Energy Access, Climate Solutions, Resilience
- Allison Archambault
Energy Access, Climate Solutions, and Resilience with Allison Archambault
February 8, 2019 | 12:30 – 2:00 PM EST
Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW 20036
Clean energy microgrids that solve energy poverty in remote regions can chart the course for grid decarbonization. Ironically, important grid innovation may come from these remote villages that have not yet seen electricity. Where there is no incumbent infrastructure, there is an opportunity to build energy systems with today’s best technologies and business models.
Come hear how business, policy, philanthropy, and investment are coming together to promote sustainable energy access in the world’s unelectrified regions, and join the discussion about how these solutions can inform how we – wherever we are – interact with our own energy sources.
About the Speaker:
Allison Archambault is president of EarthSpark International, a non-profit organization incubating businesses that solve energy poverty. EarthSpark has built two town-sized, solar-powered smart grids in rural Haiti and has spun off a smart meter company, SparkMeter, which is now enabling grid operators in more than 20 countries to expand energy access to low-income customers. EarthSpark’s ‘Feminist Electrification’ approach to microgrid development won a United Nations Momentum for Change award in 2018, hailed as a ‘practical example of what real climate action looks like.’
Allison has consulted to clean energy companies, governments, and advocacy groups. She previously worked with 3TIER on large-scale renewable energy siting and integration and with GridPoint, an early clean tech company combining distributed energy storage, solar PV, and energy management. She holds a B.A. (hons) from Tufts University and a Master of International Public Policy degree from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.