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Atlas of Utopias: 2019 Transformative Cities Featured Initiatives

The Atlas of Utopias is a global gallery of inspiring community-led transformation in water, energy, housing and food. It features 34 communities from 24 countries working on radical solutions to our world’s systemic economic, social and ecological crises.

Source: Transformative Cities

Nigeria: U.S.-Based Nigerians Seek Emergency Declaration in Power Sector

A former national chairman of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (NIEEE), Mr. Emmanuel Akinwole, has told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the previous privatisation contract for the power sector “was a bad business proposal that could not work. He said the slow success in the sector was due to the faulty privatisation procedure and had nothing to do with the appointment of Mr. Babatunde Fashola as the previous minister.” Akinwole says the contract should be reviewed.

Source: allAfrica.com

"Mexico should contemplate the partial privatization of Pemex"

With its debt growing, the president of Bursamétrica, Ernesto O'Farril, says Mexico should contemplate the partial privatization of Pemex, the Mexican energy company. His proposal “considers that the debt of Pemex, as well as the Federal Electricity Commission, would have to be separate on two fronts: unproductive assets and labor liabilities that are left to the government and, on the other hand, projects that may be more attractive for private investors.”

Source: La Jornada

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Renewable Energy

As part of policies to combat climate change, there is a global commitment to increase the proportion of electricity generated from renewable energy sources, including hydro‐electric, wind, solar and geothermal. This reduces the use of fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and gas, which produce CO2 emissions and so contribute to climate change. National and global policies for renewable energies reflect the result of public debates and democratic decisions. This briefing is based on a number of PSIRU reports on the energy sector, all of which are available on the PSIRU website

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Going Public: A Decarbonised, Affordable and Democratic Energy System for Europe

This PSIRU report, commissioned by EPSU, highlights the many failures of liberalisation – prices have increased for consumers by as much as double in the past 10 years, a quarter of jobs have been lost in the energy sector, and public monopolies have been replaced by powerful private cartels – and also offers alternatives for the future.

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Energy Transition: Are We ‘Winning’?

In this ninth TUED working paper, authors Sean Sweeney and John Treat document the recent claims of the optimistic, “green growth” narrative; examine the evidence frequently used to legitimize and sustain it; and then consider this evidence in context of the broader trends in the global energy system, drawing on a range of major recent data sources. What the paper’s analysis shows is that, unfortunately, the world is not “moving away from fossil fuels”; far from it. The recent “we are winning” optimism is misplaced, misleading, and disarming. It must therefore be rejected, and replaced with a more sober perspective that draws hope and confidence not from a selective and self-deceiving interpretation of the data, but from the rising global movement for climate justice and energy democracy, armed with clear programmatic goals and a firm commitment to achieve them.

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The Atlas of Utopias 2019

Welcome to the Atlas of Utopias - a unique collection of community-led transformations to ensure access to water, energy, food and housing. As we face climate breakdown, access to basic rights like water, food, energy and housing are becoming increasingly strained. Cities and collectives around the world are experimenting with new ways to practice democracy and secure access to basic rights. An initiative by Transformative Cities, the atlas features 33 stories of transformative change from 24 countries. About the Transformative Cities initiative: https://transformativecities.org/

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Adeniyi Peters Adeyemi, NASU, Nigeria

Listen to PSI Vice-President, Adeniyi Peters Adeyemi, from the Non-Academic Staff Union of Education and Associated Institutions, describe the challenges facing his union: the privatisation of Nigeria electricity services and the Ebola crisis.

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