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If You Build It, Will They Consume? Key Challenges for Universal, Reliable, and Low-Cost Electricity Delivery in Kenya


  • Jay Taneja

    (STIMA Lab, University of Massachusetts – Amherst
    Energy for Growth Hub)


Kenya’s rapid electrification in the past decade has improved the lives of millions, and can serve as a template for other countries that are growing their electricity systems and coverage. However, significant challenges remain: many more remain without access, there is low consumption among those that are connected, and the electricity supply has poor reliability and quality. This paper provides analysis that shows electrification can be improved by considering cheaper options that still meet the needs of low consumers and that low consumption is a first-order problem for the sustainability of utilities.

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  • Jay Taneja, 2018. "If You Build It, Will They Consume? Key Challenges for Universal, Reliable, and Low-Cost Electricity Delivery in Kenya," Working Papers 491, Center for Global Development.
  • Handle: RePEc:cgd:wpaper:491

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    1. Peters, Jörg & Sievert, Maximiliane & Toman, Michael A., 2019. "Rural electrification through mini-grids: Challenges ahead," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 132(C), pages 27-31.
    2. Musonye, Xavier S. & Davíðsdóttir, Brynhildur & Kristjánsson, Ragnar & Ásgeirsson, Eyjólfur I. & Stefánsson, Hlynur, 2020. "Integrated energy systems’ modeling studies for sub-Saharan Africa: A scoping review," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 128(C).

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