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© 2019 by Mark Konold

Analysis, articles, and reflections spanning my interests, life, and work.

October 21, 2019

Today I gave a talk and presented information about barriers to solar photovoltaic (PV) development in the commercial and industrial (C&I) sector. I am currently researching this topic as part of a separate World Bank-funded project. Although that project focuses on Eastern Caribbean islands, the mo...

March 12, 2019

For the third year in a row I have been asked to participate at RECAM, a conference whose full name is: Renewable Energy In the Caribbean and Central America. You can see why the acronym is preferable.

Two years ago I presented data that showed how climate change is impacting project risk and, by ext...

March 8, 2018

[Central America Power Market Imports (L) and Exports (R). Source: InterAmerican Development Bank]

Green Power Conferences invited me back to their annual Renewable Energy in Central America (RECAM) conference, this time to discuss the electricity transmission system interconnecting Central America....

March 9, 2017

Green Power Conferences invited me to speak at their annual Renewable Energy in Central America (RECAM) event. In my role as a Senior Fellow at Worldwatch Institute, I was asked to talk about Climate Risk and Project Development.

Without question, the increased impacts of global climate change are be...

December 5, 2016

This blog post was originally published at Worldwatch Institute.

In October, the Latin America and Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy (LAC-CORE) held its fifth finance summit, a gathering of industry professionals focusing on market opportunities, successes, challenges, and innovative solutions to...

May 3, 2013

The blog post was originally published at Worldwatch Institute.

Globally, new investment in renewable energy fell 11 percent in 2012. But in Latin America and the Caribbean (not including Brazil), it grew at a remarkable rate of 127 percent, totaling US$4.6 billion. This was the opening context fo...

March 13, 2013

The recent passing of Hugo Chavez leaves a lot of unanswered questions. Chief among them: exactly which programs and policies will remain? His ploy to use Venezuela’s natural resources to wield influence in the region against US. Foreign policy, known as PetroCaribe, has been successful in many ways...

March 4, 2011

This blog post was originally published at Worldwatch Institute.

Let’s say that Worldwatch’s Low-Carbon Energy Roadmaps help convince key decision makers in target countries to move away from fossil fuel dependency and toward a more renewable energy portfolio. And let’s assume that Central and South...

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