Director, Energy Access Project
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Phillips is the Director of the Energy Access Project at Duke University, with an appointment at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. His work focuses on policy, regulatory, and economic issues related to rural electrification, grid de-carbonization, off-grid energy systems, and energy for productivity.
Phillips was the senior advisor to the president and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation during the Obama Administration, helping scale-up the agency’s climate finance capabilities and lead the implementation of strategic initiatives, including the agency’s $2.1 billion Power Africa portfolio.
Before that, Phillips led private sector engagement and programming with Power Africa at USAID, helping ramp-up the $300 million presidential initiative into one of the largest public-private development partnerships in the world.
From 2007-2014, he held a variety of roles in the U.S. Congress, most recently serving as the senior policy advisor to Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts. He supported many notable legislative efforts, including serving as one of the lead authors of the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill that passed the House in 2009. He also served on the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming as well as the House Natural Resources Committee.
Phillips was a business and economic development volunteer with the Peace Corps in Mongolia. He received a bachelor’s degree from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Recent work by Phillips includes:
- Publication: Lessons for Modernizing Energy Access Finance, Part 1: What the Electrification Experiences of Seven Countries Tell Us about the Future of Connection Costs, Subsidies, and Integrated Planning
- Article: An off-grid energy future requires learning from the past
- Publication: The Energy Access Dividend in Honduras and Haiti
- Article: New Data and Technologies are Transforming Energy Access – Public Policy Must Catch Up
- Publication: Profits and Productivity: Stimulating Electricity Demand in Low-Income Settings
- Publication: Research Agenda on Electricity Access and Productive Use
- Publication: The True Cost of Solar Tariffs in East Africa
- Publication: Harnessing the Power of Data: Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative Conference
- Publication: Can a Modernized U.S. Development Finance Institution Help Close the Energy Financing Gap?
- Essay: Seven Takeaways from the Energy Access Launch
- Op-ed: Opinion: Solar tariffs to affect world’s poorest
EAP’s team members Jonathan Phillips, Rob Fetter and Rajah Saparapa presented their research on the True Cost of Solar Tariffs in East Africa to the Community of Champions. The webinar was organized by GOGLA on the Socioeconomic Benefits of Off-Grid Solar: Focus on Productive Uses.
You can access the webinar slides and recordings below
The 4th Annual Meeting of the Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative took place on May 15-17, 2019 in Santiago, Chile.
Clarifying trade-offs between tariffs and distributed solar sales
The business and policy landscape for energy access in Zambia
Building the intelligence behind Power for All’s PEAK tool
Reforming institutions critical to scaling energy access solutions