Date: June 2, 2021
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Virtual seminar
“Necessary but Not Sufficient: Unlocking the Impact of Electricity Access”
The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment has partnered with the Irving Institute for Energy & Society at Dartmouth to bring you conversations with early-career energy researchers. Join us on Wednesday, June 2 from 12-1 p.m. (EDT), Nathan Williams, Assistant Professor at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability at the Rochester Institute of Technology, will give a talk, “Necessary but Not Sufficient: Unlocking the Impact of Electricity Access” as part of the New Energy: Conversations with Early-Career Energy Researchers series.
About the Talk
While electricity access may be necessary for development in sub-Saharan Africa, it is not by itself sufficient. For electrification programs to successfully foster development, more attention is required on the demand side of the electricity access problem. This talk presents findings from a set of studies on demand-side challenges and opportunities for electrification programs in East Africa. Dr. Williams will discuss studies examining the effect of complementary infrastructure and services on the electricity consumption of grid-connected small and medium enterprises in Kenya; the effect of appliance finance and tariff subsidy programs on electricity consumption on mini-grids in Kenya and Tanzania; and case studies from Rwanda, Uganda, and Ethiopia that use geospatial and biophysical crop modeling approaches to identify opportunities for co-investment in electrification and small-scale irrigation.
About the Series
New Energy: Conversations with Early-Career Energy Researchers is a multi-university series featuring graduate, post-doctoral, and other early-career researchers sharing their discoveries and perspectives on energy-related topics. From policy to analysis to emerging research, this bi-weekly series will give anyone interested in energy the opportunity to learn from the rising stars in the field. Learn more about the series and the collaborating institutions here.
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