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

Brookings Blog: Can microgrids enable macro development?

Brookings Blog: Can microgrids enable macro development?

Developers, donors, and customers are increasingly interested in the potential for microgrids to provide power to hundreds of millions of people who lack it. The Energy Access Project and partners test business model interventions to unlock that potential.

Improving Electricity Access Through Microgrids in Africa

Analyzing economic sustainability of microgrids

Student Blog: Alicia Oberholzer at Solar Sister

Student Blog: Alicia Oberholzer at Solar Sister

Alicia Oberholzer is one of the 4 students that received funding from the Energy Access Project this year for her summer internship. She is sharing her experience as a communication intern at Solar Sister through this blog post.


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.