Sub-Saharan African utilities are caught in a complicated interplay between centralized grid-extension costs and the decentralized off-grid generation boom. Liberalizing their electricity markets may be a partial solution.

While high demand growth and the need for investment drove dramatic electricity sector reform in low- and middle-income countries in the 1990s and early 2000s, Power for All and GTM Research find that 71 percent of sub-Saharan African countries currently rely on vertically-integrated utility structures, although the proportion is steadily declining.

Source: Power for All, GTM Research (Key: Light Blue: Privatized, Medium Blue: Mix of Public and Private Ownership, Dark Blue: Public Ownership

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India has blossomed into one of the most important renewable energy markets in the world.

It currently has the fourth-most cumulative wind capacity installed, and will become the third-biggest solar market globally by 2022. The country also has plans to sell only electric vehicles by 2030.

With immense growth comes new businesses and economic opportunity -- but also political and economic risk.

This week, we'll talk with the CEO of India's top independent renewable energy developers about navigating that risk.

Sumant Sinha is the founder and CEO of ReNew Power. He's overseen 2 gigawatts of completed wind and solar projects,

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Potential solar customers are certainly window shopping. But in today’s market, interest doesn’t always equate to sales.

The latest Solar Marketplace Intel report from EnergySage shows increasing interest in solar from consumers. But the current array of options aren’t always enough for shoppers to buy -- especially for community solar,

In all of the six utility service areas EnergySage analyzed in its latest report, the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) for solar bested this year’s rates from residential electricity providers. And based on an analysis of traffic to its Solar Marketplace site, EnergySage found that solar interest surged in every state in the

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As car manufacturers scramble for dominance in the competitive electric-vehicle market as more governments commit to fuel economy targets and fossil fuel car bans, Nissan and its partner Renault indicate they won’t willingly cede their early lead to younger companies grabbing attention in the EV space.

The Nissan-Renault Alliance unveiled its newest Leaf earlier this month, featuring a 40 percent range increase and vehicle-to-grid capability. Then on Friday, the Alliance touted a new corporate strategy that includes producing 12 new all-electric cars over the next five years.

“The big guys are going to have a big advantage in this situation,” Carlos Ghosn,

Potential solar customers are certainly window shopping. But in today’s market, interest doesn’t always equate to sales.

The latest Solar Marketplace Intel report from EnergySage shows increasing interest in solar from consumers. But the current array of options aren’t always enough to convince shoppers to buy -- especially for community solar.

In all six of the utility service areas EnergySage analyzed in its latest report, the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) for solar bested this year’s rates from residential electricity providers. And based on an analysis of traffic to its Solar Marketplace site, EnergySage found that solar interest surged in every state in

The long rivalry between Itron and Silver Spring Networks, the country’s two major smart meter and grid networking players, is ending in marriage. 

On Monday, Itron announced plans to acquire all outstanding shares of Silver Spring for $16.25 per share in cash, a premium of 25 percent from Friday’s close, in a transaction valued at $830 million, excluding $180 million in Silver Spring cash. 

Itron is funding the deal, fully underwritten by Wells Fargo, with cash and $750 million in incremental debt. Centerview Partners and Credit Suisse are the financial advisers to Itron, while Evercore is the financial adviser to Silver Spring. 

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Makani, the airborne wind energy developer owned by Google’s parent, Alphabet, will start testing its fly-gen turbine-bearing plane concept in Hawaii next year.

The tests will give Makani its first experience of operating the M600 airborne wind energy prototype away from a desert environment and over inhabited space near towns and an airport, said Makani’s head, Dr. Fort Felker. He declined to say when in 2018 Makani would move to Hawaii.

Originally, the San Francisco-based company was reportedly planning a move to Kohala, a volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island, in 2015. “We’ll just stick with ‘next year,’” Felker told GTM. “We frequently find our job

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