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World Resources 2002-2004: Decisions for the Earth: Balance, voice, and power
Prepared by United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Environment Programme, World Bank and World Resources Institute

World Energy Council: Energy Information Center
The Energy Information Centre provides detailed information on a global and country scale about conventional and renewable energy resources, technologies and market applications and long term projections for the global energy sector development.

World Council for Renewable Energy
All people are entitled to pursue their desires for a world that is increasing in its bounty, improving in its health, and growing in its capacity to host life. Each person might wish that his or her presence on this Earth will leave it slightly better off than before. Yet the economic progress of the 20th century, based on fossil fuels and nuclear and large-scale hydro power, while advancing human society in many ways, also created a rising threat to those principles.

Global Environment Facility (GEF) Operational Programs
This site decribes the 15 operational programs (OPs) through which the GEF provides grants. Eleven of these reflect GEF's original focal areas: four in the biodiversity focal area, four in climate change, and three more in international waters. The four newer OPs deal with integrated ecosystem management, persistent organic pollutants and land degredation.

IEA Renewable Energy Policies and measures and Measures on a Global Scale
Searchable Database

US DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Description of US DOE programs, technologies, applications, and resource assessments for renewable energy and energy efficiency.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Signed over a decade ago by most countries, this international treaty focuses on what can be done to reduce global warming and to cope with its consequences. The Kyoto Protocol is a legally binding measure under the treaty that requires GHG emission reductions by signatories and authorizes the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

UNEP Sustainable Energy Finance Initiative (SEFI)
SEFI is the UNEP Sustainable Energy Finance Initiative - a platform providing financiers with the tools, support, and global network needed to conceive and manage investments in the complex and rapidly changing marketplace for clean energy technologies.

UNEP Renewable Energy
UNEP Energy's renewable energy activities focus on the needs of developing and transition economies in various facets of renewable energy technology research, development, and commercialization. UNEP Energy works with a broad spectrum of partners in these efforts, including industry associations, NGOs, financial institutions and the private sector.|

The Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE)
The DSIRE web site provides detailed information on all state, local, utility, and selected federal incentives that promote renewable energy in the USA.

Sustainable Energy Finance Directory
Sustainable Energy Finance Directory is a free-of-charge online database of lenders and investors who actively provide finance to the sustainable energy (renewable energy and energy efficiency) sector worldwide.

Stockholm Environment Institute: Renewable Energy for Development
An electronic version of the printed newsletter of the Energy Programme at SEI, which is mainly concerned with energy utilization and technologies in the Third World. Studies are carried out in close cooperation with local institutions. The newsletter is supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

Renewables for Sustainable Village Power
The Village Power Program of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

International Conference on Renewable Energy in Bonn 2004
This conference charted the way towards an expansion of renewable energies worldwide, responding to the call of the Johannesburg summit for the global development of renewable energy.

Renewable Energy Information on Markets, Policy, Investment, and Future Pathways
Prepared by Eric Martinot, this site provides links to articles, reports, documents and other information on renewable energy, energy efficiency and climate change.

Renewable Energy Information network (REIN)
Bangladesh Data Base on Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy Finance and Investment Network (REFIN)
REFIN is a directory of sources of finance for renewable energy and energy efficiency in the United States.

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP)
REEEP is an active global partnership that structures policy initiatives for clean energy markets and facilitates financing for sustainable energy projects.

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)
NRECA is the national service organization representing the interests of cooperative electric utilities and the consumers they serve. NRECA International is mandated to transfer lessons learned in the electrification of the rural United States to developing countries.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

IEA - Renewables Information
This annual publication of comprehensive information on the use of renewables and waste in the OECD region was first published in 2002.

Handbook of Renewable Energies in the European Union
This book is the first publication which offers an overview of the renewable energies situation for every member state in the European Union.

German Technical Cooperation (GTZ)
This site summarizes the GTZ apporach to energy and renewable energy in particular. It outlines their services, describes their projects and provides access to publications.

EIA - Renewable Energy Annual 2003
The Renewable Energy Annual 2003 is the ninth in a series of reports on renewable energy by the Energy Information Administration (EIA). The 2003 annual publication presents four reports, accompanied with data tables and graphics covering various aspects of the renewable energy marketplace.

ECN: Energy Research Center of the Netherlands
Technology and program overviews, news and publications on renewable energy

American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE)
ACORE works to bring all forms of renewable energy into the mainstream of America's economy and lifestyle.

REN21 - Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century
A global policy network aimed at providing a forum for international leadership on renewable energy. Its goal is to allow the rapid expansion of renewable energies in developing and industrial countries by bolstering policy development and decision-making on sub-national, national and international levels.

Photovoltaics Prices
All prices analysis  and statistics updated monthly.

