Global Commission to End Energy Poverty: Electricity Access

Working papers

Toward actionable electrification frameworks: Reassessing the role of stand-alone solar

Reaching universal energy access in Morocco: A successful experience in solar concessions

Selected publications

The Integrated Distribution Framework and the Global Commission to End Energy Poverty: Exploring pathways for accelerating universal access to modern energy services. Lee et al. Working Memo 2020. March 2020.

“Harnessing Africa’s energy resources through regional infrastructure projects.” A. Rose et al. In Duality by Design: The Global Race to Build Africa’s Infrastructure, edited by N. Gil et al., 130-160. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019.

Global Commission to End Energy Poverty: Inception report. J. Pérez-Arriaga et al. MIT Energy Initiative. September 2019.

Investigating the necessity of demand characterization and stimulation for geospatial electrification planning in developing countries. J. Lee et al. MIT CEEPR Working Paper 2019-018. October 2019.

“Optimal electrification planning incorporating on- and off-grid technologies: The reference electrification model (REM).” P. Ciller et al. Proceedings of the IEEE 107, no. 9 (September 2019): 1872-1905.

“A utility approach to accelerate universal electricity access in less developed countries: A regulatory proposal” Perez-Arriaga et al. Economics of Energy and Environmental Policy 8, no. 1 (2019).

“Integrating market and bilateral power trading in the South African Power” Rose et al. World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER) Working Paper Series 132. (November 2016).


“Resiliency and reliability planning of the electric grid in natural disaster affected areas,” Barbar, (Master’s thesis, MIT, 2019).

“Minigrids for electrification: Policies to promote industry growth,” Brusnahan, (Master’s thesis, MIT, 2018).

“Essays on the attitudes, behavior, and decision-making of income-constrained electricity consumers: Implications for integrative grid and off-grid business model planning,”  Rahnama, (Master’s thesis, MIT, 2018).

“Network partitioning algorithms for electricity consumer clustering,”  Oladeji, (Master’s thesis, MIT, 2018).

“Adaptive electricity access planning,” Lee, (Master’s thesis, MIT, 2018).

“Geospatial cost drivers in computer-aided electrification planning: The case of Rwanda,” Drouin, (Master’s thesis, MIT, 2018).

“Improving the performance of regional electricity markets in developing countries: The case of the Southern African Power,” Rose, (PhD dissertation, MIT, 2017).

“Enhanced techniques to plan rural electrical networks using the reference electrification model,” Cotterman, (Master’s thesis, MIT, 2017).

“The local reference electrification model: A comprehensive decision-making tool for the design of rural microgrids,” Li, (Master’s thesis, MIT, 2016).

“Feasibility of grid compatible microgrids,” P. Levi, (Master’s thesis, MIT, 2016).