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UN report urges partnerships to achieve affordable clean energy for poor

06-03-2011 10:03 BJT

UNITED NATIONS, June 2 (Xinhua) -- With nearly 2.5 billion people globally not having access to reliable electricity supplies, partnerships between governments and the private sector can bring affordable clean energy for the poor, the United Nations stressed in a report on Thursday.

The report, titled "Strengthening Public-Private Partnerships to Accelerate Global Electricity Technology Deployment," by UN- Energy, an umbrella body of UN agencies working on sustainable development and their business partners, in combination with electricity companies and other partners, was launched at the UN General Assembly's one-day thematic debate on the green economy here.

The report outlined conditions necessary for successful public- private partnerships (PPP) on electricity.

It said choosing electricity-generating technology that fit local conditions is critical to achieve such projects, in addition to the success of national energy-development goals and plans which have long-term policies in legislation, and assured cost recovery and profit potential for investors in low-carbon technologies.

It stressed the importance of ways to increase the private sector's ability to provide capital by financing alternatives for electricity projects and to design, construct, operate and maintain them.

Strong relationships between the public and private sectors and other stakeholders as well are critical, said the report.

Power purchase agreements should be in place so that the private sector has a better ability for long-term investments, it said.

The report also spotlighted several electricity projects developed through PPP in Argentina which will provide power to small rural communities.

For example, an 86-kilowatt hydroelectric station in Argentina' s Patagonia region will give power to the tiny rural community of Cochico.

Those results stemmed from the partnership of Patagonia's provincial government and members of the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership, a non-profit organization founded by some of the world's largest utilities to promote sustainable energy development in developing and emerging nations.

Originally known as the e8, the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership was created in the wake of the 1992 Rio Summit as a non-profit international organization. In cooperation with UN agencies, key international organizations and local partners, it contributes to enhancing access to energy for around 2 billion people around the world without access to electricity.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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