Energy Access and Decentralised Solutions

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Prof. Subhes C Bhattacharyya
Professor of Energy Economics and Policy,
Principal Investigator: OASYS South Asia Project,
Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development,
De Montfort University,
Queens Building (Rm: 1.15e)
The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH, UK
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AIMS Energy Journal Special Issue: Energy Access and Decentralised Solutions

According to recent estimates, about 1.3 billion people lack access to electricity and nearly 2.7 billion people rely on traditional use of biomass for their cooking energy needs. The Sustainable Energy for All initiative has attracted global attention on energy access and the UN General Assembly has declared 2014-2024 as the decade of Sustainable Energy for All. Energy access issue has come to the limelight and many new activities have been launched to enhance energy access. The energy access issue has remained divided between electrification and cooking energy provision and the global emphasis remains on electrification agenda. While grid extension remains the preferred mode of electrification, it is now well recognised that it may not be economically possible to extend the grid everywhere. To achieve the universal electrification objective by 2030, other options would have to be considered. In fact, many decentralised off-grid solutions have emerged and with technological innovation, these options offer cost-effective ways of reaching out to those without access to electricity. The challenge of mass electrification in developing countries requires identifying the best options for electrification; sharing knowledge quickly about successful or not-so-successful cases that can guide others to avoid pitfalls, identifying barriers and finding ways to mitigate them; pondering over scaling-up and replication opportunities; and creating business opportunities for large-scale implementation and management of the activities.

In the above context, this special issue aims to disseminate the experience gained so far in enhancing electricity access in the developing world by reporting innovative solutions, project experiences, stakeholder perspectives, and emerging trends in the electrification area.

We are inviting submission of original, unpublished papers in any relevant areas of energy access. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

• Review of country experiences, including comparative analysis of two or more countries.
• Experience of pilot/ demonstration projects and/or any large-scale energy access programme 
• Analysis of barriers and challenges to energy access and suggestions for mitigation
• Review of energy access status, progress made so far and issues related to data
• Financing energy access – innovative approaches, support mechanisms, fund mobilisation, 
• Capacity development and human resource management required for enhancing energy access
• Practical guidance for project managers and developers
• Performance evaluation and impact assessment of programmes/ projects delivering energy access
• Regulation and policy analysis of energy access issues
• Technological innovation and leapfrogging – case studies and analysis

Paper submission
All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed before their acceptance for publication.
The deadline for manuscript submission is 31 July 2015.

Instruction for Authors

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