Reliable, affordable, modern energy powers sustainable development, helping countries reduce poverty, catalyze economic growth and improve human well-being. Yet progress in universalizing access to electricity remains uneven, with gaps in accessible and accurate ground-level data hampering comprehensive energy planning in many developing countries.
A new interactive, open-source data platform, Energy Access Explorer (EAE) visualizes the state of energy access across unserved and underserved regions. It maps and analyzes credible, publicly available energy supply and demand data to help accelerate efforts to extend affordable, reliable power to all. Off-grid and mini-grid developers, for example, can use the tool to identify gaps in market opportunities, while development finance institutions can pinpoint regions that need additional funding to electrify energy-poor communities. With EAE, energy planners can also visualize regions where greater energy access could drive sustainable development and target new areas for grid and/or off-grid expansion.