Why Electricity Governance?Decisions about how to generate, deliver and pay for electricity have a profound effect on people’s lives: Who gets electricity and at what price? What role should the private sector play in expanding generation and delivery? What is the right mix of technologies to meet growing demand for electricity, from conventional fuels to wind, solar and other renewables? How should the need for affordable energy be balanced against responses to climate change?
By strengthening electricity governance – the processes, institutions, and actors that shape how such decisions are made – countries can develop more equitable and sustainable electricity policies. Transparent, inclusive and accountable electricity governance can ensure that decisions taken work in the public interest.
What is the Electricity Governance Initiative?The Electricity Governance Initiative (EGI) is a unique network of civil society organizations dedicated to promoting transparent, inclusive and accountable decision-making in the electricity sector. We facilitate collaboration of civil society, policymakers, regulators, and other electricity sector actors using a common framework to define “good governance.”
Since 2005, we have worked with civil society organizations around the world to complete assessments of electricity governance in their respective countries, and to advocate for improvements in governance. More than 30 organizations around the world are now partners in the Initiative. The World Resources Institute serves as the global secretariat for EGI, with the Prayas Energy Group (India) serving as our special knowledge partner.
In-Country Assessments EGI empowers civil society organizations to assess and promote improved electricity sector governance in their countries. The first step is an accurate assessment of a country’s current practices and institutions using the EGI toolkit, an indicator-based methodology that helps our in-country partners map decision-making processes in the sector. In each country, partners then produce a branded assessment report which they can use as a foundation to promote improved governance.
National Engagement Between Civil Society and Government EGI assessment reports create a shared language and platform that bring stakeholders together to make meaningful improvements in policy, planning and regulatory decision making processes. EGI convenes civil society, government, utilities, the private sector, and local people to discuss new solutions to pressing problems in the electricity sector.
A Global Network of Partners EGI links national civil society groups to a global network of partners confronting similar challenges in different parts of the world. By convening these organizations, and supporting ongoing communication through electronic forums, our partners share experiences and advance collective strategies for improving governance. EGI is a learning network that responds to the evolving challenges that various stakeholders confront in the sector.
Global Engagement on Electricity Policy Drawing on the work of in-country partners, we provide analysis and input to multilateral and regional development banks—including the World Bank and Asian Development Bank—as they develop energy strategies, technical assistance approaches, and investment decisions.
Insights from EGI’s work have informed investment plans approved by the Clean Technology Fund. Since 2008, we have convened forums to bring together electricity regulators from developed and developing countries to share and reflect critically upon their experiences with promoting clean energy.
Through such initiatives, EGI has become a unique new source of insights into the practical realities of quickly evolving markets for clean energy in developing countries around the world.
EGI is supported by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Open Society Foundation, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the Shakti Foundation, and the German Federal Environment Ministry. Past supporters included the C.S. Mott Foundation, the Tides Foundation Energy Collaborative, the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership, the U.K. Foreign Commonwealth Office, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Wallace Global Fund.