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Interview with Jay Taneja: Energy Equity

In this episode of the Power for All podcast which is a continuation of Power for All's integrated energy podcast series, Kristina Skierka, Founder and CEO of Power for All speaks with Jay Taneja, Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he heads the  Systems Towards Infrastructure Measurement and Analytics (STIMA) Lab. 

Energy equity is the result of several factors like an unequal distribution of energy resources, an institutional bias on how and where money is invested, and a one-size-fits-all approach to electrification. In the past, when grid connections were the only option for electricity access, there wasn't really a great avenue towards equity. Today, decentralized renewables are an alternative to addressing energy equity by serving communities that are disconnected from the electricity grid.

Energy equity also happens through the lens of reliability. People living in rural settings do not necessarily get the same service and the same access to electricity as people living in urban settings. In this podcast we explore what can be done in COP26 to address energy inequity and how net-zero commitments help to accelerate universal electrification.

Guest: Jay Taneja, Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, who studies infrastructure in the developed and developing world—including energy and building systems.

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Background reading:

  • e-GUIDE initiative led by Jay Taneja to help utilities and off-grid providers improve the provision and expansion of electricity in Africa

  • Microgrids as potential macro development enablers

  • Subsidies for microgrids are often significantly less than subsidies received by the public main grid


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