skip to main content

Title: Policies to Spur Energy Access. Executive Summary; Volume 1, Engaging the Private Sector in Expanding Access to Electricity; Volume 2, Case Studies to Public-Private Models to Finance Decentralized Electricity Access

Government policy is one of the most important factors in engaging the private sector in providing universal access to electricity. In particular, the private sector is well positioned to provide decentralized electricity products and services. While policy uncertainty and regulatory barriers can keep enterprises and investors from engaging in the market, targeted policies can create opportunities to leverage private investment and skills to expand electricity access. However, creating a sustainable market requires policies beyond traditional electricity regulation. The report reviews the range of policy issues that impact the development and expansion of a market for decentralized electricity services from establishing an enabling policy environment to catalyzing finance, building human capacity, and integrating energy access with development programs. The case studies in this report show that robust policy frameworks--addressing a wide range of market issues--can lead to rapid transformation in energy access. The report highlights examples of these policies in action Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Mali, Mexico, and Nepal.
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [3] ;  [4] ;  [2] ;  [5] ;  [5] ;  [6] ;  [7] ;  [8] ;  [2] ;  [9] ;  [1] ;  [1]
  1. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
  2. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), London (England)
  3. Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
  4. International Center for Climate Change and Development, Baridhara (Bangladesh)
  5. Echnoserve Consulting (Ethiopia)
  6. Univ. of London (England). Cass Business School
  7. Columbia Univ., New York, NY (United States)
  8. Delft Univ. of Technology (Netherlands)
  9. Digo Bikas Inst. (Nepal)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
Report Number(s):
DOE Contract Number:
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
Country of Publication:
United States
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY, AND ECONOMY; 32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; energy access; energy policy; distributed energy; private sector; sustainable development; market; finance; capacity; case studies; Bangladesh; Ethiopia; Mali; Mexico; Nepal