Policy Associate

Victoria Plutshack

  • Victoria Plutshack
    Victoria Plutshack
    Policy Associate

Policy Associate, Energy Access Project

Contact: 919-613-3647, victoria.plutshack@duke.edu

Twitter: @vplutshack

Victoria Plutshack is a Policy Associate at the Duke University Energy Access Project at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.

Victoria is a qualitative social scientist, whose prior research includes analysis of off-grid solar business models in India and interviews to explore the political economy of energy transitions. At Duke her work focuses on technology policy questions around the scale up of mini-grid solutions, public financing in the off-grid space, and how gender plays a role in technology change. She also works to bridge the gap between practitioner experience and researcher knowledge in the energy access space.

Her recent work includes the use of contemporary and historical case studies and recent student projects on the role of gender in appliance interventions. She is currently leading a project on the Political Economy of Gender Mainstreaming in Energy Access.

Victoria holds a Ph.D. in Land Economy and a M.Phil. in Technology Policy from the University of Cambridge. She holds a B.A. in History from the University of Chicago.

My Work

Listen now! Balancing Competition & Subsidy: Mini-Grid Incentives Programs in Africa Webinar

Listen now! Balancing Competition & Subsidy: Mini-Grid Incentives Programs in Africa Webinar

What can we learn from countries trying to scale mini-grid deployment? In this webinar, hear early lessons from Africa in the latest report from the Energy Access Project at Duke, “Balancing Competition and Subsidy: Mini-grid Incentive Programs in Africa.” EAP’s Jonathan Phillips and Victoria Plutshack led the discussion with a host of experts in the field.

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...

What COVID-19 has cost the climate

What COVID-19 has cost the climate

Climate talks like the annual Conference of the Parties (COP) have led to many climate successes; informal conversations between international stakeholders at COP can become leverage for policy change at home, as seen in the case of Chile’s ambitious voluntary coal retirement scheme.

Come join the Electric Circus!

Come join the Electric Circus!

In 1935, only 10% of farms in the U.S. were electrified. This was seen as a huge problem – the productivity and quality of life that electricity could bring was bypassing the American farmer. In order to bring light to the countryside, the Rural Electrification...

Powering Empowerment

Powering Empowerment

Experts from over 10 time zones and 35 countries came together May 12-13th for our first ever virtual workshop – Energy Access through a Gender Lens!

An off-grid energy future requires learning from the past

An off-grid energy future requires learning from the past

The more things change, the more they stay the same. EAP’s latest in the Brookings Future Development blog explores the electrification experiences of seven countries, their program costs and the subsidies required to bridge the gap between the cost of providing last-mile electricity and what poorer customers are able to pay.

New Publication: Lessons for Modernizing Energy Access Finance, Part 1

New Publication: Lessons for Modernizing Energy Access Finance, Part 1

Countries facing electricity access challenges today have more options and potential electrification pathways than ever before, but the initial cost of connecting new rural customers remains an expensive proposition. This brief explores the successful rural electrification experiences of seven case countries—Brazil, Chile, Laos, Peru, South Africa, Thailand, and Tunisia—looking specifically at the cost of connections and how subsidies and public financing were deployed to address the affordability challenge and facilitate energy access.

Funding