Developing solutions to energy policy and market challenges in emerging economies

Energy Access Project

Globally, 1.1 billion people lack basic electricity, and billions more lack access to the reliable, affordable, and sustainable energy systems that form the backbone of job creation, growth, and improved social well-being.

The Energy Access Project focuses on building platforms and networks that can deliver knowledge to help inform key decision-making. It brings world-class researchers to bear on the highest priority questions of the day and works to provide policy-makers, project developers, investors, civil society, and impacted communities with tools and analysis to help drive energy system development and transformation.

Recent Updates

5 Takeaways from 4th Annual SETI Conference

5 Takeaways from 4th Annual SETI Conference

Energy researchers from across the world converged on Santiago, Chile on May 15-17, 2019, for the 4th Annual Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative Conference. Sponsored in part by the Energy Access Project at Duke University, the event represents an important opportunity for showcasing new and largely unpublished cutting-edge research covering a range of energy topics. The gathering infuses practitioner and policy-making communities to highlight the most pressing energy issues facing countries all over the world. Here are the five major lessons we’re taking away from the event.

Data for Development: Using Data Analytics to Accelerate Energy Access

The Energy Access Project at Duke University (EAP) and RTI International cordially invite you attend the convening Data for Development: Using Data Analytics to Accelerate Global Energy Access in Washington, DC on December 6, 2019.


The Energy Access Project is examining key linkages between energy access and critical environmental and health challenges. 

Meet the Energy Access Project Team

Meet our team of researchers and policy experts.

Photo credit: Energy Access Project

Photo Credit: Energy Access Project

Student Opportunities

Learn how the Project is supporting students from Duke and around the world to engage energy access challenges firsthand.