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Dan Kammen commented on Renewable Energy for peace

Hi Ashley,
Thanks for your questions. On #1: we are still working through some of the nuts and bolts of the PREC, but the basic idea is to adapt successful existing financing mechanisms like "Renewable energy credits" (in the US), and apply them to conflict/crisis settings like South Sudan, to help encourage a greater use of renewable energy (initially in the humanitarian sector). There will be several aspects to this: It will require giving a value to renewable energy generated from projects in this context (in the US, RECs are traded based on 1 MwH renewable energy generated); it will require creating a market for these newly generated "credits" - we see the market initially being anchored in existing humanitarian donors already working in and on South Sudan (and funding diesel expenditures as a recurring high cost of energy); and with these, it will enable new projects to be built.
On #2 - we are in the process of convening a series of brainstormings and workshops on the PREC, to help us further develop the idea in consultation with folks with different kinds of expertise (renewable energy, credit markets, humanitarian programming, and peace and conflict resolution programming). These meetings will help us move towards implementation and operationalization of the PREC, with an initial focus on South Sudan's humanitarian sector, but with the potential to scale to many other countries and contexts. We have some publications and field projects that are in the works that will help to support the broader arguments around a transition to renewable energy in South Sudan, and how the PREC could be developed to help facilitate this transition.

I hope this helps answer your questions. Thanks!