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Energy Transition: Unique Issues for Developing Economies - Lauren Culver, The World Bank

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With the COP27 in Egypt and the G20 in Indonesia just weeks away, we will discuss some of the unique challenges facing developing countries pursuing energy transition. While cost declines for solar and wind technologies over the past decade have made renewable energy competitive with fossil-fuel based power, investment in these technologies has not taken off in developing economies. We will explore what is preventing a rapid scale up in renewable energy and energy efficiency investments and what solutions are being discussed on the world stage to address this problem.


Lauren Culver is an energy specialist with the World Bank. From 2012-2014, she served as an advisor within the State Department's Bureau of Energy Resources advising U.S. policymakers on energy markets and technologies. Previously, Lauren was a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy, where she counseled the Undersecretary for Energy on innovation and manufacturing. Lauren earned a PhD in Management and Science and Engineering from Stanford University, an MS in Technology and Policy and an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT, and a BS in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida.

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