February 28, 2018
Utilities 2.0, Energy Policy
Research Summary: Electricity Subsidies Failing Low-Income Households
Subsidies are a common way to support electricity access to poor households. Yet data from the World Bank shows that subsidies are largely failing to help the under-served. In fact, only 10% of electricity subsidies in Sub-Saharan Africa flow to households with the lowest income, while subsidizing residential tariffs accounts for the single largest source of utility deficits. It's time for reform.
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