The purpose of this page is to shed more light on specific concepts presented in the Energy Map. Drawing on the research conducted by the Center for Science, Technology, and Society, and the many experiences we have working with energy enterprises in the developing world, we have gleaned a variety of insights. The pages below are some of the examples of work that has been done by the Center and can be used to supplement the information found in the Energy Map.
Distributed Energy Spotlight
This paper was written in 2013 to explore the concept of productive use of energy, or energy that is used to generate or increase income for a person or an enterprise. The paper focuses on the importance of energy to income generating activities and identifies productive use of energy, reducing the cost of distributed energy technologies, and improving financing for small enterprises as being central to the widespread adoption of distributed energy.
Energy in India Spotlight
Home to a sixth of the global population, of which 400 million live without access to energy, India faces a variety of energy related challenges that must be overcome if the country hopes to maintain the high level of growth it has experienced over the past 20 years. This spotlight analyzes some of the key challenges facing energy providers in India. It examines spatial access to energy within the country, various government programs and policies affecting energy, and the many investment, finance, and trade conditions that are present. The spotlight also highlights some of the many energy enterprises working in India and some of the techniques being used by these enterprises to overcome the barriers that exist.