ERE & ISEP Webinar Series Vol. 1: Sept. 18 @ 15:00 CEST - Crowdsourcing Measurement of Quality of Electricity Services in India


Measuring energy access in developing countries involves much more than simply recording whether or not households are connected to the grid. Both international organizations and scholars now recognize the importance of the reliability of electricity access for achieving positive development outcomes. Yet, measuring reliability is much more difficult than measuring the existence of connections. We propose a cheap croudsourced method for measuring reliability, and compare this method to energy monitor data for 122 households over 12 months. The results suggest that, while far from perfect, crowdsourcing provides a reasonably accurate method for monitoring reliability of access over time. We apply these findings to model energy reliability in a broader group of villages across Uttar Pradesh, India, demonstrating the existence of disparities between urban and rural reliability and seasonal fluctuations in reliability.

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