New Energy Access Reports – October 2015

Africa 2030: Roadmap for a Renewable Energy Future, IRENA

Africa 2030 – part of IRENA’s global REmap analysis – provides a comprehensive roadmap for Africa’s energy transition. The report identifies options amounting to nearly 10 exajoules – the equivalent of more than 341 million tonnes of coal – for sustainable development through renewable energy. Roughly half of this would come through biomass-based heat applications, which will progressively displace unsustainable and unhealthy traditional biomass combustion.


Universal Energy Access: An Enterprise System Approach, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship believes that solving the problem of energy access starts with reframing the problem. When the problem is reframed, it becomes possible to envision and enact more viable solutions. Despite billions of development and charity dollars spent on energy access by government aid agencies, foundations, and corporations, we still lack a viable scenario for offering everyone the energy they need to survive and thrive. Instead of framing energy access as fragmented and complex, and viewing the 2.6 billion sufferers of energy poverty as potential aid recipients, we in the social enterprise sector see a total market of more than 500 million potential consumers for public and private energy supplies. Rather than approaching energy access as a daunting, monolithic effort, we can engage in market-based programs and activities proven to achieve tangible results.


Sub-Saharan Africa Power Trends: Power disruption in Africa, Deloitte

Sub-Saharan Africa’s (SSA’s) power sector is adapting and rapidly changing in line with global trends and local realities. While supply to date still continues to fall short of demand requirements, reducing the current power shortcomings will be crucial in supporting the next chapter of Africa’s growth model. This makes the market attractive for new entrants. Solutions that are emerging in other parts of the world will be replicated into the African power sector. A number of global utilities have seen the continent as a growth market for their businesses, bringing into the market proven technologies that need localization. As an advisor to these utilities, Deloitte has observed the inquiries by the number of global utilities increase substantively in the last 24 months upon entering the market.


Rural Energy Access in India: A Comprehensive Report, Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW)

This study surveyed 8,568 households across six large states of north India for access to electricity and modern cooking fuels, subjective perceptions of the situation, and policy preferences. The study was funded by the Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation and the fieldwork done by Morsel India. The study offers a comprehensive analysis of the rural energy access situation across the states.


10 Questions to Ask About Distributed Generation, WRI

The 10 Questions to Ask about Distributed Generation provides a framework for stakeholder engagement around the common questions and challenges that arise in the context of planning for and implementing DG options to address the electricity access gap. The 10 questions addressed in this framework shed light on the key considerations necessary for the long-term sustainability of DG projects.