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Corruption, subsidies, the mad math of kerosene, and the ups and downs on SolarAid’s front lines in Malawi, Uganda, and Zambia: Chapter 2 of The Test

Picture: Team Malawi, Lilongwe, 22nd July 18th July 2017, Johannesburg Mandela Day. South Africans are celebrating the life of the father of their unified nation, four years after his death. Foreigners too. In Capetown, Richard Branson leads a parade with The Elders, a group of former world leaders and other… Read-more

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The Test: Chapter 1 of my latest serialised free-download book now available

Two extracts from the first chapter of my new book set out its premise. Like the previous book, it will be a live serialised linear narrative, telling a vital story of our times as it unfolds. The two scenes in the first chapter are in the Albert Hall, London, and… Read-more

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SolarAid’s SunnyMoney wins Prince of Wales’s Business In The Community / Unilever Global Development Award: a personal note to all stakeholders

I and my colleagues at SolarAid and SunnyMoney are deeply grateful to all the many and varied stakeholders who made this award possible, most of whom have the dubious privilege of receiving my periodic e-mails. To all the SolarAid supporters who fund SunnyMoney – from Canadian elementary schools, via round-the-world-cyclists,… Read-more

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Trump’s attempt to pull the USA out of the Paris Agreement: a personal reaction from Solaraid  

I was barely listening as he delivered his speech. I had heard most of his mantras already. I also knew that he would be unable to complete a US pullout, legally, until his second term. And he surely can’t aspire to one of those now, with all the skeletons… Read-more

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FT and BBC articles agreed on something very important yesterday

Coverage in the FT and BBC yesterday recounted how the SM100 solar light – developed by my team at SolarAid with Chinese solar giant Yingli, and designed by cool UK design company Inventid – is a big new opportunity to fight poverty in Africa and elsewhere. With this light, SolarAid… Read-more

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Archive

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  • December 31st - 2016 in Review (Review) (by Dr Andrew Crossland)
    2016 was a momentous year for our electricity supply: the signing and ratification of the Paris climate agreement, the announced closure of all coal power stations by 2025 and of course the launch of this blog. In this piece I pull out what I think are the key messages in GB electricity from 2016.
  • December 29th - The carbon value of energy efficiency (Demand, Efficiency) (by Dr Andrew Crossland)
    Electricity is changing in the way it is being generated and also in how it is being used. At the end of 2015, I switched my house from incandescent/halogen lightbulbs to LED. In 2016, my family’s electricity consumption dropped by more than a third. But what is the carbon value in reducing our electrical demand?
  • December 28th - The return to gas (Uncategorized) (by Dr Andrew Crossland)
    Christmas Day 2016 created headlines due to high amounts of low carbon generation and low demand. Since then, the use of fossil fuels increased as Britain returned to work and as wind generation fell.
  • December 26th - Where did electricity come from on Christmas Day? (Gas, Greenhouse Gas, Records, Wind) (by Dr Andrew Crossland)
    In this blog, I focus on where our electricity came from across the whole of Christmas Day
  • December 25th - Cooking turkeys with record amounts of wind (Gas, Records, Wind) (by Dr Andrew Crossland)
    On Christmas, the normal rules of providing electricity are a little different. Every day there is a peak demand for electricity which is met by switching on power stations at the right time. In this blog, I broke that our turkey was, in fact, powered by a record percentage of low carbon electricity.
  • December 23rd - A new clean energy milestone? (0) (Demand, Greenhouse Gas, Records, Review) (by Dr Andrew Crossland)
    It was reported in the Guardian newspaper that the UK hit a "clean energy milestone" after low carbon power "accounted for 50% of electricity generation in the UK in the third quarter". This is based on Government figures here. Is this true for Great Britain? Here are the numbers.
  • November 27th - The electricity story so far in 2016 (1) (Review) (by Dr Andrew Crossland)
    My review of electricity in 2016 for the online magazine Blue and Green Tomorrow
  • November 27th - Quarterly Electricity Use (0) (Uncategorized) (by Dr Andrew Crossland)