Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) hosted a webinar with Practical Action, a People-Centered Accelerator partner, discussing the latest Poor People’s Energy Outlook (PPEO 2018) report, Achieving inclusive energy access at scale.
The 90-minute webinar was hosted by Caroline McGregor, Lead Specialist for Energy Access and Gender, SEforALL, and Lucy Stevens, Senior Energy Access Advisor, Practical Action. Panelists included Amber Bloomer, Grant and Partner Development Expert, Inyenyeri; Leslie Labruto, Head of Global Energy, Acumen; and Daniel Busche, Managing Director, EnDev.
A recording of the webinar is available for viewing below and presentations from the webinar can be found at the bottom.
The Poor People’s Energy Outlook 2018 explores how energy access can be accelerated to achieve both the scale required to meet global goals, and the inclusivity needed to leave no one behind, in particular women and the poorest. It builds on PPEO 2016 (which explores energy access planning from the bottom-up) and PPEO 2017 (which considers how best to finance national integrated energy access plans).
The latest report examines national-scale programs in the clean cooking, decentralised electricity and grid-extension sectors across sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America. It examines lessons from these programs for how scale and inclusivity can be pursued in tandem.
The PPEO 2018 report demonstrates that energy access stakeholders must work together to:
- Deliver a mix of programs integrating grid, off-grid and clean cooking.
- Tackle key aspects of inclusion throughout program implementation, from planning and design to delivery and evaluation.
- Aim for scale by applying a balanced approach that works holistically across supply, demand, policy and finance, while also recognizing those left behind.
The webinar provided an opportunity to hear commentary from energy access stakeholders on how the report has informed dialogue around SDG7 delivery and how it can influence policy and program work.
Practical Action has been challenging the energy sector’s traditional focus on energy resources, supply and large-scale infrastructure projects. It instead emphasizes energy services that matter most to people by giving voice to the perspectives of key stakeholders and communities on the ground.
Among PPEO 2018’s key findings:
- Planning for inclusivity is critical to achieving universal energy access
- Decentralizing key elements of decision-making to local levels can encourage inclusivity
- Program metrics should reflect not just the number of energy connections, but aspects of remoteness, poverty and gender
- Addressing gender inequality can be good for boosting company bottom-lines
- Achieving universal energy access requires assessing potential barriers to scale, including supply, weak demand, financial blockages, and policy shortcomings.
- Public finance is critical in delivering energy access to the most marginalized.