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Why Should Climate Philanthropy Care About Energy Access?

July 2, 2015 by Justin Guay

Energy Access Efforts

Investing in clean energy access provides a disruptive opportunity to revolutionize electricity systems and get on the right side of the politics of development -- philanthropy just hasn't realized it yet. To be fair, philanthropy needs to step up it's game on climate across the board.[read more]

Will Silicon Valley Take On Clean Energy Access?

May 29, 2015 by Justin Guay

Clean Energy Access

With interest from Elon Musk to a16z's Steven Sinofsky, momentum in Silicon Valley may be heading in an unlikely direction -- towards addressing energy poverty. Energy poverty, which affects 1.2 billion people around the world who lack access to electricity, is the greatest challenge of our time.[read more]

Pacto Eléctrico Seeks to Bring Reliable Power to Dominican Republic but Questions Remain

April 16, 2015 by Anthony Venezia

In the Dominican Republic during the day you might not even realize the power is out until you hear diesel generators around the neighborhood start to kick in. When it goes out at night you sweat, the only respite from the thick Caribbean heat often being nothing more than a small electric fan.[read more]

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Negotiating Access: A Case Study of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Cookstove Diffusion in India

April 15, 2015 by Yiting Wang

Studying Energy Use in India

The challenge to providing cleaner cookstoves, such as LPG stoves, in the developing world is not limited to the cost of the technology. In the case of LPG services in rural India, these costs come from existing socioeconomic inequalities within the rural areas, as well as between rural and urban areas.[read more]

Can PRI Finance Unlock Clean Energy Access?

April 15, 2015 by Justin Guay

Clean Energy Access and Financing

Access to finance is the largest barrier to ending energy poverty for millions around the world - and foundation capital may be critical to overcoming it. So, with little fanfare Swiss fund manager Responsability unveiled a milestone for clean energy access markets - the first dedicated debt fund totaling $30 million.[read more]

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Key Challenges to Energy Access in the Developing World [VIDEO]

April 1, 2015 by Patricia Levi
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Developing World Energy Access

Two videos that were compiled from a discussion panel on the subject of energy for human development illustrate many of the key themes and challenges that are involved in providing better and more reliable energy access to developing countries.[read more]

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Solar Pumps: India's Potential to Link Electricity Access and Irrigation Needs?

February 26, 2015 by Varun Mehra

India Energy Access and Irrigation

Over 300 million people in India lack access to electricity. Increasing energy access has become an economic opportunity, with companies providing off-grid (i.e., solar lanterns or solar home systems) or microgrid solutions (localized, small-scale generation typically serving residential loads).[read more]

Can Ending Energy Poverty Abroad Create Jobs at Home?

February 17, 2015 by Justin Guay
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Energy Poverty Progress and Job Creation

An innovative American company called All Power Labs has a creative and interesting approach to tackling the challenge of energy poverty, one that has turned existing ideas about development aid and manufacturing jobs on their head.[read more]

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Energy Access in Space: The Final Frontier in an Electrification Debate

February 11, 2015 by Zak Accuardi
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Electricity Access and the Future

When it comes to bringing electricity to all, opinions differ on the ideal solution. Energy specialists think about density. Economists think about cost. Planners think about space. And the energy world needs more planners because space seems to have been lost in the electricity access conversation.[read more]

Energy Access: The First Fridge in Town

February 9, 2015 by David Hone
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Energy Access and Technology

Santosh Chowdhury, a gentleman who lives in the village of Rameshwarpur in India, had just bought a fridge, which may seem uninteresting, but it was the first fridge in his village. The thing about refrigeration that is different than almost any other domestic energy consuming device: it requires reliable 24/7 electricity.[read more]

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Off-Grid Energy in India: Identifying Early Adopter Markets

January 21, 2015 by Yael Borofsky

Off-Grid Energy Adopton in India

The potential market for off-grid electricity in India is large, with more than 300 million people living without access to electricity. With such an expansive market, how do enterprises decide where and how to focus? We advocate that entrepreneurs use an analytical approach to choosing the area of operation.[read more]

Political Accountability in Uttar Pradesh: Why Is the Government Not Enabling Basic Electricity Access?

January 20, 2015 by Johannes Urpelainen

Electricity Access and Government Development

Uttar Pradesh has in recent years made progress in rural electrification, but the reality is that village electrification does not say much about electricity access in the households. There is a real need for innovations by social scientists to strengthen the accountability of politicians to the local population.[read more]

Are Private Markets Effective for Rural Electrification?

January 13, 2015 by Becky Mawhood
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Almost 600 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to electricity. According to the IEA universal energy access could be achieved across the region by 2030, but rural electrification would require investment of around $20 billion per year.[read more]

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On Educating an Interdisciplinary Generation of Energy Access Experts

January 8, 2015 by Lily Mwalenga
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Energy Access Education

Achieving universal energy access will require the application of diverse expertise in a relatively coordinated way. This diversity presents a unique opportunity and challenge for educators, who will need to engage students from different backgrounds under a unifying framework.[read more]

Off-Grid Solar Power for Rural India: What Say the Customers?

January 7, 2015 by Johannes Urpelainen
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In the past five years, off-grid solar power as a strategy of rural electrification has become a popular idea — and for a good reason. And while off-grid solar power is far from replacing grid extension as the main mode of rural electrification, it can no longer be dismissed as a trivial strategy.[read more]