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About the Energy Access Project

Developing solutions to energy policy and market challenges in emerging economies

The production and use of energy have far-reaching implications for human health, economic opportunity, and the livability of the planet.

With nearly a third of humanity lacking reliable electricity and even more without clean fuels and technologies for cooking, energy access represents one of the greatest challenges of our time.

The Energy Access Project at Duke University takes an interdisciplinary approach to developing sustainable, modern energy solutions around the world. Established in 2017, the project advances foundational research and fosters constructive dialogue among the world’s policy makers, entrepreneurs, and scholars to support evidence-based decision making related to energy poverty. It engages students, locally and globally, while supporting the development of new, disruptive tools and models that break down barriers to improved energy access.

The Energy Access Project mobilizes students from Duke and around the world by supporting student research opportunities and conferences, summer internships, business case competitions, academic courses, speaking engagements with leading practitioners, and other energy access-related events on and off-campus.

EAP Affiliates

Energy Access Project @Duke Affiliates

The Energy Access Project (EAP) @Duke Affiliates is a collaborator and thought leadership network, providing a platform for the important work of partners and supporting bridge-building across research, business, government, and non-profits working on energy poverty. We aim to raise up voices, share strategies and tools, build the evidence base, and coordinate efforts related to energy access in order to improve equity and gender outcomes, grow economies, strengthen community health and resilience, and ensure sustainability.

Establishing the Energy Access Project

Sustainable Development Goal 7  has focused the world’s attention on ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all by 2030. Eliminating energy poverty will require accelerated deployment of technology, a paradigm shift in capital deployment, and bold regulatory models that embrace energy system transformation. The Energy Access Project is working to provide policy makers, project developers, investors, civil society and impacted communities with the tools and analysis to help drive this transformation.

Village Refrigerators in Uganda credit Andrew Seelaus
Photo credit: Energy Access Project
Photo credit: Energy Access Project

Seven Takeaways from the Energy Access Project Launch

Some of the leading lights from the energy access community convened in Washington, D.C., February 23 2018 for the launch of Duke University’s Energy Access Project. As the new project assembles its agenda, leaders from business, government, and civil society weighed in on the market and policy challenges facing the billions of people lacking access to modern energy. Here’s some of what we heard.

Learn about Energy Access Project Research

The Energy Access Project is working to provide policy makers, project developers, investors, civil society and impacted communities with the tools and analysis to help drive this transformation.

Global Assessment of Electricity in Healthcare Facilities

Global Assessment of Electricity in Healthcare Facilities

Taking stock of available global data on health facility electrificationUnited Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3, “Good Health and Well-being”, calls for the global community to come together to “ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.”...

Lessons for Modernizing Energy Access Finance

Lessons for Modernizing Energy Access Finance

A modern energy system requires modern energy finance. This on-going series explores the ways in which we can learn from how energy access has been financed in the past to build a better, more equitable future.Part One: Public Financing for Rural ElectrificationWhat...

Utilities 2.0

Utilities 2.0

Commercial Approaches for Integrating Utilities and Off-grid Models  The power sector debate in many low- and middle- income countries has focused on grid expansion versus off-grid options. However, integration of on- and off-grid approaches to...

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