Energy Access in Mexico

Case Study with the Finance institution Te Creemos

July - August 2019


Energy access is multidimensional. In order to quantify and address energy demand and energy needs of the rural population, it is highly necessary to implement tools that are not limited to a purely binary assessment (household connected/not connected to the grid). Assessing energy needs shall take into account a wider range of attributes, measuring energy access in terms of affordability, reliability, quality, and safety of energy, as well as include the possibility of using modern and alternative sources (e.g., solar home systems, mini-grids).
The purpose of this pilot study was to
  • Analyze the access to energy of a sample of clients of the Mexican microfinance institution Te Creemos
  • Collect a large amount of household data within few weeks
  • Perform energy access assessment according to the Multi-Tier Framework (MTF) developed by the ESMAP sector of The World Bank.
The sample - and the evaluation of the energy access attributes - allows also to evaluate a baseline with respect to SDG 7: Affordable, reliable, and safe energy for all. The case study is also a pioneer application of the Progress out of Energy Poverty Index (PEPI), which is also based on the MTF.

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