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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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Rethinking Power Sector Reform : Positive Lessons for the Middle East and North Africa (English)

The need for greater efficiency and accountability in the power sector in the Middle East and North Africa has renewed pressure for reforms. A major new World Bank report, Rethinking Power Sector Reform in the Developing World (Foster and Rana 2020), examines how developing countries have attempted to reform their power sector and with what results. ... See More +

Brief 148151 JAN 31, 2020

Nguyen,Tu Chi; Rana,Anshul; Fernstrom,Erik Magnus; Foster,Vivien Disclosed

An Emerging Natural Gas Hub in the Eastern Mediterranean (English)

In January 2020, the energy ministers of seven countries and territories established the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum. EMGF’s objective is cooperation to overcome obstacles to exploitation of the region’s gas resources. ... See More +

Brief 148150 JAN 31, 2020

Huurdeman,Alexander Johannes Disclosed

Attracting Private Participation and Financing in the Power Sector in Sub-Saharan Africa : Findings from a Survey of Investors and Financiers (English)

Private financing and private participation in service delivery will be required if Sub-Saharan Africa is to achieve affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all by 2030. ... See More +

Brief 145103 JAN 13, 2020

Disclosed

Electricity Utility Reform in Mali : Lessons from Operations (English)

In conflict-ridden Mali, where 61 percent of the population still lack access to electricity, demand for electricity is outpacing supply, limiting the country’s prospects for industrial and economic development. ... See More +

Brief 145047 JAN 09, 2020

Disclosed

Increasing Human Capital by Electrifying Health Centers and Schools through Off-Grid Solar Solutions (English)

The electrification of health centers, schools, and other public institutions has been limited by the slow expansion of national grids, which has staggering consequences for economic growth, poverty reduction, and the accumulation of human capital. ... See More +

Brief 145539 JAN 01, 2020

Elahi,Raihan; Srinivasan,Rahul; Mukurazhizha,Tendai Disclosed

Have Improved Cookstoves Benefitted Rural Kenyans? : Findings from the EnDev Initiative (English)

Meeting the goal of universal access to clean cooking by 2030 remains a formidable challenge, as the current growth rate in clean-cooking coverage lags far behind the rate required to meet the goal (0.5 percent per year versus 3 percent). ... See More +

Brief 139373 JUL 01, 2019

Samad,Hussain A.; Portale,Elisa Disclosed

How Do Enterprises Benefit from Grid Connection? : The Case of Rural Electrification in Bangladesh (English)

Many of the enterprises that make up Bangladesh’s dominant nonfarm sector (85 percent of GDP) are located in rural areas (World Bank 2015). Electrifying them can be a major driving force behind economic growth. ... See More +

Brief 139374 JUL 01, 2019

Samad,Hussain A.; Portale,Elisa Disclosed

Where and How Slum Electrification Succeeds : A Proposal for Replication (English)

Substantial gains have been made in recent years in electrifying urban and peri-urban areas in the developing world, in partial fulfillment of the global commitment to ensure access to affordable, reliable, and modern energy for all by 2030. ... See More +

Brief 137835 JUN 01, 2019

Dave,Rutu; Smyser,Connie; Koehrer,Fabian Disclosed

Ensuring That Regulations Evolve as Mini Grids Mature (English)

As they mature, mini grid sectors evolve from marginally viable competitive entrants to potential monopoly providers of essential services. In early stages, overly stringent regulation can choke the sector’s growth. ... See More +

Brief 137182 MAY 24, 2019

Disclosed

Beyond the Last Mile : Piloting High-Efficiency, Low-Emissions Heating Technologies in Central Asia (English)

Chronic underheating is commonplace among poor households in cold-climate regions of developing countries beyond the reach of district heating and gas-distribution networks. ... See More +

Brief 137183 MAY 24, 2019

Zhang,Yabei; Adams,Norma; Pemberton-Pigott,Crispin Robert Disclosed

Investing in Mini Grids Now, Integrating with the Main Grid Later : A Menu of Good Policy and Regulatory Option (English)

Mini grids can economically supply electricity to people in areas that the main grid is unlikely to reach soon. Mini grids can be quickly deployed and are increasingly price-competitive against traditional sources of energy. ... See More +

Brief 137147 MAY 01, 2019

Ehrhardt,David; Servetti, Gianmarco; Tessier, Lisa; Missirian, Charly; Hervot, Laurie Disclosed

