWh) battery system on company property in Ozone Park, Queens. Con Edison will charge the batteries when demand for power is low and then discharge that power at peak times, taking pressure off the grid. On City Island, Con Edison has installed a 1-MWh battery system that will provide power to the grid as needed.

Other investments focus on upgrades and reinforcements, including 27 network transformers and 58 overhead transformers. The company also plans to upgrade 61 underground feeder sections and 262 overhead spans. For video footage of infrastructure work, click here.

Con Edison projects that peak demand for electricity this summer will reach 13,270 megawatts. The all-time record is 13,322 megawatts, which occurred at 5 p.m. on July 19, 2013.

The company is always exploring new ways to keep service reliable. Con Edison has installed 4,000 remote monitoring devices in manholes to detect heat and gas in underground structures. By detecting heat and gas, the company can help identify needed repairs before electrical equipment fails. Con Edison also takes infrared images of underground cables to look for hot spots that might indicate a repair is needed.

Save More with Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Customers can save money by using less energy. Con Edison offers customers incentives to make money-saving upgrades to their homes and businesses. For this summer, Con Edison is offering residential customers:

  • A $25 rebate for buying a new Energy Star room air conditioner;
  • $25 or more in rewards for enrolling a standard window air conditioner in the company’s Smart AC program;
  • Up to $90 in rebates and rewards for a Wi-Fi-enabled AC. The company will provide a free Wi-Fi device that lets a customer control a room air conditioner through an app;
  • A $50 rebate for buying a smart thermostat and another $85 for registering it with Con Edison.

Since 2009, Con Edison’s energy efficiency programs have helped about 650,000 customers make upgrades preventing 5 million tons of carbon emissions.  That’s the equivalent of taking more than 1 million cars off the road.

As of 2018, the electric upgrades save nearly 2 million MWh of usage a year.  The electric upgrades have saved 7.8 million MWh since 2009.

The company also encourages customers to consider whether solar energy is right for them. Customers have completed nearly 26,000 projects that produce about 248 megawatts of clean, renewable power. That is equal to 325,500 MWh a year, enough to prevent more than 230,000 tons of carbon emissions, or the equivalent of taking 49,000 cars off the road.

The customers who have chosen energy efficiency and solar help Con Edison keep service reliable by lowering the amount of power flowing on the grid at peak times.

Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $12 billion in annual revenues and $55 billion in assets. The utility delivers electricity, natural gas and steam to 3.5 million customers in New York City and Westchester County, N.Y. For financial, operations and customer service information, visit www.conEd.com. For energy efficiency information, visit coned.com/energyefficiency.


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Author: Arezki,Rabah ; 
Document Date: 2019/05/20 11:27:00
Document Type: Policy Research Working Paper
Report Number: WPS8858
Volume No: 1
Country: World ; 
Disclosure Date: 2019/05/20 11:24:24
Doc Name: The Economics of Sustainability : Causes and Consequences of Energy Market Transformation
Keywords: oil; technological change; energy market; Securities and Exchange Commission; marginal cost of production; early stage of development; total primary energy consumption; government transfer; oil and gas company; oil price collapse; price of oil; oil sector; learning by doing; current account deficit; oil price decline; barrel of oil; fossil fuel production; renewable energy resource; fossil fuel reserve; attitudes toward innovation; Oil & Gas; natural gas industry; cost of capital; number of patents; global energy mix; global surface temperature; renewable energy source; source oil; public sector revenue; increased oil prices; layers of rock; lower oil price; global oil supply; natural resource curse; capital of state; impact on price; energy market development; high oil price; minister of finance; greenhouse gas emission; development of technology; state owned enterprise; fossil fuel producer; initial public offering; resource rich countries; corporate governance structure; hard budget constraint; global energy market; source of energy; solar power plant; compressed natural gas; alternative fuel vehicle; forms of energy; flow of fund; natural resource governance; fossil fuel price; shale oil; recovery technique; cost structure; stranded asset; technological innovation; Global Warming
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Language: English
Region: The World Region ; 
Rep Title: The Economics of Sustainability : Causes and Consequences of Energy Market Transformation
Topics: Science and Technology Development ; Health, Nutrition and Population ; Social Development ; Industry ; Environment ; Rural Development ; Law and Development ; Energy ; Public Sector Development ; Governance ; International Economics and Trade
SubTopics: Energy and Mining ; Energy Demand ; Energy and Environment ; Public Sector Administrative and Civil Service Reform ; State Owned Enterprise Reform ; Public Sector Administrative & Civil Service Reform ; Economics and Finance of Public Institution Development ; Democratic Government ; De Facto Governments ; Climate Change and Health ; Climate Change and Environment ; Science of Climate Change ; Legal Products ; Common Property Resource Development ; Regulatory Regimes ; Legal Reform ; Judicial System Reform ; Legislation ; Real & Intellectual Property Law ; Intellectual Property Rights ; Social Policy ; Oil Refining & Gas Industry
Unit Owning: Off of Sr VP Dev Econ/Chief Econ (DECVP)
Collection Title: Policy Research working paperno. WPS 8858
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The paper deals with the economics of sustainability associated with the transformation of energy markets. It emphasizes the interrelations between technical changes and energy markets and how in turn the resulting transformations alter the sustainability of economic systems that are dependent on these markets. It also explores how innovation (or the lack thereof) is intimately linked to the ability of energy rich economies to adapt and transform. The agenda is especially relevant for oil rich countries that have announced or already put in place policies to help transform their economies and move away from dependence on oil. The agenda is also relevant for the global community, as it relates to the economic consequences of the needed transformation of energy markets to support the goal of limiting global warming by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


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Document Date: 2019/05/01 10:18:01
Document Type: Working Paper
Report Number: 136895
Volume No: 1
Country: Africa ; 
Disclosure Date: 2019/05/14 10:16:15
Doc Name: The Power of Dung : Lessons Learned from On-Farm Biodigester Programs in Africa
Keywords: biogas; Savings and Credit Cooperative; energy sector management assistance; Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease; combustion of biomass fuel; country case study
Language: English
Rel. Proj ID: 3A-Integrating Biodigesters For Cooking Into Small Farm Activities -- P164656 ; 
Region: Africa ; 
Rep Title: The Power of Dung : Lessons Learned from On-Farm Biodigester Programs in Africa
Topics: Industry ; Agriculture ; Water Resources ; Energy
SubTopics: Energy Demand ; Energy and Mining ; Energy and Environment ; Health Care Services Industry ; Food Security ; Hydrology ; Energy Policies & Economics
TF No/Name: TF0A6168-Integrating Biodigesters for Cooking into Small Farm Activities
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Over half the world’s population cooks primarily with wood, charcoal, coal, crop waste, or dung. This share is currently increasing or stagnant in most regions. Dependence on solid fuels is one of the world’s major public health challenges, causing more premature deaths than HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. The use of solid fuels and stoves also imposes significant economic costs on societies that can least afford them and contributes to adverse environmental and climate change effects. Traditionally the area of improving access to modern energy services has fallen in the realm of energy experts. However, a new study conducted by the World Bank between 2017-2019 asks the question: Does Agriculture have a role to plan in improving access to modern cooking services? The report: “The Power of Dung: Lessons Learned from On-Farm Biodigester Programs in Africa” examines on-farm biodigester programs in selected countries in Africa and examines the success factors of the programs. One of the report’s most important findings is that reframing the promotion of biodigesters from one providing clean cooking solutions (energy) to one providing improved fertilizers (agriculture) increases the attractiveness of the solutions among farmers.


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