UNDP Releases Report on Energy Access in Nepal

22 June 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released a report titled “Capacity development for scaling up decentralized energy access programmes.”

The report draws lessons from two decentralized energy projects in Nepal that brought modern energy services to almost a million people in remote rural communities. The projects enabled 250,000 people to be reached by micro hydropower supplying electricity for lighting and mechanical power for agro-processing and other productive activities; and 580,000 people with access to improved cooking stoves.

The report underlines the importance of upfront public investment in capacity development to deliver, manage, operate and maintain the solutions to providing energy access in rural areas. It also illustrates that improving energy access accelerates the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The UN Secretary-General's Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change recently called for universal access to modern energy services by 2030. [Report Website]