Press Releases Utilities 2.0 Twaake Pilot: New integrated energy approach could deliver universal electrification in Uganda for half the cost, fraction of the time as grid-only

Today, a coalition of global energy sector leaders launched a first-of-its-kind integrated energy pilot in Uganda. Led by Uganda’s largest power utility, Umeme, coordinated by Power for All and funded by The Rockefeller Foundation, the Utilities 2.0 Twaake pilot project unites Umeme Ltd, the centralized power utility company and several leading Uganda-based distributed renewable energy companies (DREs) to provide affordable, reliable, and clean power for all in what has been described as the utilities of the future.

Reports Universal Renewable Energy Access: The Utilities of the Future

Utilities 2.0: Integrated Energy for Optimal Impact explores how working together, centralized and decentralized energy can transform their national energy systems into robust networks that deliver reliable, affordable, universal access for all.

Fact Sheets & Research Summaries Fact Sheet: Utilities 2.0 Twaake pilot

It will take over 10 million connections for Uganda to achieve universal access. If grid extension is the sole method of service provision, the required investment would likely be in the range of USD $13 billion at USD $1,300 per connection. Utilities 2.0 integrated energy approach seeks to bring the optimal mix of service levels to unelectrified areas, solving for least-cost electrification in the fastest timeline possible in a given area.

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Collaborate to Accelerate Access

Utilities 2.0 is a global initiative to unite centralized utilities and the decentralized renewable energy sector to end energy poverty faster.

In collaboration, centralized and decentralized electricity providers can design an optimal mix of energy technologies and service levels, solving for least-cost electrification in the fastest timeline possible. 

Utilities 2.0 is made possible thanks to the generous support of Jim Rogers and The Rockefeller Foundation.

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Utilities 2.0 will be demonstrated in Uganda with the below partners. For a complete list of partners see our Call to Action.


Recent and upcoming events relevant to the Utilities 2.0 initiative:

SDG Summit
September  24-25, 2019

New York

Africa's Agri-preneurs Summit
September 24–26, 2019


Off-Grid Energy Access Forum
October 2, 2019


October 22-25, 2019


gridCONNEXT 2019
December 10-12, 2019

Washington, D.C.

Global Off-Grid Solar Forum
February 18-20, 2020


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