By Johannes Urpelainen Despite its mineral wealth, Jharkhand is one of India’s poorest states. The 40 million Indians living in Jharkhand have few economic opportunities besides agriculture and mining. One important reason for the sta..
By Branden Oliver Although the international community signaled its intention to end energy poverty through various United Nations’ efforts – including Sustainable Development Goal 7: universal access to modern energy while al..
by Chris Merriman In 2016, the Nigerian government spent over $1.5 billion subsidizing kerosene, which two-thirds of the population use for both lighting and cooking. However, rich Nigerians benefit from subsidies just as much as the po..
“We deliver power whenever the sun is shining”. Findings from a reliability study on solar micro-grids in northern rural India
By Sini Numminen Electricity offered by micro-grids and other off-grid systems is generally considered a reliable alternative to erratic centralized grid power services in many rural and urban areas of the developing world. The recent r..
By Ryan Kennedy Countries around the world are in the midst of a global push to provide all citizens with access to modern electricity. A major question concerning this expansion is what role, if any, off-grid solar (solar home systems..
By Johannes Urpelainen China and India are the two most important countries for the planet’s future. China is responsible for almost 30% of global carbon dioxide emissions. India’s smaller share, 6%, masks a rapidly growing populat..
By Johannes Urpelainen India’s energy access landscape is changing rapidly, with progress both in improving the quality of rural electricity service and the use of modern cooking fuels. Rural electricity service has improved and use o..
By Federica Genovese and Endre Tvinnereim The recent UN SR15 report is a plea for a fast implementation of effective regulatory action on climate change. In most countries this will require the buy-in of businesses. Clearly businesses ..
By Sung Eun Kim Air pollution is a serious threat to public health and the environment of developing countries. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 7 million people died prematurely in 2012 – one in eight of total..
By Johannes Urpelainen Universal electricity access is within reach, but the next challenge for policymakers is much more daunting. For people and firms to realize gains from rural electrification, the quality of electric power must imp..