You are What You Measure! But are We Measuring it Right? An Empirical Analysis of Energy Access metrics Based on a Mutli-tier Approach in Bangladesh Inclusive Strategy to Trigger Solar Technology Market: Case Studies of Rural Distribution Models from Ethiopia
Presenter: Sebastian Groh, Shonali Pachauri and narasimha D. Rao
| Measuring energy access through binary indicators is insufficient, and often, even misleading. In this work, the SE4ALL global tracking framework, and the recently introduced ESMAP multi-tier approach, is critically discussed analyzing questionnaire based primary data from rural Bangladesh. The performance of different energy interventions is evaluated using the new tier framework. The challenges in its application lie in reliable data collection, adequate gradation of indicators, and an effective algorithm for the tier assignment based on the specified set of attributes. The study showcases very high sensitivities to parameter changes, different algorithms, and data requirements. The results reveal a clear trade-off between capturing the multi-dimensionality of energy access and the simplicity of an easy to use global framework. Suggestions to improve the measuring approach are made and conclusions are drawn for possible implications of the tier framework for different energy service offers in the market. Strengths and weaknesses of the present measurement scheme are discussed and country specific results interpreted through targeted gap analysis for future policy
Sebastian Groh, Shonali Pachauri and narasimha D. Rao: Micro Perspective for Decentralized Energy (MES) 2015, Bangalore, India.