Anchor based approaches to developing minigrids are just one of multiple ways to increases the chances that a mingrid will be sustainable. But it adds a layer of complexity to managing the development of the project. Managing the relationship with the firm, ensuring that regulatory bodies will support the arrangement, and overcoming potential concern from investors regarding anchor relationships are all potential subjects for discussion.
Join the World Resources Institute for an engaging conversation with Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary of the German Ministry for the Environment and Jonathan Pershing, a Principal Deputy Director at the US Department of Energy, who will reflect on the economic impacts of climate action, ways each country is overcoming challenges, and how the United States and Germany can further reform their electricity markets and other sectors to reach and exceed long-term renewables and climate targets.
Union Station in Washington DC is hosting Earth Day events featuring interactive, eco-friendly experiences to raise awareness of environmental issues and encourage sustainability. As a historic landmark that attracts travelers from around the globe, Union Station is an ideal setting to spread a message of sustainability and conservation to worldwide audiences. In addition to the scheduled events, exhibitors from across the country will be on hand to highlight their own green initiatives, programs and events.
Later this year, the world will focus its attention on Paris for the 2015 United National Climate Change Conference. In the meantime, countries are determining how they can mitigate the effects of climate change in their own jurisdictions, and how these actions can be used to demonstrate their commitment to a new climate agreement in Paris.
With the Kyoto Protocol’s end in 2012, the international community is working to find another approach to global climate change and the implications of a changing environment. This year, the UN Council on Climate Change will meet in Paris to discuss the next steps towards developing an international policy that will seek to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and to limit the rise in global temperatures to two degrees Celsius. How will the United States approach the conference? Will China and France work together with the United States to set precedence for other nations? Will this convention provide opportunities for progress towards a greener and healthier environment both domestically and abroad?
Ecologic Institute is celebrating its 7th anniversary, and it will present a roundtable discussion on "Our Energy Solutions: Do we need a National Energy Strategy or is grassroots and local action the key?" to salute its Birthday on Earth Day.
AEI will host an event to discuss the practicalities of and prospects for carbon taxes in the United States and elsewhere. A new International Monetary Fund–Brookings Institution–Resources for the Future book, “Implementing a US Carbon Tax: Challenges and Debates,” containing papers written by leading experts in the field, will be presented. Complimentary copies will be available at the event.
The long-delayed EPA final coal ash CCR has been issued, and coal generators throughout the nation will soon move to comply with its provisions. What does the EPA’s final rule regulating CCRs require? What is EPA’s plan for implementing the final rule? How and what are the States doing to implement the final rule, and what might their roles be in enforcement? What are the implications of the enforcement mechanism, and what future actions by EPA might be anticipated? This webinar will discuss the EPA’s final rule regulating CCRs, focusing on charting a cost-effective course forward that will mitigate the potential for enforcement actions and citizen suits.
Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University has called 2015 the “Year of Sustainable Development.” The theme for this Earth Day seminar is anticipating and responding to mega trends and promoting “Years of Sustainable development.”
An engaging discussion on the current food-water-energy nexus challenges in Asia and the expected climate change impacts and implications for regional resource management and security.