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..
By S.P. Harish Kerosene use is ubiquitous in India, especially among rural households. According to the latest Census statistics, about 31% of Indian households use kerosene for lighting, and this increases to 43% among the rural popula..
By Johannes Urpelainen A new report by Rahul Tongia (Brookings India) and Samantha Gross (Brookings) on renewable energy in India highlights the challenges that lie ahead. Many of them are political in nature and complicate the simplis..
by Michaël Aklin Increasing access to electricity is key to improving the welfare of millions of households across the world. Fans and A/C provide much needed relief in periods of intense heat. Reading after sunset is decidedly easier and hea..
By Joel Jaeger Sub-Saharan Africa has arisen as a prime market for off-grid solar devices, but the number of sales varies wildly throughout the region. Kenya has been one of the biggest success stories with more than 320,000 solar home systems..
by David Hamburger Off-grid energy options such as photovoltaic systems (PV) offer potential solutions to Africa’s energy challenges. However, the batteries in these systems, and similar models used in cars and stationary power supplies, car..
by Meir Alkon Developing countries around the world maintain energy subsidies, often as an important part of putatively pro-poor social policy. These subsidies have numerous social costs including their fiscal burden and the promotion of energ..
By Michaël Aklin and Patrick Bayer Solar-powered microgrids offer an appealing answer to energy poverty in the rural developing world. They are clean, flexible, and can be installed in the most remote areas. But they are also new. Cash..
by Joseph Jammal The generally agreed upon approach to addressing groundwater consumption has been to work through communities to implement consensus driven conservation policies. The problem is that this approach has not proven effecti..
by Johannes Urpelainen We academics tend to spoil many a good energy access party with pesky questions about “impact”. While the advocacy world often welcomes new innovations and ideas with a warm embrace and enthusiasm, academics t..