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Solutions Center Report Helps Policymakers Attract Investment in Energy Access

“Policies to Spur Energy Access” Spotlights Public–Private Models for Providing Electricity Access

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Solutions Center Report Helps Policymakers Attract Investment in Energy Access

Policies to Spur Energy Access reveals policy options for developing countries to engage the private sector in creating market solutions to energy access. Photo credit: DIV at USAID

As part of its commitment to providing clean energy policy resources to policy makers in developing countries, the Clean Energy Ministerial’s Clean Energy Solutions Center has published Policies to Spur Energy Access, a comprehensive report produced jointly with the International Institute for Environment and Development. The report features contributions by several international experts and draws from a wide range of direct interviews and recently published reports.

The first part of the two-volume report reveals policy options for developing countries to engage the private sector in creating market solutions to energy access. The report discusses the regulatory and policy frameworks that can enable decentralized solutions and attract private sector investment. The report also notes that creating a robust market for energy services requires that policy makers address broader market issues. Policy makers can catalyze private financing and build human capacity to meet the needs of an emerging market. Because energy access affects a wide range of development goals—poverty alleviation, health, education, agriculture, and the environment—integrating the efforts of various public ministries can streamline energy access and leverage wider resources.

The second part of the report includes in-depth case studies of public–private programs for financing energy access in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Mali, Mexico, and Nepal. The case studies focus on the policy decisions that underpin each program and their impact on energy access for underserved populations.

As part of its efforts to offer assistance to policy makers in developing countries through its Ask an Expert service, the Solutions Center has also engaged additional international experts on energy access. For expert assistance on energy access and other clean energy policy issues, visit https://cleanenergysolutions.org/expert. For further information about the Solutions Center and its services, visit www.cleanenergysolutions.org.

About the Clean Energy Solutions Center

The Solutions Center, an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial, helps governments and policy experts design and implement clean energy policies by providing no-cost expert assistance, training, policy reports, data, and tools. To learn more about the Solutions Center and how it can assist in meeting countries’ clean energy policy objectives, please visit cleanenergysolutions.org.