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Welcome to the Defining Energy Access E-consultation.

This is the launch page for the conference where you will find an introduction to the conference and a list of other e-delegates who are participating in this consultation. On this page you can join the e-consultation by clicking the grey JOIN button above.
If you click here you will come to the main conference page where you can browse the papers and questions being discussed over this three week period.
By clicking on the "Go to Forum" link above you will find the main forum where the activity and discussions are taking place. Inside the forum you will see a list of topic threads by clicking on one of these you will be able to view the discussions on that particular thread so far and post your own comment by typing in the comment box and clicking the grey post button beneath.
If you have any difficulties please email mailto:Miriam@hedon.info. We look forward to your contributions.

Defining Energy Access

Building consensus on defining and measuring energy access


E-Consultation

28 March – 15 April

With

GIZ and Practical Action


Energy access is now widely recognized as a prerequisite for human development. There is no Millennium Development Goal for energy but it is seen as fundamental in achieving them.


There is now a real momentum in raising the profile of energy access as a pillar of development – the UN Secretary General is leading the target of Universal Energy Access by 2030. And yet there is no widely accepted definition of energy access. Gaining access to grid electricity and using a modern fuel is often considered to be the threshold of achieving energy access. However, it can easily be seen that in practice many poor households with electricity from the grid gain no more than the light of a few bulbs for a few intermittent hours a night, leaving most development benefits claimed for energy access out of reach. If Universal Energy Access is to be a target that is achievable, ideally with recognizable milestones along the way, then some agreed definition of “access having been achieved” is necessary.


GIZ and Practical Action, amongst others, have proposed various definitions and approaches to the energy access debate. Practical Action recently launched the Poor People’s Energy Outlook (PPEO) report; presenting a perspective of people’s experience of energy use and deprivation in developing countries. The PPEO proposes Total Energy Access as a set of minimum standards for household energy services, and an Energy Access Index analysing the supply side.


This E-Consultation is an opportunity to move towards consensus on a number of important issues, and build a coalition of actors that are engaged with the energy access agenda. Discussions will be structured around presentations, and aim to address the key questions:


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