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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Past Events

Find out about some of the previous events held by Durham Energy Institute:

WEBINAR Assessing Minigrid Impact and Long-Term Sustainability of Energy Access

11th June 2018, 13:00 to 14:00, Online

The number of Decentralized Renewable Energy (DRE) systems, particularly for rural electrification, is growing globally and estimate suggest that 45% of the new connections needed to achieve universal electrification by 2030 will come from mini-girds. However to date a widely accepted and comprehensive methodology to assess the impact and long term sustainability of these solutions is still lacking.

WEBINAR Assessing Minigrid Impact and Long-Term Sustainability of Energy Access


In this webinar, we will examine the importance of integrating M&E strategies as integral part of energy access initiatives, taking a practitioner, researcher and policy marker’s perspective. Ms Arianna Tozzi, researcher at Gram Oorja will present and discuss an analytical framework that was recently proposed to evaluate impact of DRE systems and identify the conditions in which interventions can be effectively replicated and scaled. Dr Aparna Katre of the University of Minnesota will presents empirical results from 24 community-owned Solar Micro Grids implemented in India, providing insights on the sustainability of the analysed grids and challenges ahead. And Dr Daniel Schroth and Jeff Felten of the SE4ALL Africa Hub at the AdDB will put this into a more global perspective, as well as presenting the M&E framework used by the African Development Bank with the minigrid projects it supports.

This webinar is particularly relevant to stakeholders, practitioners and policy makers around the world as it presents innovative approaches to monitor the progresses of energy access interventions, helping stakeholders at all levels to identify solutions that are impactful, sustainable and hence worth replicating on a larger scale.

Presenting Experts
- Ms Arianna Tozzi: Assessing the Sustainability of Decentralized Renewable Energy Systems: A Comprehensive Framework with Analytical Methods
- Dr Aparna Katre: Sustainability of Community-Owned Mini-Grids: Evidence from India.
- Dr Daniel Schroth/Jeff Felten: Overview - AfDB/SE4ALL Hub M&E approach for minigrids

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The Low Carbon Energy for Development Network (LCEDN) brings together researchers, policy-makers and practitioners from across the United Kingdom to expand research capacity around low-carbon development in the countries of the Global South.

It links existing expertise in international development, renewable energy transitions and science and technology studies in order to enhance and support interdisciplinary research, learning and policy-formation for this increasingly important and rapidly changing field.

The LCEDN comprises internationally-renowned universities and thriving energy research institutes, alongside partnerships with the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and expanding worldwide associations. This enables a unique environment for dialogue, discussion and the generation of ideas for funding.

About Smart Villages

Smart Villages is a global initiative that aims to provide policymakers, donors, and development agencies concerned with rural energy access across the Global South with new insights on the real barriers to energy access in villages in developing countries – technological, financial and political – and how they can be overcome. We are have chosen to focus on remote off-grid villages, where local solutions (home- or institution-based systems, and mini-grids) are both more realistic and cheaper than national grid extension. Our concern is to ensure that energy access results in development and the creation of ‘smart villages’ in which rural communities have access to healthcare, education, clean water, ICT, and livelihoods. See our recent publications and workshop reports here: