Accelerating Global Energy Access

Accelerating Global Energy Access

Please join the launch of the Energy Access Project Friday, February 23, 2018, in Washington, D.C. See the agenda (PDF)

This event will begin with a keynote address by Jim Rogers former CEO and chairman of the board for electric utility Duke Energy and an advocate for universal electricity access. He will join other speakers and guests who are leaders in business, government, civil society and academia to explore the most pressing challenges around global energy access and to shape the agenda for this new research program at Duke University. The main programming runs from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and includes: 

  • A conversation with Andrew Herscowitz, Coordinator of Power Africa
  • Panel discussion on scaling productive use and capitalizing on the commercial and industrial opportunity with speakers Jake Cusack, CrossBoundary; Alexia Kelly, Microgrid Investment Accelerator; Bunmi Adekore, Breakthrough Energy Ventures; Andrew Herscowitz, Power Africa
  • Panel discussion on unlocking human potential and last-mile electrification with speakers Kristina Skierka, Power for All; Katherine Lucey, Solar Sister; Sasanka Thilakasiri, Oxfam; Xavier Helgesen, Off-Grid Electric; Hela Cheikhrouhou, Nithio
  • Introducing the Energy Access Project's research and partner network with Duke affiliates Subhrendu Pattanayak and Marc Jeuland and Edwin Muchapondwa of the University of Cape Town
  • Afternoon keynote featuring Rachel Kyte, CEO of Sustainable Energy for All and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General
  • Panel discussion on fulfilling the promise of off-grid and the role of public investment and innovative financing, with speakers Elizabeth Littlefield, OPIC (former); Justin Guay, ClimateWorks; Johanna Diecker, Global Off-Grid Lighting Association; Monojeet Pal, African Development Bank

Please stick around for one of three afternoon roundtables running concurrently on energy access issues related to China's Belt and Road Initiative, accelerating deployment of cleaner cooking technologies, and solar import tariffs and electrification impacts from 1:45-3:30 p.m. Reception will follow. 

See the Twitter conversation archive at #EAPLaunch and on Sutori.

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This gathering is in compliance with our understanding of the requirements and restrictions of the North Carolina Ethics Act and Lobbying Law, NCGS §138A-32(e).