Find out about recent activities and the up-coming events where Power for All is profiling decentralized renewables—and get involved!

May: Campaign Activities 

New Delhi, 17-19 May: Renewable Energy World India

Campaign partner IISD will discuss Policy Keys to Unlock Universal Energy Access: Ground-Breaking Analysis of Best Practice for High-Growth Distributed Renewable Energy Markets. The presentation is part of an opening day panel Examining the Policy Roadmap for the 175 GW, 2022 Target,  and will examine the findings of Power for All's most recent policy-focused call to action.

Ahmedabad, 19-20 May: Working Towards Channelling Public Finance Towards Clean Energy Access Between India and Africa

Power for All organized a session on mini-grids for this multi-stakeholder conclave taking place on the sidelines of the annual meeting of the African Development Bank (AfDB). Participants include campaign partners OMC Power, FuturePump, PowerGen and The Rockefeller Foundation, as well as Mitsui.

Barcelona, 22-25 May, Innovate4Climate

Power for All is proud to be a Supporting Partner of this inaugural World Bank event, a new global dialogue of government, multilateral, business, banking and finance leaders focused on shaping the next generation of climate finance and policy instruments. 

Also this month, Power for All launched activities in Ethiopia with an "Accelerating Access with Decentralized Renewable Energy” stakeholder event in Addis Ababa. By gathering government officials from the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electrification (MOWIE) alongside donors and an initial group of companies operating in Ethiopia today (including campaign partners d.light and Solar Kiosk), Power for All launched a cross-learning initiative in support of Ethiopia’s GTP II access targets to bring energy to millions without access to modern electricity services today. Power for All applauds the government’s ambitious targets of 4 million new rural household connections from DRE by 2020, in pursuit of universal electrification by 2025. Power for All's Ami Dumbuya (pictured here) and Kristina Skierka led the workshop.

In Nigeria, Power for All hosted a roundtable on subsidy regime reform at the "Solar Future Nigeria" event in April. More recently, the campaign has provided input to various government agencies on communications strategies and policy implementation roadmap, and is also helping to shape the energy track of the upcoming Tech Plus event in July.

April Highlight: World Bank Civil Society Policy Forum

In April, at the World Bank Civil Society Policy Forum in Washington D.C., Power for All and Practical Action convened a session to exchange ideas on what is needed to make universal access to modern energy a reality in the shortest possible time. The event, From Promise to Progress: Decentralized Renewables and the End of Energy Poverty, included perspectives from Power for All, Practical Action, the World Bank, World Resources Institute and EarthSpark International.  

Clean energy access is recognized as a global priority within the SDG and climate contexts and the evidence is clear that to deliver universal energy access countries need to embrace decentralized renewable energy (DRE) solutions. An overview of the Global Tracking Framework and the Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy (RISE) provided the snapshot of where we're at globally and at individual nation levels on achieving the SDG energy targets, laid the foundation from which to discuss how to accelerate  energy access.  The conversation included examples of specifc strategies and policies that enable countries to leverage the DRE market and "RISE" to a level of faster access.  Our WRI colleague, Lily Ordano, shared her take-way of the session in this blog.

Lastly, lots happening in India. We will provide a more detailed update on that in an upcoming newsletter.