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Justin Guay
Justin Guay is a Washington Representative for the Sierra Club. Based in Washington D.C., he focuses on energy lending reform at International Financial Institutions and global efforts to transition energy systems beyond coal. In his previous position at the Sierra Club, Justin lived and worked in Mumbai, where he collaborated with Indian NGOs and for-profit companies to develop a model of clean energy distribution in rural areas.

Entries by Justin Guay

The World's First Rural Feed-In Tariff?

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 10:51 AM


How do we move clean energy access beyond just a light bulb?

With millions of dollars in new investment capping a record year for beyond the grid solar markets, that's the question many are now asking. This record investment...

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Despite Crackdown, Indian Courts Side With Public Health, Against Coal

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 4:46 PM


In a huge victory for local communities, public health, and the rule of law, yet another enormous proposed coal plant has been denied clearance in India.

In another major setback for the expansion of the coal industry, a panel of judges rejected...

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Move Over World Bank: Bilateral Institutions Lead Investment Beyond the Grid

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 2:07 PM

Co-authored with Vrinda Manglik, Sierra Club Associate Campaign Representative, International Clean Energy Access
Photo courtesy of GSMA

While investments are continuing to flow into beyond the grid clean energy markets, most public institutions are missing in action.

The Sierra Club and...

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Five Principles for Taming the Wild West of Beyond the Grid Clean Energy Policy

(1) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 3:25 PM

Misguided and inappropriate safeguards threaten to handicap some of the most dynamic and innovative approaches to ending energy poverty for 1.3 billion people around the world.

That the findings of Sierra Club's latest report -- Expanding Energy Access: Beyond The Grid -- which proposes five policy principles...

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Millions in New Investment Cap Record Year for Beyond the Grid Solar Markets

(1) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 4:01 PM

Co-authored with Vrinda Manglik, Sierra Club Associate Campaign Representative, International Clean Energy Access

It has been a record year for beyond the grid solar investment.

Photo courtesy of OMC Power.

Over $45 million in investments have closed in the past year,...

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Are U.S. Taxpayer Dollars Supporting Coal Industry Human Rights Violations Overseas?

(2) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 11:32 AM

Co-authored with Nicole Ghio, Sierra Club International Climate Program
2014-10-20-Sasanandashpond.jpg The Sasan coal-fired power plan and coal ash pond. Photo courtesy of Nicole Ghio.

Today, a fact finding team of five non-governmental organizations (NGOs) -- the Sierra Club,, Carbon Market Watch, Friends of...

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Will the Export-Import Bank's Office of the Inspector General Ignore Human Rights Violations?

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 1:23 PM

Co-authored by Nicole Ghio, Sierra Club International Climate Program
The Harrahawa Village was relocated to make way for the Sasan coal ash pond. Photo courtesy of Nicole Ghio.

Sudarshan Rajak disappeared under suspicious circumstances after protesting the relocation of families for Reliance Power's...

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Will a Dirty Coal Plant in Kosovo Spoil the Clean Energy Record of Dr. Kim and World Bank?

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 11:59 AM

Co-authored with Andrew Linhardt, Sierra Club Associate Washington Representative
Light projection on the World Bank building in Washington DC Source:, 2013

For the fourth year in a row, the World Bank's investments are coal-free. But the real test of the...

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Why Is The World Bank Failing On Energy Poverty?

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 4:59 PM

Co-authored with Vrinda Manglik, Sierra Club Associate Campaign Representative, International Clean Energy Access

World Bank energy investments are categorically failing to end energy poverty.

That's the stark finding of a new report released by Sierra Club and Oil Change International which measures how multilateral development banks (MDB) fare...

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Four Reasons Pay-As-You-Go Solar And Digital Financing Are Unlocking Energy Access For All

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 3:57 PM

Co-authored with Vrinda Manglik, Sierra Club Associate Campaign Representative, International Clean Energy Access

We already know that pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar companies are making high-quality, modern clean energy products readily available for those living beyond the grid -- a factor that is poised to expand energy access to the...

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Will Germany Join the International Community and Restrict Overseas Coal Finance?

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 3:34 PM

"In New York, I will announce that the government will change its position on the financing of coal-fired power plants abroad." -- German Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendriks September 17th, 2014.

This exciting statement could substantially change what German overseas investments, from important institutions like KfW,...

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World Looks to OECD as High Level Commission Calls for Phasing Out Coal

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 6:39 PM

Co-authored with Nicole Ghio, Sierra Club International Climate Program

Today, the high powered Global Commission on the Climate and Economy released its flagship report on global coal use and the economy: The New Climate Economy.

The report pulls no punches when it comes to coal,...

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China's Coal Imports Drop For The First Time Since Country Became Net Coal Importer

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 4:40 PM

Co-authored by Lauri Myllyvirta, Greenpeace International

A recently published analysis compiled by Lauri Myllyvirta and Greenpeace International showed the unthinkable -- Chinese coal consumption fell for the first time this century in the first half of this year. Even more striking is the fact that China's...

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Are Mini-Grids The Next Big Opportunity Beyond The Grid?

(5) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 2:14 PM

Photo courtesy of Devergy

Beyond the grid solar start-up Devergy believes the time has come for the next evolution in clean energy access markets: mini-grids.

The mini-grid systems Devergy deploys are essentially many solar home systems connected to a battery...

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Uncertainty, Rising Costs Cloud Indian Coal Sector After Landmark Supreme Court Rulings

(1) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 1:07 PM


India's coal bubble is perilously close to bursting.

This week the Indian court system handed down three landmark energy rulings. While an ultimate decision still looms, the combined weight of these initial rulings reaffirms one thing -- it's time to...

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Chinese Coal Consumption Just Fell for the First Time This Century

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 11:55 AM

Co Authored by Lauri Myllyvirta, Greenpeace International

Sources: Compiled from China National Bureau of Statistics and China National Coal Association statistical releases.

There may be a light at the end of the long dark tunnel: It appears China's coal boom is over.


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On the Contrary World Bank President Dr. Kim, Renewable Energy Is the Future

(1) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 5:56 PM

Photo credit: SELCO India

In the 21st century, it's hard to take anyone seriously who thinks coal, not clean energy, is the future for dynamic, emerging economies.

But that's exactly what Dr. Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, did this week...

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Four Things The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Can Do For Beyond the Grid Solar

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 11:50 AM

All eyes will be on the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington next week with one question in mind -- will those gathered take steps to move investment beyond the grid?

Just this week, Politico reported that former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former President Clinton...

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The Next Frontier For Beyond the Grid Solar Markets: Big Data

(1) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 5:19 PM

When it comes to energy access, we're fond of saying small is big.

That's because all those small scale solar lanterns, solar home systems, and solar mini-grids add up to a very big market. But the size of that market, and its social impact, could...

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Why VATs on Solar Energy Hinder Progress on Energy Poverty

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 3:50 PM

Co-authored by Vrinda Manglik, International Clean Energy Access, Sierra Club
Photo courtesy of SolarAid

What difference can a value added tax make to the lives of those living in energy poverty? A big one.

Currently, many countries in sub-Saharan Africa apply a...

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