Global Village Energy Partnership (GVEP)
A voluntary Partnership that brings together developing and industrialized country governments, public and private organizations, multilateral institutions, consumers and others in an effort to ensure access to modern energy services by the poor. This site provides up-to-date material on the development of the Partnership as well as a means for Partner organizations to contribute and search for information relevant to GVEP, thereby expanding the knowledge base.

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BulletTechnology Overviews

BioEnergy Information Network
A gateway to biomass information at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Biomass Energy Foundation
Biomass Energy Foundation website provides data and information about all aspects of biomass energy, but particularly in the high temperature conversion and gasification that can produce heat, power and fuels.

Power Technologies Energy Data Book
Technical descriptions of all renewable energy technologies, their applications and market penetration.

European wind turbine certification (EWTC) guidelines
EWTC guidelines were developed to provide a common practice in order to overcome the different interpretation of technical and safety requirements for wind turbines. The guidelines are to be used together with the IEC standards and other Certification Regulations used by the Certifying Bodies.

National Wind Technology Center at NREL
NREL manages the National Wind Technology Center, which provides the wind resource data, maps and links for the USA and several other countries and regions.

International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) - International standards for wind turbines
IEC, the recognized international body for standards development activities, has developed International standards for wind turbines which cover design, manufacturing, performance, safety, testing, quality etc.

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BulletSystem Design & Specification

HOMER
A computer model that simplifies the task of evaluating design options for both off-grid and grid-connected power systems for remote, stand-alone, and distributed generation applications.

RETSCREEN
Standardized and integrated project analysis software, which can be used world-wide to evaluate the energy production, life-cycle costs and greenhouse gas emission reductions for various types of proposed energy efficient and renewable energy technologies compared to conventional energy projects.

Hybrid2
Hybrid2 simulates the performance of various wind/photovoltaic/diesel hybrid systems. Systems can be modeled on the AC, DC or both buses with a variety of different control strategies/options as well as interactions between the various generator sets and the batteries. An economic analysis tool is also included that calculates the economic worth of the project using many economic and performance parameters.

Village Power Optimization Model for Renewables (ViPOR)
ViPOR is an optimization model that for designing autonomous village electrification systems. Given a map of a village and some information about load sizes and equipment costs, ViPOR decides which houses should be powered by isolated power systems (like solar home systems) and which should be included in a centralized distribution grid.

PV-GAP: Global Approval Program for Photovoltaics
The site contains internationally accepted standards, quality management processes and organizational training in the design, fabrication, installation, sales and services of PV systems.

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Bullet Carbon Finance

Carbon Finance Products at the World Bank
The World Bank's carbon finance initiative includes nine different funds designed to catalyze a global carbon market through the purchase of high quality emission reductions in climate-friendly projects in developing countries and economies in transition.

Community Development Carbon Fund
The Community Development Carbon Fund is designed to reduce human-induced greenhouse gas and carbon emissions that are a threat to global well-being, but also to generate clear development gains through the finance of clean technologies at the community level.

CDM Pool: Establishing the institutional capabilities to enable small scale CDM projects in India
IT Power and the Energy Research Centre from the Netherlands are carrying out a 2-year project to establish the capacity within India to enable individual small scale projects to be bundled as a single CDM project.

Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)
Location for information on methodologies, procedures, projects, participants, emission reductions and other information related to CDM.

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BulletWorld Bank Web Links

World Bank Good Practice Guidelines
Only available from Intranet

World Bank Renewable Energy Web Site
A source of information on all World Bank renewable energy projects and activities.

Global Partnership on Output-Based Aid (GPOBA)
GPOBA is a multi-donor trust fund administered by the World Bank. The goal is to provide increased access to reliable basic infrastructure and social services to the poor in developing countries through the wider use of Output based Aid approaches.

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BulletRenewable Energy Resources

Renewable Resource Data Center (RReDC)
RReDC is managed by the US Department of Energy and maintained by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. RReDC provides information on several types of renewable energy resources in the United States, in the form of publications, data, and maps.

Solar and Wind Energy Resource Assessment (SWERA)
SWERA, a UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) project with co-financing from GEF, provides information about solar and wind energy resources in thirteen partner countries around the world. Products include data on wind and solar energy potential, plus detailed country energy analyses.

Database of Wind Characteristics for Europe
The Database of Wind Characteristics for Europe, maintained by the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) together with Risø National Laboratories, contains four different categories of wind data: time series of wind characteristics, time series of wind turbine responses, wind resource data and wind farm data.

Small Hydropower Atlas
An international database that facilitates the development of new small hydro projects of more than 50 kW and less than 10MW installed capacity. The site provide data for potential and developed sites, GIS searching capabilities, country profiles, international contacts for small hydro, and more.

NREL Power Data Book
Selection of data and statistics on renewable energy power technologies from a variety of sources.

Idaho National Laboratory Hydropower Resource Assessment
The site for a DOE interagency hydropower resource assessment team that has assembled a resource database of all potential hydropower sites in the United States for use as a planning tool to determine the viable national hydropower potential.

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