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The Current Summer 2016

Welcome to The Current, Summer 2016 Edition

Remembering Molly Macauley

Molly Macauley was an economist, vice president, and a senior fellow at Resources for the Future (RFF). Molly’s research interests included space economics and policy, the economics of new technologies, recycling and solid waste management, climate policy, and the use of economic incentives in environmental regulation. In 2010, Molly graciously participated in one of WCEE’s Women in Leadership events focused on thought leadership. Molly was tragically killed on July 8, 2016. She was a leading scholar of our times and a wonderful colleague. She will be missed tremendously. RFF has created a webpage for friends and colleagues to share their memories and tributes to Molly.

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A Conversation with Richenda Van Leeuwen

By Alexandra Campbell-Ferrari

Richenda Van Leeuwen is a leading energy access advocate helping to bring energy to some of the most rural and underserved parts of the world. She serves as an ambassador in the U.S. Department of Energy-led Clean Energy, Education and Empowerment (C3E) Initiative, launched at the first global Clean Energy Ministerial in 2010 to advance women’s participation in the clean energy revolution. She is also the former executive director of the Energy and Climate, Energy Access Initiative team at the UN Foundation.

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The Case for Energy Access Micro-grid Infrastructure

By Allison Archambault

Globally, the electricity sector is changing. Two megatrends underlie the necessity of the transition: climate change and energy access. Worldwide 1.2 billion people lack access to electricity and instead spend large amounts of money on low quality energy services such as kerosene, candles and charcoal. Each year, four million people die due to indoor air pollution from these inefficient sources of energy and countless more remain locked in poverty.

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Taking the Climate Change Challenge and Creating Economic Opportunities for Women Globally

By Toyah Barigye

The climate change issue is a global challenge that goes beyond gender. Despite the fact that this is the case, women are frequently dismissed in leadership roles and their opinions are disregarded in environmental decision-making processes. In most developing countries, women are responsible for crop planting and harvesting, and collecting water, firewood and other energy supplies. These activities are greatly affected by climate change which puts women at the forefront of the global challenge. As homemakers, women have acquired distinct knowledge and skills about the local climate conditions and natural resources to maintain the well-being of themselves and their families.

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Exciting Year for Carbon Capture Technology

By Fatima Maria Ahmad

This year we will witness a number of milestones in technology to capture, use and store carbon dioxide from industrial sources and power plants – technology we need to reach our goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We will need continued policy and financing support, however, to accelerate deployment worldwide. Innovative research in finding uses for captured carbon will also be essential.

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An Interview with Ines Temimi, Collectun D3E Recyclage, a Woman-Owned Recycling Business in Tunisia

By Nadia Merdassi

In countries where regulations and programs on e-waste are less robust, small businesses provide much-needed private sector leadership. One such small business is Collectun in Tunisia, which was selected to collect and recycle the electronic waste of the African Development Bank. I got to know Collectun founder and owner Ines Temimi when I was responsible for the Green Bank project, an initiative aiming at reducing the institutional carbon footprint of the African Development Bank. Collectun didn’t merely solve our burning environmental issue; they also solved other problems such as the warehouse’s storage capacity.

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Spotlight: The Center for Water Security and Cooperation

The Current seeks to shine a light on the diverse work of our members through our Spotlight column. For our first installment, we caught up with Alexandra Campbell-Ferrari and Luke Wilson, the co-founders of The Center for Water Security and Cooperation, a non-profit that uses law to enhance water security around the globe. We asked them about their motivation for starting the organization and their view on some of the immediate issues surrounding water. Alexandra's comments are marked 'ACF' and Luke's are marked 'LW.'

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WCEE is grateful to the following 2016 sponsors:

Angel Sponsors

Booz Allen Hamilton
PG&E Corporation

Sustaining Sponsors

Berkeley Research Group LLC
Bracewell LLP
ClearView Energy Partners LLC
Customized Energy Solutions
Edison Electric Institute
Electric Power Supply Association
Hogan Lovells LLP
Holland & Knight LLP
ITC Holdings
K & L Gates LLP
Stinson Leonard Street LLP
Van Ness Feldman LLP
Winston & Strawn LLP

Women in Leadership

Beveridge & Diamond PC
ClearView Energy Partners LLC
Healy Law Offices
Husch Blackwell LLP
McCarter & English LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
Squire Patton Boggs LLP
Wright & Talisman PC

The Current Team

Marketing and Communication Section Chair:
Pat Courtney Strong

Executive Editor:
Pat Courtney Strong

Managing Editors:
Alexandra Campbell Ferrari, Cathryn Courtin and Teresa Wilson

Marketing and Communication Section Members:
Fatima Maria Ahmad, Alexandra Campbell Ferrari, Anne Lagomarcino, Cathryn Courtin, Doreen Wong, Jayne Brady, Jessica Edington, Jody Foster, Katie Key, Kyra McLardie, Mary Fay, Meghan Gross, Molly Bauch, Nadia Merdassi, Pat Courtney Strong, Patricia McMurray, Tenley Dalstrom, Teresa Wilson, Tori Thompson

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