Articles Reimagining utilities as a way to end energy poverty

If the world is to provide electricity to all by 2030, utilities and off-grid renewable energy providers must join forces

Reports Utilities 2.0: Integrated Energy for Optimal Impact

Utilities 2.0: Integrated Energy for Optimal Impact examines the opportunities, challenges and best practices of creating the utility of the future in Sub-Saharan Africa and developing economies in Asia.

Research Summaries Research Summary: Making Sub-Saharan African Utilities Financially Viable

A 2017 World Bank report, Making Power Affordable for Africa and Viable for Its Utilities, analyzes the financial viability of utilities in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) using utility revenue and operations cost records. The report finds many SSA utilities face huge deficits, and will require a combination of increasing operational efficiency, raising tariffs, and optimizing their generation mix to achieve financial viability.

About the campaign

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


News & Updates
Konexa: seeding the integrated utility future

In partnership with DFID, USAID and the Rockefeller Foundation, Shell Foundation (SF) started to identify integrated distribution models predicated on partnerships with existing utilities, public sector backing and a customer value proposition for access to 24/7 reliable power for all, irrespective of location and income levels.