Full Title: Building Energy Access Markets: A Value Chain Analysis of Key Energy Market Systems
Author(s): Michael Franz, Charlie Miller, and Christopher Service
Publisher(s): Clean Energy Solution Center
Publication Date: July 1, 2015
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The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with the United Nations Foundation’s Energy Access Practitioner Network, EU Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF) and Practical Action hosted this webinar to showcase the Building Energy Access Markets framework. This publication, developed by Practical Action Consulting, offers policymakers and practitioners a method for designing and delivering interventions that can achieve scale and sustainability and also features applicable case studies. This webinar is part of the broader work that the UN Foundation is undertaking on energy access within the UN and the World Bank’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative.
Project managers and service providers are faced with a set of difficult questions when trying to scale energy access for poor or marginalised populations. Achieving this through market systems is even more challenging due to the multiple and interconnected variables that determine whether large numbers of households and businesses receive electricity on a sustainable basis, and the right entry points and enabling environment that make implementation—through both private and public sector delivery models—more cost-effective and successful.
Michael Franz, Project Manager, EUEI PDF, presented key features of the EUEI PDF publication—an analytical framework that allows development practitioners to assess energy market systems and develop effective interventions for particular countries. The publication aims to promote investment, growth and scaling of energy access by identifying the structure and key features of such a market. It also proposes interventions that development partners can undertake to promote energy access sustainably and at scale. Charlie Miller, Head of Policy and Program Funding, SolarAid, and Christopher Service, Business Developer, Foundation Rural Energy Services (FRES)—Practitioner Network member organisations featured in the report’s leading case studies—shared their experience and collective best practices regarding how market system approaches influence their work within the context of the energy access sector. Mr. Miller presented SolarAid’s work on pico-solar in Malawi, and Mr. Service presented FRES’s work on solar home systems and hybrid mini-grids in Mali.
The presentations were followed by an interactive Q & A session with the audience that provided an opportunity to discuss the framework and its on-the-ground applications in further detail.