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EGI at the 14th International Anti-Corruption Conference

At a moment in which billions of dollars of financing are being sought to support developing countries to transition to low-carbon economies, relatively little attention is being paid to the ways in which decisions about expenditures are actually made. But with new technologies and new sources of financing emerging as potential drivers of an energy transformation, it is critical to understand the institutional structures and governance practices that shape sector choices. The Electricity Governance Initiative explored these issues on a panel at 14th International Anti-Corruption Conference in November 2010. Titled “Clean Energy: Conflicts of Interest and Corruption in the Electricity Sector,” the panel presented case-studies of the institutional backdrop for electricity sector planning and procurement. The panel examined how public funds for both conventional and renewable energy may serve vested interests, as well as ways in which electricity sector institutions in developing countries may be better designed to protect public interests in this capital intensive sector.

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Get FiT Workshop

On November 22-23, WRI and the Heinrich Boell Foundation North America will host an international workshop on renewable energy policies for renewable energy experts from developing countries here in Washington, DC.

For more information, please visit the event page.

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Roundtable on the Role and Challenges for Civil Society Participation in the Regulatory Process for Promotion of Clean Energy

On September 2, a round table was organised in New Delhi, under the title “the Role and Challenges for Civil Society Participation in the Regulatory Process for Promotion of Clean Energy”.

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EGI Newsletter, Summer 2010

EGI is proud to announce the latest EGI Newsletter. The newsletter is intended to be an update of EGI’s activities. It also serves as a way of communicating to other stakeholders what EGI is doing as a global initiative.

Click here to download the newsletter.

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Asia Pacific Dialogue on Clean Energy Governance and Regulation

The Asia Pacific Dialogue on Clean Energy Governance and Regulation (June 21-22, 2010) in Manila, Philippines brought together policy makers, energy, electricity and environment sector regulators, private sector and civil society representatives to discuss and share approaches to regulating clean energy. The Dialogue, which was co-organized by ADB, USAID and WRI along with the Regulatory Assistance Project and International Energy Agency builds on previous work carried out by the EGI network since 2005.


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EGI Welcomes New Senior Associate

Bharath JairajBharath Jairaj

The Electricity Governance Initiative is pleased to welcome Bharath Jairaj as a new Senior Associate. He will work primarily with South Asian and Southeast Asian country partners to improve governance processes in the energy sector.

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2010 Forum on Clean Energy, Good Governance, and Electricity Regulation

To view more information about this event, including forum materials, background documents, and workshop presentations, please visit the event webpage here.

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Electricity Plays Key Role in Kyrgyzstan Uprising

Kaji Sai, Kyrgyzstan, photo credit: flickr/zz77Kaji Sai, Kyrgyzstan, photo credit: flickr/zz77WRI’s Davida Wood answers questions on the current situation in Kyrgyzstan and its link to electricity governance.

The recent political upheaval and violent protests that rocked Kyrgyzstan – sparked in part by sharp hikes in tariffs for electricity and heat – serve as a reminder of the importance of the electric power sector in Central Asia.

In 2009, WRI’s Electricity Governance Initiative (EGI) supported local partners in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to conduct the first comprehensive Electricity Governance Assessments in their countries. These assessments allow civil society to gather data on the transparency, accountability, and inclusivity of a country’s electricity sector.

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Central Asia: Transparency and Accountability in the Electric Power Sectors of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

The Open Society Institute and Electricity Governance Initiative would like to announce a new event that is open to the public. There will be a reception directly after the event.

Date: April 28, 2010

Time: 5 – 7pm

Location: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2nd Floor 1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20036

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Roundtable on Governance and the Electricity Sector in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan

This invitation-only roundtable will bring together experts on energy issues and Central Asia for a focused discussion. Earlier this year, EGI’s partners in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan released their first EGI assessment reports. Representatives from the Consumers Union and the Energy Association (Tajikistan) and Unison Civic Environmental Foundation and the Consumer Association Ustin (Kyrgyzstan) will be in Washington to present their findings and engage in a dialogue with experts from the Washington, DC area.

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