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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.

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How Japan Replaced Half Its Nuclear Capacity With Efficiency

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 9:31 AM

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Co-authored by Lauri Myllyvirta, Greenpeace

After the Tohoku earthquake three years ago in March 2011, Japan was in a seemingly impossible situation. A tremendous amount of conventional generation capacity, including the entire nuclear fleet, was unavailable and the country faced the risk of...

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Modi, Energy and the Indian Elections

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 2:57 PM

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Photo Credit: Joe Athialy

On the coast of India's Gulf of Kutch in Western Gujarat, near a small town called Mundra, an iconic fight against Tata Power's Mundra coal plant is brewing. This fight has become the epicenter of a...

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Norway's Investment Can Help End Energy Poverty

(1) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 7:34 PM

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Against the fervent protests of global coal lobbyists, Norway is considering divesting from coal while doubling down on investments in renewable energy and sustainable development internationally. These unprecedented initiatives could unleash billions in investments in renewable energy around the...

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Coal Exports Are Dragging Down Indonesia's Economy -- Is the US Next?

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 3:01 PM

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Today Greenpeace released a mountain of evidence highlighting how coal mining is destabilizing the Indonesian economy. From restricting the country's market growth and capital investment, to diminishing livelihoods, to exacerbating poverty, coal is having disastrous effects on an otherwise diversified and...

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Solar Power in a Bottle

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 12:40 PM

Co-Authored by Vrinda Manglik

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There is no more innovative market than off-grid solar. From pay-as-you-go solutions to M2M technology, entrepreneurs are developing solutions tailored to the energy needs of the 1.3 billion people living in energy poverty...

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Dr. Kim's World Bank Legacy Hinges on Kosovo Climate Test

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 6:46 PM

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Dr. Kim has declared the world must do more to address climate change. His lofty rhetoric has soared over that of previous presidents drawing widespread support for his progressive stance. But for those who follow this institution closely one thing has...

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What d.light's $11 Million Investment Means for Off Grid Solar

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 1:46 PM

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From sub-Saharan Africa to Bangladesh the off grid solar market is posting eye popping growth rates. But despite that impressive performance access to finance has choked the sector's ability to truly scale. That's why a new Series C investment...

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Electrify Africa Act Needs To Change Course

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 4:39 PM

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The direction Power Africa, President Obama's signature initiative to address energy poverty in sub-Saharan Africa, is headed is worrying. Worse, the Electrify Africa Act which supports this initiative, and is working its way through congress, is under pressure...

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U.S. Challenges India's Solar Industry, Again

(53) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 4:14 PM

On February 10, the United States filed a World Trade Organization (WTO) complaint against India. The allegation? That India may be unfairly supporting the development of its solar manufacturing industry. This misguided complaint will only further enflame tensions between the world's two largest democracies over an issue we all support:...

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Will Japan End Its International Isolation on Overseas Coal Lending?

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 3:41 PM

Co-Authored by Bob Burton, CoalSwarm

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As an ever-expanding number of international financial institutions restrict their support for new coal plants overseas the worlds policymakers are now turning their attention to the one nation that stands out for its refusal...

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Coal India Abandons Share Offer Amongst Growing Investor Skepticism

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 12:51 PM

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Co-authored by Ashish Fernandes, Greenpeace

Three years can be an eternity for a coal company. In October 2010, Coal India, then the world's largest coal miner, was seen as one of the most valuable equity investments in the emerging economies. With...

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Meet India's New Environment Minister - 'Oily Moily'

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2014 | 5:49 PM

'Oily Moily, have you any coal? Essar Essar three mines full. One for your power plant, one that you stole. And one for the other folks who'll help us win the polls!'

There is a new tune being sung by Indian environmentalists these days. After the shocking news that India's...

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A Lesson for Dr. Kim and the World Bank as It Ponders the Kosovo Coal Project

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2014 | 11:22 AM

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Co-authored by Bob Burton, Coalswarm & Sven Haertig, Bankwatch

When Dr. Kim, President of the World Bank, and leaders of other international financial institutions ponder funding new coal power projects this year -- like the one in...

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National Geographic's Terra Watt Prize

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 6:52 AM

Access to finance is the largest barrier to scaling off grid clean energy access technologies for the 1.3 billion around the world currently left in the dark. Anyone who follows the space closely has heard this refrain time and time again. For those of us beating that drum it's nice...

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China's Coal to Gas Plans: Old Wine in New Bottles

(1) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 7:09 PM

Co-authored by Li Shuo, Greenpeace East Asia

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The Chinese coal industry has a plan to solve the nations air pollution crisis -- consume more coal. Last week the Chinese chief energy planning agency, the National Energy Administration (NEA) concluded its annual...

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Mosaic, Mobile Phones, and Clean Energy Access

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 1:10 PM

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Solar crowdfunder Mosaic, is the latest entrant into clean energy's next big market - off grid clean energy. Thanks to a top prize of $1 million from Verizon Powerful Answers Mosaic will be developing a mobile app,...

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India, AAP & The People's Energy Plan

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 5:03 PM

Indian development is at a pivotal moment. From stagnant economic growth to a raging Current Account Deficit (CAD) Crisis to widespread anger over corruption in politics the inevitability of India's ascent no longer seems assured. The last of which explains why voters overwhelmingly supported the Aam Admi Party (AAP) ('common...

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New Report: Activists Worldwide Say 'No' to Coal

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 10:13 AM

This year, the world saw tremendous momentum demanding a move beyond coal. From India to Germany, the United States to Indonesia, communities are standing up and demanding clean air and clean water. From global social media storms to local protests and marches with thousands of people, acts of grassroots activism...

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Another Global Financial Institution Moves Beyond Coal

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 2:24 PM

It's official: International financial institutions (IFIs) don't see any place for coal in a 21st-clean energy economy. Earlier this year, two of the world's largest IFIs, the World Bank and the European Investment Bank (EIB), announced their first historic restrictions on coal financing. Since then, the momentum has...

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European Coal Use Declines 8 Percent in First Half of 2013

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 1:32 PM

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You've probably heard a lot of noise about a coal resurgence in Europe. Earlier this year my colleagues and I tried to sift the fact from the fiction to tell you what's really going on --...

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