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OpenAccess Energy

How do we establish universal electricity access to create practical opportunities for quality education, new business models, better health outcomes and clean water while mitigating the effects of climate change?

This was the driving question behind WGSI's OpenAccess Energy Summit. At an Advisory Workshop (October 18-20, 2015) and the OpenAccess Energy Summit (April 24-27, 2016), contributors explored the wide and varied collaborations that are essential to addressing the energy access challenge and developed strategic focus areas to accelerate solutions.

WHY ENERGY ACCESS?

We are living in times of great economic and social opportunity. Emerging technological, social and business innovations mean that it is now possible for more than 1 billion people to, for the first time, gain access to the modern electricity services that will radically transform their well-being.

Establishing universal electricity access creates practical opportunities for quality education, new business models, better health outcomes, clean water and support for agriculture. Clean renewable energy technologies will form the backbone of an energy transition that will mitigate the effects of climate change.

This opportunity has arisen because new and emerging technologies are ushering in a revolution in energy access in the developing world. It is now possible to deliver modern electricity services to remote regions via off-grid electricity and micro-grids powered by renewable energy sources. Low cost solar power, high-efficiency appliances that can connect to a simple and cheap modular micro-grid, data collection through mobile communication networks and mobile-based micro-payment channels are examples of innovations that offer a chance for genuine and lasting change. 

Recap OpenAccess Energy

Recap the OpenAccess Energy Summit through blog entries, photos, and video of public lectures.

Since the Summit

Learn about our presence at COP22 as well as projects and collaborations that emerged from the OpenAccess Energy 2030 Summit.

OPENACCESS ENERGY BLUEPRINT

The OpenAccess Energy Blueprint features:  
  • insight into proactive governance, creating a fair marketplace, empowering people, and effective entrepreneurship for energy access; 
  • Solutions Spotlights featuring innovative technologies, business and finance models; 
  • a commitment to establishing and nurturing partnerships on the road to establishing energy access;
  • Plan for Plenty - a feature section on energy access challenges in Canada’s remote Indigenous communities. 

Our partners at Discourse Media have developed a web version of the OpenAccess Energy Blueprint as part of their Power Struggle project. 

 

OPENACCESS ENERGY AND THE MEDIA

In order to support journalistic investigations of energy access and related issues WGSI contributes funding to support Discourse Media’s journalism project Power Struggle which examines energy access issues globally. 

Power Struggle is a collaboration of journalists around the world who are investigating how energy poverty affects people in their regions — and what solutions are emerging. To date, reporters from Kiribati, Zimbabwe, Togo, Nigeria, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Nepal, Bangladesh, Romania, Mexico and Canada have contributed to Power Struggle and their stories have appeared in Inter Press Service, SciDev.Net, The Zimbabwean, The Independent (Bangladesh), Al Jazeera, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Republica (Nepal), The Tyee (Canada), TVOntario, the Guardian and the New York Times.