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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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http://www.worldbank.org/energy



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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

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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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

What drives the price of solar photovoltaic electricity in developing countries? (English)

This brief summarizes an analysis of 37 winning bids for utility-scale solar PV plants procured through auctions in 13 developing countries between 2013 and 2016. ... See More +

Brief 113110 JAN 01, 2017

Dobrotkova,Zuzana; Audinet,Pierre; Sargsyan,Gevorg 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

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

Distribution automation : an opportunity to improve reliability and quality (English)

The control systems of today’s smart power-distribution grids have evolved significantly. Such systems improve system reliability by reducing the frequency and duration of outages. ... See More +

Brief 107122 JUL 01, 2016

Nangia,Varun Ravi; Oguah,Samuel Kwesi Ewuah; Gaba,Kwawu Mensan Disclosed

Managing the grids of the future in developing countries : recent World Bank support for SCADA/EMS and SCADA/DMS systems (English)

SCADA/EMS and SCADA/DMS systems ensure that power grids are efficient, resilient, and able to adapt to changes in generation, transmission, and distribution. ... See More +

Brief 107121 JUL 01, 2016

Nangia,Varun Ravi; Oguah,Samuel Kwesi Ewuah; Gaba,Kwawu Mensan Disclosed

Smartening the grid in developing countries : emerging lessons from World Bank lending (English)

Since fiscal year 2010 the World Bank has supported 20 smart grid projects in 19 countries and all six Bank regions. Valued at 960 million dollars - a quarter of all Bank support for transmission and distribution during the period — the projects have focused on advanced metering, distribution automation, and supervisory control and data acquisition for energy and distribution management systems. ... See More +

Brief 107123 JUL 01, 2016

Nangia,Varun Ravi; Oguah,Samuel Kwesi Ewuah; Gaba,Kwawu Mensan Disclosed

Can utilities realize the benefits of advanced metering infrastructure? Lessons from the World Bank’s portfolio (English)

Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) provides significant benefits to utilities around the world. Although it is entering the mainstream, technical concerns, policy challenges, capacity, and will in the Bank’s client countries hinder wider adoption. ... See More +

Brief 107120 JUL 01, 2016

Nangia,Varun Ravi; Oguah,Samuel Kwesi Ewuah; Gaba,Kwawu Mensan Disclosed

Improving transmission planning : examples from Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal (English)

Development of power transmission networks requires long lead times and substantial capital. Optimization of investment is especially critical in fast-growing economies such as India’s, where there are competing demands on financial resources, and utilities need to maintain adequate cash flow to expand electricity service for economic growth and poverty reduction. ... See More +

Brief 106750 JAN 01, 2016

Saraswat,Kavita; Gupta,Amol Disclosed

Toward climate-resilient hydropower in South Asia (English)

The decision tree offers a cost effective, scientifically sound, replicable, and transparent method for demonstrating the robustness of a development project in the face of the risks posed by climate change, natural hazards, and other factors. ... See More +

Brief 105268 JAN 01, 2016

Karki,Pravin; Bonzanigo,Laura; Ohtsuka,Haruhisa; Pahuja,Sanjay Disclosed

Are power utilities in Tonga and New Zealand resilient? : human and organizational factors in disaster response (English)

Given the increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather events, it is useful to understand the lessons learned from recent natural disasters in Ha’apai, Tonga, and Christchurch, New Zealand. ... See More +

Brief 102681 JAN 01, 2016

Brown, Ray; Wang,Xiaoping; Page, Christopher Disclosed

Thirsty energy (II) : the importance of water for oil and gas extraction (English)

The effect of oil and gas development on local and regional water resources can profoundly change a region’s economic possibilities, its water environment, and the vitality of its ecosystem. ... See More +

Brief 102679 JAN 01, 2016

Sohns,Antonia Averill; Rodriguez,Diego Juan; Delgado Martin,Anna Disclosed

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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
Is pumped storage hydroelectric power right for Vietnam? (English)
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OCT 24, 2017 120674 Brief
The effects of carbon limits on electricity generation and coal production : an integrated planning approach applied to Poland (English)
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OCT 24, 2017 120676 Brief
Disaster preparedness offers big payoffs for utilities (English)
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OCT 24, 2017 120677 Brief
Data as an enabler in the off-grid sector : focus on Tanzania (English)
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OCT 24, 2017 120678 Brief
Minerals and metals to meet the needs of a low-carbon economy (English)
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SEP 01, 2017 119866 Brief
Forecasting electricity demand : an aid for practitioners (English)
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JAN 01, 2017 113109 Brief
What drives the price of solar photovoltaic electricity in developing countries? (English)
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JAN 01, 2017 113110 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
Mobilizing risk capital to unlock the global potential of geothermal power (English)
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JAN 01, 2017 113111 Brief
Distribution automation : an opportunity to improve reliability and quality (English)
See More +
JUL 01, 2016 107122 Brief
Managing the grids of the future in developing countries : recent World Bank support for SCADA/EMS and SCADA/DMS systems (English)
See More +
JUL 01, 2016 107121 Brief
Smartening the grid in developing countries : emerging lessons from World Bank lending (English)
See More +
JUL 01, 2016 107123 Brief
Can utilities realize the benefits of advanced metering infrastructure? Lessons from the World Bank’s portfolio (English)
See More +
JUL 01, 2016 107120 Brief
Improving transmission planning : examples from Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal (English)
See More +
JAN 01, 2016 106750 Brief
Toward climate-resilient hydropower in South Asia (English)
See More +
JAN 01, 2016 105268 Brief
Are power utilities in Tonga and New Zealand resilient? : human and organizational factors in disaster response (English)
See More +
JAN 01, 2016 102681 Brief
Thirsty energy (II) : the importance of water for oil and gas extraction (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 102679 Brief