Many developing countries are struggling to meet the increase in demand for electricity. This increasing demand builds pressure on the existing grid network leading to outages in power supply and poor quality of supply. But most of these countries are constrained by limited resources and need to target their investments. Transparent data about power supply quality can help electricity sector stakeholders take effective action. PEG is partnering with other international and local organisations to pilot ESMI in a few other countries to fill this crucial gap and increase transparency about supply quality in respective countries.
Currently, Indonesia is aggressively promoting national development, including infrastructure and electricity. With a population of over 250 million, Indonesia electrification ratio has not yet reached 100%. In addition to access, electricity-related challenges in Indonesia also include the infrastructure and quality of electricity. Institute for Essential Services Reform (IESR) in Indonesia, in collaboration with Prayas Energy Group (PEG) in India and the World Resources Institute (WRI), are currently working on piloting electricity supply monitoring in Indonesia.
Visit www.iesr-esmi.id for further details
Over the last two decades about 85 % of the country’s population in Tajikistan seasonally has access to electricity only for 3-6 hours daily (October -April). This has increased consumer grievance, unequal distribution, absence of transparency and accountability which is aggravated by low level of electricity sector governance. The Consumers Union of Tajikistan has been working on increasing transparency and accountability in electricity sector. Using the electricity supply monitoring initiative Consumers Union of Tajikistan is improving the transparency about power outages.
Visit www.esmi-tajikistan.info for more details
In Tanzania, national electrification rates do not surpass 25%, and electrification does not even hit 5% in rural areas. Power failures or outages forces people to rely on expensive backup generators or to remain without power. In off-grid settings, stand-alone diesel-powered generators and solar home systems (SHS) have been the most common solution to providing reliable power, backed up mostly by kerosene lamps, candles or flashlights. Generators, however, are expensive to operate due to the increasingly high cost of fuel and its transport and storage. Through the ESMI pilot the Energy Change Lab in collaboration with Prayas (Energy Group) and World Resources Institute (WRI) plan to collect and monitor data on electricity service quality delivered to consumers in Tanzania.
Visit www.betterpower-tanzania.org/ for further details
We are also supporting pilot of ESMI in Kenya in collaboration with local partner, EED Advisory and World Resources Institute. In line with overall approach of ESMI, in Kenya also supply quality data being monitored under ESMI will be made available in public domain. ESMI Kenya website will be launched soon.