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Clean Energy Solutions Center Expands Policy Assistance and Provides New Services on Finance

Expanded services and resources will help countries achieve national clean energy and climate goals

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Clean Energy Solutions Center Expands Policy Assistance and Provides New Services on Finance

The CEM announced a major scale-up of its Clean Energy Solutions Center to help countries implement solutions post-Paris to achieve their clean energy and climate goals.

Today, as the climate negotiations continue during COP21 in Paris, the Clean Energy Ministerial announced a major scale-up of its Clean Energy Solutions Center to help countries implement solutions post-Paris to achieve their clean energy and climate goals. The expansion includes scaling up the highly successful Ask An Expert service and launching new services on clean energy finance.

To date, the Solutions Center has responded to more than 190 requests for assistance through its quick-response Ask An Expert service, providing no-cost clean energy policy support to 95 developing countries around the world. With new financial and in-kind support recently pledged by member countries, the service expects to scale up to fulfill 1,000 total policy assistance requests over the next five years. In addition, a new Clean Energy Finance Solutions Center is being launched to provide resources and expert services to help governments mobilize clean energy finance. Sweden is joining Australia and the United States in providing funding for the Solutions Center. New clean energy experts from Canada, Mexico, and the United States (through its Power Africa program) will join the growing roster of consulting experts.

“COP21 is just the starting point for important work on reducing global emissions from the energy sector,” said Ibrahim Baylan, Energy Minister of Sweden. “To be successful we need to establish stronger ties between energy policy, climate finance, and capacity building, to support individual countries reaching their climate ambitions. The Solutions Centre is for us a very clever and effective way of helping countries to set the right frameworks for building clean and robust energy systems, which is why Sweden now has decided to support the initiative with extra funding.”

The Solutions Center has tapped leading global policy institutions to form a network of experts who provide quick-response advice and assistance that enables governments to strengthen clean energy policy design and implementation. Wide-ranging examples of past assistance include the design of a commercial building regulation in South Africa, sustainable energy policy in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), a feed-in tariff design in Malaysia, and development of national clean energy policy databases in India and Mexico.

“The Clean Energy Ministerial will play a crucial role following COP21 as a key forum to help countries implement effective clean energy policies and programs to achieve their climate and energy goals,” said Ernest Moniz, U.S. Energy Secretary. “The scaled-up Clean Energy Solutions Center and new Finance Solutions Center will help expand services to continue policy assistance and help leverage the private sector to mobilize financial support to drive policies that enable low-carbon economies and help combat climate change globally.”

The new Clean Energy Finance Solutions Center is designed to fill a critical knowledge gap in the clean energy finance space. Along with expert assistance, the Center provides an online guide to help policy makers identify the most suitable finance measures, learn about existing and emerging finance resources and offerings, and access training on best practices and lessons learned. These resources can help countries identify innovative finance mechanisms and initiatives and design and implement policies to reduce risk and encourage private sector investment.

The Clean Energy Solutions Center, an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial, provides no-cost policy assistance, training, and tools to help governments, advisors, and analysts create policies and programs that advance the deployment of clean energy technologies. The Solutions Center is sponsored by the Australian Department of Industry and Science, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), and the U.S. Department of Energy through support from the U.S. Department of State. For more information, visit www.cleanenergysolutions.org.

The expansion includes scaling up the highly successful Ask An Expert service and launching new services on clean energy finance, including the new Clean Energy Finance Solutions Center.