Recent Updates from the Energy Access Project

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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.

July 1, 2019

Profits and Productivity

This brief provides a snapshot of the relevant demand-stimulating lessons learned in the off-grid space as well as those that have been pursued by governments and utilities in the past.

June 3, 2019

Welcome Rajah Saparapa!

Energy Access Project is excited to welcome its newest member Rajah Saparapa as a Policy Associate!

April 9, 2019

PUBPOL 890.2 Environmental & Dev Economics

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April 8, 2019

Research Agenda on Electrification Access and Productive Use

After a joint convening between Duke’s Energy Access Project and Oxfam, researchers and practitioners have compiled the most pressing and understudied questions that address the complex relationship between electricity access, productive end uses of electricity, and local economic development.

April 4, 2019

Podcast: A Small Green Idea to Power Rural Nepal

As Subhrendu Pattanayak and a group of researchers from Duke University navigate narrow catwalks high into the Annapurna mountain range in the Himalayas, they begin to understand first-hand the difficulties of establishing any set infrastructure in such difficult terrain.

March 20, 2019

Three takeaways about Puerto Rico’s renewable energy revolution

How can Puerto Ricans increase grid reliability on their island? That’s the question our team of five students has been tackling this year for our master’s project at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, with guidance from faculty mentors Betsy Albright and Lori Bennear.

February 14, 2019

Import Tariffs – New Publication!

Researchers from Duke Energy Access Project have analyzed the price sensitivity of bottom of the pyramid consumers in East Africa, establishing the negative impacts of high solar import tariffs for solar dissemination.

January 31, 2019

Can Household Biogas Deliver Sustainable Development?

Robyn Meeks and collaborators offer new evidence on household biogas systems which suggests that biogas use reduces collect firewood and time spent collecting fuel, reducing pressure on forest stocks and shifting household time allocation towards higher value activities.

January 29, 2019