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Live Wire

January 2014 - present

 

The Live Wire series of online knowledge notes is a new initiative of the World Bank Group's Energy Practice, reflecting the emphasis on knowledge management and solutions-oriented knowledge that is emerging from the ongoing change process within the Bank Group. Each Live Wire delivers in 3-6 attractive, highly readable pages, knowledge that is immediately relevant to front-line practitioners. Live Wires take a variety of forms: 1) topic briefs offer technical knowledge on key energy issues, 2) case studies highlight lessons from experiences in implementation, 3) global trends provide analytical overviews of key energy data, and 4) bank views portray the Bank Group’s energy-sector activities. Live Wire is designed for practitioners inside and outside the Bank. It is a resource to share with clients and counterparts. Each Live Wire is peer-reviewed, and once a year the Energy Practice takes stock of all notes that appeared, reviewing their quality and identifying priority areas to be covered in the following year's pipeline.

 

The briefs are also featured in the bi-monthly newsletter entitled World Bank Energy Digest.

 

Frequency:    Bimonthly

 

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Kenya's Strategy to Make Liquefied Petroleum Gas the Nation's Primary Cooking Fuel (English)

Adoption of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as a clean cooking solution is lagging behind Kenya's 2030 development goal, despite several government initiatives along the LPG value chain. ... See More +

Brief 129734 SEP 01, 2018

Disclosed

Making a Difference in People's Lives: Rural Electrification in the Lao People's Democratic Republic (English)

Grid connectivity in rural Lao PDR yields widespread benefits: substantial improvements in household income, spending, ownership of durable assets, and children's education. ... See More +

Brief 129736 SEP 01, 2018

Sumad, Hussain; Portale,Elisa Disclosed

Financing Energy Efficiency, Part 1: Revolving Funds (English)

Despite offering huge economic returns, implementing energy efficiency measures encounters widespread and systemic barriers. One solution is developing effective and scalable financing and implementation mechanisms. ... See More +

Brief 129733 SEP 01, 2018

Disclosed

Transforming Energy Efficiency Markets in Developing Countries : The Emerging Possibilities of Super ESCOs (English)

Over the past decade, Super ESCOs have emerged as a viable alternative to private sector ESCOs. These government established entities are well positioned to address market barriers and realize energy efficiency potential of the public sector even as they facilitate the development of private sector ESCOs. ... See More +

Brief 129781 SEP 01, 2018

Sarkar,Ashok; Moin,Sarah Disclosed

Financing Energy Efficiency, Part 2 : Credit Lines (English)

Despite offering huge economic returns, implementing energy efficiency measures encounters widespread and systemic barriers. A variety of market failures are keeping project developers from accessing commercial financing for energy efficiency investments. ... See More +

Brief 129785 SEP 01, 2018

Wu,Yun; Singh,Jasneet; Tucker,Dylan Karl Disclosed

Closing the Gender Gap in Extractives – What Has Been Done and What Have We Learned? (English)

Women are not receiving equal benefits of the global development of oil, gas, and mineral resources, even as they shoulder a greater burden of the negative impacts. ... See More +

Brief 129731 SEP 01, 2018

Perks,Rachel Bernice; Buitrago Orozco,Diana Catalina Disclosed

Exploiting synergies between rooftop solar PV and energy efficiency investments in the built environment (English)

The synergies between rooftop solar PV (RPV) and energy efficiency (EE) investments in the built environment include lower specific transaction costs, optimized RPV systems, shorter project payback periods (compared to RPV-only projects), and, for EE, enhanced project visibility. ... See More +

Brief 122590 JAN 10, 2018

Makumbe,Pedzisayi Disclosed

Shedding light on electricity utilities in the Middle East and North Africa : insights from a performance diagnostic (English)

The electricity sector in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is in the grip of an apparent paradox. Although the region is home to the world's largest oil and gas reserves and has been able to maintain electricity access rates of close to 100 percent in most of its economies, it may not be able to cater to the future electricity needs of its fast-growing population and their business activities. ... See More +

Brief 122842 JAN 01, 2018

Mahgoub Hamid,Mohamad Ibrahim Mahmoud; Bacon,Robert W.; Estache,Antonio; Camos Daurella,Daniel Disclosed

Promoting productive uses of electricity in al electrification programs : experience from Peru (English)

Rural electrification programs can be more effective in stimulating economic growth, social development, and sustainable utility operations when they promote productive uses of electricity, as shown by a decade of experience in Peru. ... See More +

Brief 120675 OCT 24, 2017

Disclosed

Rural electrification using shield wire schemes (English)

Shield wire systems running along existing high-voltage transmission lines can supply household electricity to communities located within 20 km of the high-voltage corridor. ... See More +

Brief 120679 OCT 24, 2017

Disclosed

Data as an enabler in the off-grid sector : focus on Tanzania (English)

Through new technologies and business models, off-grid power markets promise to bring electricity access to more rural communities at a faster pace than is possible with grid extension alone. ... See More +

Brief 120678 OCT 24, 2017

Disclosed

Disaster preparedness offers big payoffs for utilities (English)

Achieving the right balance between resilience and the cost of electricity poses a challenge. Technical solutions are available to mitigate the risks posed by most hazards, but they affect the prices customers pay for power and may be difficult to justify to regulators. ... See More +

Brief 120677 OCT 24, 2017

Disclosed

The effects of carbon limits on electricity generation and coal production : an integrated planning approach applied to Poland (English)

