Energy Access with Renewables: Emerging technology trends and off-grid business models
Day: 12th September, 2017
Time: 15:00 – 16:30
In 2014 approximately 1.2 billion people or 16% of the global population did not have access to electricity; approximately 15 million people fewer than in 2013. A total of 2.7 billion people or 38% of the global population are still without clean cooking facilities. The vast majority of people that lack basic energy services live in sub-Saharan Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, and most of them in rural areas.
People in rural and remote regions generally acquire improved access to energy in three ways: 1) through household-level use of off-grid devices and systems to generate power and heat for space and water heating, cooking and productive uses; 2) through community-level or renewable energy-based mini- or micro-grid systems; and 3) through grid-based electrification, where the grid is extended beyond urban and peri-urban areas.
Questions to be addressed by the session:
How do you judge the impact of new business models on energy access? Are they the key to reducing energy poverty?
Even within DESCOs and PAYG models there is a considerable range of innovative features. How do the different models further distinguish themselves from one and other? Are there specific features that have performed particularly well and should be recommended for further roll-out?
Of the various microfinance and credit schemes that are available globally, which models have worked best? What are their key characteristics? How sustainable have microfinance schemes been overall?
Will the level of service people receive from continuously improving off-grid technologies be able to meet increasing energy demand?
The keynote speaker gives a 15 min overview of the thematic context of this session. In the remaining time, the panelist’s respond to the questions posed by the moderator as well as discussion points from the audience.
Keynote: Mr. Ernesto Macias, President, Alliance for Rural Electrification
Moderator: Mr. Vladimir Sosa, Coordinador del Programa de Ahorro de Energía del Sector Eléctrico, CFE
- Mr. Ariel Yepez, Chief of the Energy Sector, IADB
- Mr. Raúl Carral, Business Development for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, Wärtsilä
Other Panelists TBC