Globally, more than 1.3 billion people still lack access to the electricity they need to raise their standard of living. As countries work to increase energy access and eliminate poverty, it is critical that the social, environmental, and economic importance of the electricity sector are considered. Decisions about how to generate, deliver and pay for electricity have a profound effect on people’s lives. Who gets electricity and at what price? What role should the private sector play in expanding generation and delivery? What is the right mix of technologies to meet growing demand for electricity, from conventional fuels to wind, solar and other renewables? How should the need for affordable energy be balanced against responses to climate change? Transparent and inclusive decision making processes are key in ensuring that electricity policies are aligned with public interest. By strengthening electricity governance, countries can develop more equitable and sustainable electricity policies.
What is the Electricity Governance Initiative?
The Electricity Governance Initiative (EGI) is a global network of civil society organizations dedicated to promoting transparent, inclusive, and accountable decision-making in the electricity sector. EGI facilitates collaboration of civil society, policymakers, regulators, and other electricity sector actors to ensure that sector decisions reflect public interest.