New Episode of Resources Radio on Rural Energy Access


June 18, 2019

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WASHINGTON, DC—Resources for the Future (RFF) today released a new installment of Resources Radio: “Shedding Light on Rural Energy Access, with Subhrendu Pattanayak.”

Host Daniel Raimi talks with Subhrendu Pattanayak, the Oak Foundation Environmental and Energy Policy Professor at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy. Pattanayak explains the different ways energy access can be improved in rural communities, with a focus on Nepal. Pattanayak also discusses the economics of rural electricity access and his research on the subject.

Listen here.

Notable quotes from the podcast:

  • “A billion people around the world don't have electricity, and maybe another two billion don't have reliable electricity. That's about half the world that just doesn't have that ability to switch on a switch in the morning and get their cup of coffee. So this is a justice issue, this is a distributional issue, [and] a humanitarian issue.”—Subhrendu Pattanayak (4:43)
  • “Some of the electrification that's happening in the world is happening on the back of coal. And coal is neither sustainable nor very clean, as sort of implemented around the world mostly. I think [for] a long-term, clean, sustainable energy solution, some of these hydro-renewable solutions are also part of it.”—Subhrendu Pattanayak (17:59)
  • “I think we should be looking at these [electricity access] systems more through sort of general reform principles, not really saying it's private or public. Those labels don't really mean much in these settings.”—Subhrendu Pattanayak (20:22)

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