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    World Environment Day: Championing clean energy post COVID-19

    Combating climate change and ensuring clean air for all is an interdependent effort. As developing country governments electrify their populations, renewable energy offers a range of clean ways of doing so. The recent plunge in energy demand and oil prices, which threatens to reverse recent gains in renewables, should not act as a barrier to transitions towards clean energy...

    5 Jun 2020 | Joevas Asare

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    Increasing tariffs to prevent another electricity crisis in Zambia

    Zambia’s state-owned power utility company, ZESCO, is consistently struggling to meet demand, plunging Zambia into one electricity crisis after another. The Government of Zambia’s acceptance of ZESCO’s application to increase tariffs is a step in the right direction. Access to reliable power remains a problem across sub-Saharan Africa. The latest data from the World...

    30 Mar 2020 | Shivani Haria, Imaduddin Ahmed

  • Publication - Project Report

    Electricity is not an entitlement: How social norms constrain access to electricity

    27 Mar 2020 | Robin Burgess, Michael Greenstone, Nicholas Ryan, Anant Sudarshan, Matei Alexianu

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    The value of electricity reliability in India

    India’s electricity distribution utilities face a debt trap that is common to electricity supply systems across the developing world. Highly subsidised residential electricity prices mean that utilities lose money on most kilowatt-hours they sell to households. These pricing policies leave utilities with neither the incentives nor the capital to improve reliability,...

    8 Feb 2020 | Shefali Khanna, Kevin Rowe

  • Project

    The value of electricity reliability in India

    In many low- and middle-income countries, frequent and prolonged power outages constrain energy access for large segments of the population connected to the electricity grid. For policymakers in these countries, the value of electricity reliability to customers is a central policy parametre for understanding the benefits of expanding energy access by reforming tariff design...

    4 Feb 2020 | Kevin Rowe, Shefali Khanna

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    Emissions rating programme: Environmental impacts and firm behaviour

    Several countries have used emissions rating programmes to incentivise industrial plants to comply with emissions standards and maintain low levels of pollution. Such programmes function by using regularly monitored emissions data from major industrial plants to rate firms from the least compliant to the most compliant. Besides making environmental performance more...

    3 Feb 2020 | Michael Greenstone, Sanval Nasim, Usman Naeem, Ali Habib

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    The social cost of electricity price increases in Zambia

    The Zambian electricity sector has struggled with frequent power outages since 2016, largely due to declining generation capacity at the main hydropower stations at Kariba. With the worsening drought in recent months, the power deficits have increased, forcing the state power utility ZESCO to announce increased load shedding of up to 15 hours per day in most residential...

    29 Jan 2020 | Mashekwa Maboshe

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    Pollution, climate change, and growth in India

    To mark the 10-year anniversary of the IGC, a research conference on Evidence for Inclusive growth was organised in New Delhi on 10th September 2019, with a panel discussion titled “Pollution, climate change, and growth in India”. The panellists for the discussion were Michael Greenstone (Director, Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago; Research Programme...

    27 Jan 2020 | Manish Kumar Prasad

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    Should electricity be a right?

    The question ‘is electricity a commodity or a public utility?’ is thought provoking. A related question is if electricity should be a right and what does it mean. Does it mean people have the right to use as much electricity as they want and at what price? Or should a basic minimum quantity of electricity be available to all irrespective of their ability to pay? The...

    22 Jan 2020 | Shivani Chowdhry, Rishabh Mahendra

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Cooling developing countries: How income and climate drive air conditioning adoption

    Over 90% of people living in hot areas lack air conditioning. The expansion of air conditioning in these areas will bring comfort but increase greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and refrigerant leaks and could stress electric grids. This study develops country-specific estimates of how air conditioning saturation relates to climate and household income and...

    17 Jan 2020 | Andrew G. Campbell, Lucas Davis, Paul Gertler