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It’s not every day one sees a fully-functional smart city, given crumbling urban infrastructure in many countries, so a visit to a metropolitan area that runs well and serves its residents efficiently is a delightful sight for sore eyes.
The Finnish capital of Helsinki is such a model, notably its Smart Kalasatama district – an experimental innovation platform to co-create smart infrastructure and services.
Construction in the district is ongoing and encourages the piloting of very dynamic endeavors.
It will be fully developed by 2030 to house 20,000 people and provide 8,000 jobs but already has 3,000 pioneering residents living in it.
Its growth comes about through the cooperation of city officials, companies, citizens and other stakeholders. The city owns all the lands and leases them to investors with an eye to private investment and a push to get private partners to provide new services.
Smart Kalasatama is by the sea and used to be a commercial harbor area.
The vision for this urban district is to help free residents of one more hour a day from their everyday chores through co-creation, agile piloting, local smart services, and resource efficiency.
It’s the Internet of Things (IoT) at its best.
The smart district is being developed through experimenting, information and communications technologies (ICTs) and the use of data.
Apps are developed through co-creation.
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The World Bank expects Latin America’s power consumption to more than double between 2010 and 2030, and estimates that $430 billion of investment will be needed to meet that demand. An even more intimidating perspective comes from a recent World Energy Council report, which concludes that between now and 2050, “even in the best case, the growth of energy supply in [Latin America] will still be insufficient to meet the rising energy demand associated with economic growth.”
Latin America’s power consumption is expected to nearly double by 2030. Source: “Meeting the Balance of Electricity Supply and Demand in Latin America and the Caribbean” (Figure ES2, World Bank, 2011)
What’s causing these challenges for the region’s energy sector and the electricity industry in particular? Demographic, technical, and environmental factors are all compounding in ways not seen before.
To tee up our May 21st webinar conversation about energy efficiency potential in Latin America (which you can sign up for here), consider these three big challenges for Latin America’s electricity sector, and three big strategies for a successful future.
3 Big Challenges
1) A Rising Middle Class
The second decade of the 21st century signaled an historic shift in Latin American demographics: for the first time ever, more Latin Americans are living in the middle class than in poverty. And more are poised to join the ranks.
In Brazil, 37% of households will soon be middle-class or higher — up from 24% in the year 2000. This portends tens of millions new consumers moving into the middle class in Brazil alone between 2013 and 2爱上海同城交友论坛