Integrated planning analysis can provide evidence to support decision making and consensus building about sensitive issues in the energy sector. ... See More +

Brief 120676 OCT 24, 2017

Disclosed

Is pumped storage hydroelectric power right for Vietnam? (English)

The ability of pumped storage hydroelectric power (PSP) to supply large amounts of electricity at a moment’s notice provides a strong complement to the natural variability of wind and solar generation, potentially easing the integration of renewables into Vietnam’s burgeoning power system. ... See More +

Brief 120674 OCT 24, 2017

Disclosed

Minerals and metals to meet the needs of a low-carbon economy (English)

Meeting the requirements of the Paris Agreement to keep the global average temperature from rising more than 2ºC above pre-industrial levels will mean vastly expanded use of low-carbon sources of electricity, such as wind and solar power, as well as advanced technologies for long-term energy storage. ... See More +

Brief 119866 SEP 01, 2017

Hund,Kirsten Lori; Arrobas,Daniele La Porta; Drexhage,John Richard Disclosed

Increasing the use of liquefied petroleum gas in cooking in developing countries (English)

To reduce household air pollution, improve health outcomes, save nonrenewable biomass, and support local economic development, developing countries are seeking to increase the use of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as a clean cooking solution. ... See More +

Brief 114846 JAN 01, 2017

Disclosed

Increasing the potential of concessions to expand rural electrification in Sub-Saharan Africa (English)

The record of concession arrangements in stimulating faster and more effective rural electrification in Sub-Saharan Africa is mixed at best: More concessions have failed than have been implemented—and among concessions that have been implemented, none can be considered an unequivocal success. ... See More +

Brief 114847 JAN 01, 2017

Disclosed

A GIS approach to planning electrification in Afghanistan (English)

A new database of geospatial information and a related model allow Afghani planners to estimate, analyze, and visualize the most cost-effective electrification options for the achievement of electricity access goals. ... See More +

Brief 122594 JAN 01, 2017

Bazilian,Morgan; Howells,Mark Idwal; Korkovelos,Alexandros; Mentis,Dimitrios Disclosed

Mobilizing risk capital to unlock the global potential of geothermal power (English)

Geothermal heat is increasingly being used around the world to produce electricity in an environmentally friendly way. Current technology could potentially produce more than 70 GW of power, but only about 15 percent of that capacity is currently developed and operating. ... See More +

Brief 113111 JAN 01, 2017

La Rocca,Roberto; Johansen,Peter; Berman,Laura Wendell; Jayawardena,Migara Disclosed

Forecasting electricity demand : an aid for practitioners (English)

Accurate forecasts of electricity demand inform investment decisions about power generation and supporting network infrastructure. Of major interest to energy policymakers, power utilities, and private investors alike, forecasts are also essential for development professionals. ... See More +

Brief 113109 JAN 01, 2017

Steinbuks,Jevgenijs; De Wit,Joerie Frederik; Kochnakyan,Artur; Foster,Vivien Disclosed

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Kenya's Strategy to Make Liquefied Petroleum Gas the Nation's Primary Cooking Fuel (English)
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SEP 01, 2018 129734 Brief
Making a Difference in People's Lives: Rural Electrification in the Lao People's Democratic Republic (English)
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SEP 01, 2018 129736 Brief
Financing Energy Efficiency, Part 1: Revolving Funds (English)
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SEP 01, 2018 129733 Brief
Transforming Energy Efficiency Markets in Developing Countries : The Emerging Possibilities of Super ESCOs (English)
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SEP 01, 2018 129781 Brief
Financing Energy Efficiency, Part 2 : Credit Lines (English)
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SEP 01, 2018 129785 Brief
Closing the Gender Gap in Extractives – What Has Been Done and What Have We Learned? (English)
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SEP 01, 2018 129731 Brief
Exploiting synergies between rooftop solar PV and energy efficiency investments in the built environment (English)
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JAN 10, 2018 122590 Brief
Shedding light on electricity utilities in the Middle East and North Africa : insights from a performance diagnostic (English)
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JAN 01, 2018 122842 Brief
Promoting productive uses of electricity in al electrification programs : experience from Peru (English)
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OCT 24, 2017 120675 Brief
Rural electrification using shield wire schemes (English)
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OCT 24, 2017 120679 Brief
Data as an enabler in the off-grid sector : focus on Tanzania (English)
See More +
OCT 24, 2017 120678 Brief
Disaster preparedness offers big payoffs for utilities (English)
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OCT 24, 2017 120677 Brief
The effects of carbon limits on electricity generation and coal production : an integrated planning approach applied to Poland (English)
See More +
OCT 24, 2017 120676 Brief
Is pumped storage hydroelectric power right for Vietnam? (English)
See More +
OCT 24, 2017 120674 Brief
Minerals and metals to meet the needs of a low-carbon economy (English)
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SEP 01, 2017 119866 Brief
Increasing the use of liquefied petroleum gas in cooking in developing countries (English)
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JAN 01, 2017 114846 Brief
Increasing the potential of concessions to expand rural electrification in Sub-Saharan Africa (English)
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JAN 01, 2017 114847 Brief
A GIS approach to planning electrification in Afghanistan (English)
See More +
JAN 01, 2017 122594 Brief
Mobilizing risk capital to unlock the global potential of geothermal power (English)
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JAN 01, 2017 113111 Brief
Forecasting electricity demand : an aid for practitioners (English)
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JAN 01, 2017 113109 Brief