ESMAP organized a new Knowledge Exchange Forum in Copenhagen, Denmark from October 21-23, 2014. The event brought together donors, leading global thinkers, practitioners, clients, and experts to focus on:
Integrating Variable Renewable Energy into Power Grids
Strategies in Energy Subsidy Reform: Learning from Global Experiences
Global Geothermal Development Plan roundtable
Integrating Variable Renewable Energy into Power Grids | October 21, 2014
Meeting a substantial share of electricity demand from renewable energy sources is now economically feasible for many countries. With drops in input prices, particularly for variable renewable energy (VRE) sources such as wind and solar, renewables have become an essential part of national energy plans and strategies.
This event's objective was to help countries interested in scaling up grid-connected VRE by facilitating a knowledge exchange on how this scale-up can be achieved while meeting reliability and affordability criteria. The event looked at the benefits, costs and obstacles from the points of view of a range of stakeholders, and considered the implications of new technologies and approaches available to planners and decision-makers.
Strategies in Energy Subsidy Reform: Learning from Global Experiences | October 22, 2014
This is the first global conference as part of the knowledge sharing efforts of the Facility. The objective of this one day event was to foster engagement among countries on challenges and lessons learned from past reforms.
Sessions included panel discussions on: (i) energy pricing strategies; (ii) social protection strategies; and (iii) political economy and communication strategies. A networking session allowed for an informal dialogue among participants on challenges faced, solutions available and support needed by countries. During the final brainstorming session, the audience was encouraged to raise critical challenges that their countries are facing in designing or implementing reforms. A panel of experts responded to the challenges raised in an interactive dialogue moderated by the facilitator.
Second Global Geothermal Development Plan (GGDP) Roundtable | October 22-23, 2014
This round was organized by ESMAP in partnership with the Climate Investment Funds and the Climate Policy Initiative, and with the support of UNEP-DTU and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. GGDP is an initiative led by ESMAP in collaboration with bilateral and multilateral funding institutions to develop a series of investments and to mobilize concessional funding for exploratory drilling and scale-up geothermal energy development for power generation.
Following-up on the First GGDP Roundtable held in The Hague in November 2013, this Second GGDP Roundtable provided a platform for representatives of governments, development institutions, industry, public and private developers, and sector experts to discuss challenges and solutions for developing geothermal projects, with a focus on the exploration phase.