Dayal, Senior Vice President of Power & Climate and The Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet at The Rockefeller Foundation, discusses how he got into working on energy, why he believes in raising the definition of energy access, and the power of philanthropy.
Ashvin Dayal leads The Rockefeller Foundation’s Power & Climate program, aimed at scaling up energy access and accelerating an inclusive energy transition in emerging markets. Over more than a decade with the Foundation, Ashvin has overseen investments in urban climate change resilience and distributed renewable energy, including leading the establishment of local dedicated platforms to expand clean energy access such as Smart Power India and Smart Power Myanmar. Most recently, he led the creation of the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet, a multi-billion-dollar effort supported by major philanthropies, development investors and specialized energy organizations aimed at advancing transformational projects on distributed renewable electrification, grid-tied renewables, and fossil fuel transitions in 80+ energy-poor nations. Before joining the Foundation, he held a range of senior leadership roles over 15 years with Oxfam in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and a master’s degree from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins.
- Power purchase agreements, or PPAs.
- Why secret contracts harm energy markets, consumers, citizens, and the climate.
- Various countries such as Ghana and Kenya struggle with opaque contracts.
- PPA transparency is something the Hub is tracking and working to improve.
- The Hub is proposing basic disclosure standards to improve transparency for better more competitive markets to allow more clean energy.
- The very first High Energy Planet episode Rose mentions, discussing with our Fellow Mohamed Rali Badissy on power contracting transparency and its benefits.
Ashvin Dayal Interview
- Ashvin’s Rockefeller Foundation bio.
- Ashvin began working on anti-poverty efforts with Oxfam, which is what led him to his interest in working on energy and eventually to the Rockefeller Foundation.
- The rise in off-grid work Ashvin refers to seeing when he first started in energy.
- Common definitions of climate resilience.
- Seawalls that are often people’s first associations with climate resilience.
- Examples of climate resilience in Vietnam, where Ashvin spoke about working in and seeing stark inequality.
- Ashvin calls out electricity reliability as a form of resilience— reliability is something that the Hub is working on through the Reliability Adjusted Cost of Electricity, (RACE) metric.
- India’s mini-grid policies in Uttar Pradesh.
- Work on electrification through mini-grids in Nigeria.
- The Hub’s Modern Energy Minimum that Ashvin and the Rockefeller Foundation launched with the Hub.
- The current definition of energy access that Ashvin describes as insufficient.
- A blog Ashvin wrote on the Modern Energy Minimum and climbing the energy ladder.
- The Modern Energy Minimum suggests 1000 kWh as the metric, splitting this by 700 kWh from industrial use, and 300 kWh from residential use.
- India’s energy access rate progress.
- The poverty headcount definition Ashvin likens Modern Energy Minimum to, advocating for it to accompany the poverty headcount ratio in tracking progress.
- The SDG 7 goal Rose asks Ashvin if he thinks we can achieve
- The progress to date on SDG7 that Katie, Rose, and Ashvin discuss.
- The Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP) initiative that was announced at COP26.
- The partners in the GEAPP that make it so multisectoral, as Ashvin is excited about.
- The eligibility criteria for accessing the GEAPP’s funds is the Hub’s Modern Energy Minimum metric of 1,000 kWh.
- The importance of public-private partnerships, and collaborations across all sectors in energy development Ashvin describes when asked about the role of philanthropy in solving global issues.
- Ashvin lived in Bangkok, Thailand, which he raved all about.
- Ashvin’s a big Liverpool fan– making Manchester a rival team.
- And he loves to cook and bake, but isn’t a Great British Bake-Off fan these days…