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The Struggle to Expand Clean Energy in 2016

As the solar industry grows and energy efficiency works to do the same, 2016 brought a significant expansion of breaking news for us to cover and curate. The articles below are our top stories showing the many new and surprising developments we saw last year.

Two Global Climate Finance Awards Synergize

Two international awards for climate finance are starting to work together. On Dec. 5, the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance announced its three winners. In the same email, Finance for Resilience (FiRe) named its four finalists. FiRe will narrow down the list to two winners at the 2017 Bloomberg New Energy Finance conference in April. 125 project developers applied for one or both competitions.

No Resolution in Sight for International Climate Finance

Some of the largest battles at November’s United Nations climate conference, COP22, broke out over climate financing – who pays for it, who gets the money, and who meets the requirements. The stage for the financing challenges was set in 2009 when developed countries agreed to a target of raising $100 billion USD annually by 2020 in the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

Blockchain Technology Could Streamline Distributed Generation

In Australia, Europe, and North America, energy companies are beginning to consider using blockchain technology for distributed generation payments between small solar installations. A blockchain is a shared digital decentralized ledger that records transactions across a peer-to-peer network. Blockchain technology involves strong encryption.

UN Seeks to Integrate Climate into Urban Planning

To support cities in climate sustainability, the Cities and Climate Change Initiative (CCCI) from UN Habitat collaborated with other agencies to develop the report “Guiding Principles for City Climate Action Planning.” The initiative announced these principles at COP21 on Dec. 4, 2015. The report recommends evidence-based cross-sector collaboration at an unprecedented level.