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Online debate: Providing Energy Access in 2019 and the Road Ahead

11 March 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CET

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Universal access to clean and modern energy is one of the top energy challenges of our time. Significant progress has been achieved in the past years. However, based on the current trajectory, the IEA estimates that around 674 million inhabitants will continue to lack access to electricity in 2030. It is therefore imperative to ‘think big’, involve all the relevant stakeholders and remove barriers to massive electrification business models.

The 2nd online debate leading up to the FSR Global Forum discusses the following issues

  • What are the main barriers to massive electrification business models? How to remove them?
  • Is a “utility-like” business model the most adequate long-term approach for electricity supply to the population that lacks acceptable electricity access?


Laura Cozzi |Deputy Head – Office of the Chief Economist of the IEA

Salvatore Vinci | Deputy Director, Country Support and Partnerships Division – IRENA

Praveer Sinha | CEO & Managing Director – Tata Power


Ignacio Perez Arriaga | Professor – FSR, MIT and UPComillas

An open discussion will follow.

Watch the debate recording:


About the FSR Global Forum

The FSR Global Forum is a 4-day event fostering practice-oriented solutions on key aspects of the world energy transition. It provides a platform for multi-stakeholder engagement to facilitate transnational knowledge exchange.

It brings together 100 representatives (by invitation only) from government agencies, regulatory bodies, energy companies, energy utilities, development organisations and academics from across the world.

The Forum develops around 12 knowledge spaces to facilitate interactive discussions and digitally maps the key insights of each session. The topical issues addressed have a special focus on Latin America, Africa and Asia.

Visit the Forum website



11 March 2019
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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