Revitalizing Serbia’s Renewable Energy Sector

Serbia’s economic reliance on energy imports from Russia has historically prevented the country from diversifying its energy sources. The Serbian government’s 2020 goal to achieve 27% of final energy consumption from renewable energy fell short. However, this goal demonstrates an acknowledgement by Serbian leaders that they must embrace energy efficient technologies and practices to achieve…

3 Questions with Chris Perine on Chemonics’ Climate Group

Chemonics has decades of deep climate adaptation, mitigation, and management experience. Our new Climate Group helps us consolidate all of our accumulated experience, coordinate the deployment of our in-house expertise, and more systematically address climate risks and opportunities in our current project portfolio and new business efforts. 1. What do you see as key challenges…

Mobilizing Capital Toward the Sustainable Development Goals

Even before COVID-19 hit, financing for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was falling $2.5 trillion (USD) short. The OECD’s Global Outlook 2021 report suggests that the annual SDG financing gap in developing countries could have increased by a further $1.7 trillion, or nearly 70%, in 2020. The finance needed to meet the SDGs represents only…

News: Chemonics International and EPRI Collaborate to Drive Clean Energy Innovation Around the World

Chemonics International and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have entered a formal agreement bringing together decades of international development expertise and technical know-how to advance technology solutions underpinning the clean energy transition. Under this agreement, the organizations will begin work immediately on the recently awarded USAID Sri Lanka Energy Program. This program will support…

Development Works Here with Matthew Mendis

We’d like you to meet Matthew Mendis! Matthew is the managing director of the Chemonics Energy Group. In this video, Matthew discusses his path to working in development and the clean energy sector, why he’s excited to work on USAID’s Sri Lanka Energy Program, the importance of renewable energy to curb climate change, and what…

A New Approach to Energy Governance in Development

Recent work shows the importance of understanding the political economy of the energy sector when designing interventions and adapting our approach to managing energy sector projects. To tackle the climate crisis and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, we need new approaches for improving access to modern, affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy. During this webinar, co-hosted…

Yawar Gilani

Yawar Gilani has more than 10 years of experience managing and implementing large, multi-stakeholder international development programs in the energy sector in Asia. He holds direct experience with utility modernization, particularly with power distribution companies. Mr. Gilani served as a senior engineer on a large USAID funded program in Pakistan to reform the power distribution…

Re-Energizing the Power Sector in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s power system currently faces considerable challenges that limit the country’s ability to secure the electricity supplies it needs to fuel rapid economic growth while progressing toward its target of generating 80% renewable energy by 2030. The Ceylon Electricity Board, a state-owned utility, is financially weak due to non-cost reflective tariffs and high generation…

Decarbonizing Power Sectors in Emerging Markets Begins with Better Energy Governance

The experts say it’s possible. We can limit the warming of our planet to 1.5 C if we achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. That’s encouraging until you consider that Asia alone now accounts for 55 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, and that share is growing. The power sector plays a major role in the climate challenge. For…

Energy Governance in Developing Countries — A New Approach

This technical brief shows how poor energy governance damages energy access and efforts to improve the quality and reliability of power. It explains the political reasons why energy governance is so poor in many countries and contrasts this with the current system of procuring technical assistance, which largely ignores the energy governance challenge. It shows…

Why Tackling Energy Governance in Developing Countries Needs a Different Approach

This paper outlines the size and nature of the energy challenge, with a focus on electricity. It describes the investments that are currently being made to improve the quality of power and access to electricity — and the growing evidence that investments often fail due to poor energy governance. The paper then delves more deeply…

Final Report: South Africa Low Emissions Development Program

This final report summarizes the achievements and outcomes of the South Africa Low Emissions Development (SA-LED) Program. This project worked with municipalities to provide targeted technical assistance to develop LED projects, build capacity and create an enabling environment for LED at the sub-national level to produce sustainable results. Focused on helping South African municipalities move…