Accelerating access to affordable, reliable, clean energy
Currently, 1.2 billion people lack access to affordable, clean electricity. But population and economic growth are outpacing electrification efforts. Unless there is a paradigm shift in how countries plan their electricity systems, it is likely that governments’ energy access goals will not be met.
WRI’s energy access experts engage with the public sector, investors and civil society, building capacity to support energy access investments that alleviate poverty and promote development.
WRI works to accelerate access to affordable, reliable, clean energy in four countries that represent almost a third of the global population currently without electricity: India, Indonesia, Tanzania and Kenya.
We address the public planning process by aligning data, finance and governance. To help the public sector attract investments at a scale that will close the energy access gap, our experts:
Equip planners (including utilities, rural electrification agencies, regulators and private sector actors) with the information and analysis they need to meet energy access goals;
Convene development partners and national financial institutions to align finance with new business models on distributed energy, based on our bottom-up financial analysis;
Empower clean energy enterprises and civil society organizations to use our maps and research to influence planning decisions and attract investments;