Beyond the Last Mile : Piloting High-Efficiency, Low-Emissions Heating Technologies in Central Asia (English)

Chronic underheating is commonplace among poor households in cold-climate regions of developing countries beyond the reach of district heating and gas distribution networks. ... See More +

Report 135741 MAR 29, 2019

Disclosed

Planning Models for Electricity Access : Where Do we Go from Here? (English)

Well-integrated planning models can help cover the whole planning spectrum - from the national level down to granular distribution at the village level. ... See More +

Brief 144987 JAN 01, 2019

Srinivasan,Rahul; Chattopadhyay,Debabrata Disclosed

Energy Efficiency in the Public Sector (English)

As a collectively large energy user, the public sector can set an example for efficiency improvements in other sectors. It can also stimulate EE markets, bring down costs for other energy users, lower emissions, and free up funds for investments for other development priorities. ... See More +

Brief 132945 DEC 01, 2018

Singh,Jasneet Disclosed

Energy Efficiency in Industry (English)

The vast energy efficiency potential in industry remains largely untapped, impairing global efforts to mitigate climate change. With the right steps, energy savings by 2035 could rise to 668 million metric tons of oil equivalent in OECD countries, and up to five times more in developing countries. ... See More +

Brief 132949 DEC 01, 2018

Dobrotkova,Zuzana; Lukas,Aditya Alexander; Singh,Jasneet Disclosed

Residential Energy Efficiency (English)

Over the next decade, energy consumption in the residential subsector is expected to grow faster than in the rest of the building sector owing to expected increases in both the number of households and in per capita energy use as incomes rise. ... See More +

Brief 132947 DEC 01, 2018

Lukas,Aditya Alexander 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 +

129781 SEP 01, 2018

Sarkar,Ashok; Moin,Sarah 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

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

Lukas,Aditya Alexander 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

Samad,Hussain A.; Portale,Elisa Disclosed

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Rethinking Power Sector Reform : Positive Lessons for the Middle East and North Africa (English)
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JAN 31, 2020 148151 Brief
An Emerging Natural Gas Hub in the Eastern Mediterranean (English)
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JAN 31, 2020 148150 Brief
Attracting Private Participation and Financing in the Power Sector in Sub-Saharan Africa : Findings from a Survey of Investors and Financiers (English)
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JAN 13, 2020 145103 Brief
Electricity Utility Reform in Mali : Lessons from Operations (English)
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JAN 09, 2020 145047 Brief
Increasing Human Capital by Electrifying Health Centers and Schools through Off-Grid Solar Solutions (English)
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JAN 01, 2020 145539 Brief
Have Improved Cookstoves Benefitted Rural Kenyans? : Findings from the EnDev Initiative (English)
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JUL 01, 2019 139373 Brief
How Do Enterprises Benefit from Grid Connection? : The Case of Rural Electrification in Bangladesh (English)
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JUL 01, 2019 139374 Brief
Where and How Slum Electrification Succeeds : A Proposal for Replication (English)
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JUN 01, 2019 137835 Brief
Ensuring That Regulations Evolve as Mini Grids Mature (English)
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MAY 24, 2019 137182 Brief
Beyond the Last Mile : Piloting High-Efficiency, Low-Emissions Heating Technologies in Central Asia (English)
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MAY 24, 2019 137183 Brief
Investing in Mini Grids Now, Integrating with the Main Grid Later : A Menu of Good Policy and Regulatory Option (English)
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MAY 01, 2019 137147 Brief
Beyond the Last Mile : Piloting High-Efficiency, Low-Emissions Heating Technologies in Central Asia (English)
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MAR 29, 2019 135741 Report
Planning Models for Electricity Access : Where Do we Go from Here? (English)
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JAN 01, 2019 144987 Brief
Energy Efficiency in the Public Sector (English)
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DEC 01, 2018 132945 Brief
Energy Efficiency in Industry (English)
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DEC 01, 2018 132949 Brief
Residential Energy Efficiency (English)
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DEC 01, 2018 132947 Brief
Transforming Energy Efficiency Markets in Developing Countries : The Emerging Possibilities of Super ESCOs (English)
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SEP 01, 2018 129781
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
Financing Energy Efficiency, Part 1 : Revolving Funds (English)
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SEP 01, 2018 129733 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