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We are introducing topic-specific pages based on the priority areas specified in the World Bank Group's Energy Program. Please visit the site regularly for updates.

Renewable Energy is energy produced from natural sources that are inexhaustible – such as energy from hydropower, wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass. Renewable energy can help bring increased access to modern energy services for the poor with less harm to the environment. The World Bank supports these sources of renewable energy, regardless of scale, so long as they are economic and both environmentally and socially sound.


Regulation (coming soon). The World Bank believes that an effective regulatory system must satisfy three meta-principles: #1 - investors must have confidence that the government and the regulatory entity will keep their commitments; #2 -consumers must be convinced  that they will be protected from monopoly power, whether exercised through high prices, bad quality or a combination of the two; and #3 - regulators must issue decisions that are clearly explained and arrived at in a transparent  manner.


Rural Energy (coming soon). About 2 billion people rely on biomass energy for cooking their daily meals, ultimately on low grade residues and waste products and in some cases with damaging consequences for the local environment. Many of those cooking with biomass use traditional open stoves that cause respiratory illness through high levels of indoor air pollution. To meet these challenges, the Bank supports solutions that are financially and environmentally sustainable and based on low-cost and efficient energy technologies.


Access to modern energy services (coming soon). Modern energy services include electricity, petroleum fuels, and modern use of biomass fuels. The problems of extending these services to mostly poor urban and rural populations include cost recovery, ways to subsidize access to services without destroying incentives to serve, and low density of consumers.  The World Bank is working in a variety of ways to promote access to modern energy service to the poor, including low costs distribution methods, well designed subsidies to make services affordable, and local incentives to participate and engage in providing these services.


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WBG Progress on Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency 2007
Clean Energy for Development Investment Framework: The World Bank Group Action Plan, April 15, 2007
Energy and Gender
Water, Electricity and the Poor
World Bank's Sustainable Energy Brief
Discussion Papers
Innovations in Energy Services for the Poor
Energy Data

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There will be no Energy Week conference at World Bank HQ in 2007 or 2008.
Energy Week 06
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Lecture Series 05

Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme

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