—data that governments with limited resources often lack.
Today, more than 750 million people still lack access to electricity, mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa.
These realistic and cost-effective scenarios provide a roadmap of how countries can achieve universal access to electricity by 2030—first through an intermediate strategy for 2025 and full electrification by 2030.
Here’s an example for Burkina Faso. To reach full nationwide electrification by 2030, the country needs to build 2.4 GW of additional energy capacity requiring a $7.7 billion investment.
The World Bank Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) has for decades been working on compiling data and analysis related to electricity access and investment. As part of this work, GEP was recently updated to include more refined electrification and investment scenarios, demand projections, cost updates (e.g., grid), and much more. A new color scheme now makes the platform accessible to people with color vision deficiency.
During a work trip to Somaliland, GEP helped our team compile a national energy access assessment for the government and establish realistic steps to expand electrification.
Now it’s your turn to try it! I also encourage you to learn about geospatial energy modeling and how to build your own electrification analysis.
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