Webinar: Crowdsourcing Measurement of Quality of Electricity Services in India
Webinar: Crowdsourcing Measurement of Quality of Electricity Services in India with Ryan Kennedy
September 18, 2019 | 10:00-11:00 am EDT
Measuring energy access in developing countries involves much more than simply recording whether or not households are connected to the grid. Both international organizations and scholars now recognize the importance of the reliability of electricity access for achieving positive development outcomes. Yet, measuring reliability is much more difficult than measuring the existence of connections. We propose a cheap croudsourced method for measuring reliability, and compare this method to energy monitor data for 122 households over 12 months. The results suggest that, while far from perfect, crowdsourcing provides a reasonably accurate method for monitoring reliability of access over time. We apply these findings to model energy reliability in a broader group of villages across Uttar Pradesh, India, demonstrating the existence of disparities between urban and rural reliability and seasonal fluctuations in reliability.
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About the Speaker:
Ryan Kennedy is an associate professor and Senator Don Henderson Chair of political science at the University of Houston. He is also the associate director for analytics for the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP) and director of the Machine-Assisted Human Decision-making (MAHD) Lab. His work has covered a range of issues dealing with the application of big data, crowdsourcing, and advanced analytics to areas of energy policy, democracy, political behavior, and public health. His work has been published in Science, the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, and Energy, among others.