The reegle clean energy info portal and the Clean Energy Solutions Center (CESC) have cross-linked many of their resources. reegle is included in CESC’s featured resources, and appears as a link on the front page of the website, currently as the second point in the “carousel” display. In turn, reegle now offers the “Ask an Expert” feature, which allows policy-makers to pose questions directly to experts in a wide variety of clean energy fields – and to get a personal answer.
The Clean Energy Solutions Center is a first-stop clearinghouse of clean energy resources for governments in making the low-carbon transition. The website, which is the product of a partnership between the Clean Energy Ministerial and UN-Energy, is operated by NREL, the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory. It offers access to policy best practices, data, and analysis tools, as well as free policy assistance - online training and expert assistance - to help countries tailor solutions to their needs.
“As two of the leading information portals for clean energy information, it really is a good move for reegle and the Clean Energy Solutions Center to link up,” notes Florian Bauer, Manager of reegle, “we bring a wide clean energy interested audience while they focus more on governments and other policy actors, so we complement each other’s efforts nicely.”
Data provided by reegle has recently also been integrated into the Solar Med Atlas of the Clean Energy Ministerial, which maps out solar and wind data for specific Mediterranean countries. The country search box can be found here. Similarly, the German international cooperation agency GIZ is financing a project called ci:grasp uses reegle data for its country energy profiles, for example this one on Brazil.
Beyond the CESC, CEM and GiZ, reegle is also collaborating closely with The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), which also supports decision-makers in designing and delivering climate compatible development. As part of a CDKN-funded project, reegle is currently developing an interface (API) for the website that will allow online documents to be categorised and indexed automatically, making use of semantic text extraction and reegle’s clean energy thesaurus. The first users of this new feature will be ELDIS http://www.eldis.org, an online community for development policy, practice and research, the Open Energy Info Portal http://en.openei.org and WeAdapt http://weadapt.org, an adaptation resource.