Do Metrics Such As 'Energy Access' Actually Get Us Closer to Prosperity?
Are there better metrics and goals to capture the energy needed by emerging economies to fuel job and income growth?


‘Energy access’ dominates the way the international community measures energy for growth across the world — which means we’re not talking about the right kind of energy for future prosperity.

Limits to Current Approach

Energy access is about household access to basic power, not what’s needed for job and business creation across cities and nations. We need to generate better data and new metrics that can inform policy development, investment priorities, and track progress toward building the high-energy systems modern economies require.

Our Approach

The Energy for Growth Hub shifts the conversation from household energy access to a focus on cost, reliability, and scale of energy for industry and commerce. We hope to push the policy focus toward larger-scale solutions consistent with countries’ own development ambitions.