Energy Access with Renewables: How to speed-up connections
Day: 12th September, 2017Day: 12th September, 2017
Time: 17:00 – 18:30
Approximately 1.2 billion people or 16% of the global population lived without electricity in 2014. A total of 2.7 billion people or 38% of the global population are without clean cooking facilities. The vast majority of these live in sub-Saharan Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, and predominantly in rural areas.Dominant thinking has long equated the provision of energy access with increasing grid-based electrification, where the grid is extended beyond the (peri-)urban areas. However, one must not ignore other options. Renewable based off-grid and/or mini-grids provide viable alternatives, especially for people living in rural and remote areas. These renewable energy solutions can not only accelerate energy access but are usually more cost-effective and customised to local needs. Thus, they offer electrification prospects for people living in places where grid extension is technically or financially unviable.
Questions to be addressed by the session: What is your perspective on the contribution of off-grid systems (stand-alone and mini-grids) to achieving energy access for all? Can they be considered a panacea for governments with restricted budgets for grid extensions? Are there lessons to be learnt from markets that reached scale by increased private sector participation that could be translated into increasing uptake of less widespread RE technologies and systems? What are the most effective policies, regulations, and financing schemes to support the scaling of RE connections, also in terms of enabling a sustained roll out of services by private market players?
Session composition: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. Jaime Francisco Hernández, Director General, CFE -TBC
Moderator: Mr. Roberto Ridolfi, Director for sustainable growth and development, European Commission- TBCPanellists:
Mr. Leopoldo Rodríguez, President, AMDE
Other Panelists TBC