President Barack Obama is ordering the federal government to nearly triple to 20 percent its use of renewable sources for electricity by 2020.
The Thai Ministry of Energy is increasing its efforts to engage regions and provinces in tapping Thailand’s renewable energy potential via various recent initiatives such as a feed-in tariff for community-based photovoltaic installations or biogas from energy crops.
Reducing policy and regulatory barriers, building capacity and piloting renewables are crucial steps in enabling the deployment of renewable energy (RE) to conflict-prone Afghanistan.
RE is high on Afghanistan’s political agenda. Only 10% of its rural population currently has access to electricity. Therefore, rural areas will benefit from the development of mini and micro-hydro and PV mini-grids.
Biogas was not mentioned once in Al Gore’s 2007 documentary An Inconvenient Truth, and at the time the now failed solar firm Solyndra was negotiating a $535 federal guaranteed loan, not the US Department of Energy, EPA or USDA even offered information about biogas on their websites.