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  • Project

    Electricity as a growth constraint for small and medium enterprises in Bihar state, India

    The reliability and access to electricity remain a challenge across much of rural India despite rapidly growing grid electrification rates. Small and medium-sized firms represent one-third of businesses in low-income countries but are also the most vulnerable to bad electric supply. A study conducted in four rural Indian states found that only 65% of firms are connected to...

    9 Nov 2020 | Johannes Urpelainen, Michaël Aklin, Setu Pelz

  • Blog post

    The case for scaling up renewable energy investments in fragile and conflict-affected situations

    The impressive drop in the cost of clean technologies and the local practical potential of solar PV are making renewable energy an increasingly viable option from an economic perspective in fragile settings. Clean energy investment also has direct implications for tackling climate change, improving the socioeconomic inclusion of marginalised groups, and state-building –...

    4 Nov 2020 | Camilla Sacchetto , Nicholas Stern, Charlotte Taylor

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Priorities for renewable energy investment in fragile states

    State fragility is strongly linked to prevalent climate hazards and poor energy access. Conflict, poverty, and poor governance increase countries’ vulnerability to climate change threats, while access to electricity – especially renewable – is lowest in fragile settings. Four key factors make the scaling of renewable energy investment in fragile and...

    4 Nov 2020 | Camilla Sacchetto , Nicholas Stern, Charlotte Taylor

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Smart meters, electricity losses, and reliability

    26 Oct 2020 | Robyn Christine Meeks

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Equilibrium particulate exposure

    We assemble global spatially disaggregated panel data describing ambient particulate levels and transport, population, and economic and polluting activities. These data indicate the importance of country level determinants of pollution, of the equilibrium process that separates or brings together people and particulates, of urbanization, and of the composition of economic...

    26 Oct 2020 | Lorenzo Aldeco, Lint Barrage, Matthew Turner

  • Blog post

    Power planning in fragile and conflict-affected states

    Traditional methods of energy planning are likely to provide results that may be inappropriate in fragile and conflict-affected countries. The risks of violence and damage, significant delays and cancellations in infrastructure projects, or projects coming in at very high cost, are rife in these states. Security issues can significantly hamper, or make infeasible, the...

    20 Oct 2020 | Morgan Bazilian, Sarah Logan

  • Blog post

    Invest in energy access for a resilient recovery from COVID-19 in fragile environments

    The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed many inequities, both within countries and across the world. The least developed countries and those affected by fragility and conflict have been particularly hard hit by the economic impacts of COVID-19, experiencing unprecedented declines in commodity prices and remittances and a collapse in earnings at the household, firm, and national...

    16 Oct 2020 | Sarah Logan

  • Blog post

    Beirut blast: Restoring power is important, as is trust

    The blast in Beirut has exposed Lebanon’s corrupt energy sector and therefore should be the starting point for a wholesale reform of a crippled political system to rebuild trust and ease rising public agitation. It did not take too long after the deadly Beirut port explosion, which devastated the city’s most vibrant neighbourhood and transformed the lives of thousands...

    7 Oct 2020 | Ali Ahmad , Muzna Al-Masri , Neil McCulloch, Marc Ayoub

  • Blog post

    The gateway to carbon pricing? Air pollution policy

    Buying carbon is too cheap and easy. 'Gateway tax', focussing on air pollution, could be initial step. Outdoor air pollution causes 4 million deaths a year. When it comes to climate policies, of those available, the economist’s preferred tool tends to be the elusive carbon tax’. Despite notable successes, the implementation of carbon...

    21 Aug 2020 | Oliver Harman, Ondine Berland

  • Blog post

    Ideas Matter: Sparking insights from the demand and supply side of electricity

    Understanding of both the demand and supply side is crucial for ensuring the proper functioning of the electricity market and the provision of electricity. Approximately one billion people, mainly located in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, do not have access to electricity in their homes. This limits productive activities at the household level (prime example being...

    19 Aug 2020 | Joevas Asare