Universal Integrated Energy Plans

With only 10 years left to achieve SDG 7.1, governments need to know where to focus, funders need to know which solutions to support, and solution providers need to understand which communities to target. Universal integrated energy planning is a ‘power tool’ that helps direct resources effectively and efficiently to where they are needed the most.

A number of countries have developed or will soon develop an Integrated Energy Plan (IEP). Across these efforts, we have identified a need for more rapid planning, consistent data standards, more inclusive planning processes, and inclusion of clean cooking within planning efforts.

Our Universal Integrated Energy Plans programme will set the standard for what a best-in-class IEP should be and will advocate for the widespread adoption of IEPs to guide universal energy access efforts. We also want to turn our words into action by working with governments to showcase, learn from, and commission, best-in-class IEPs.  

Our activities

Setting the Standard: SEforALL will create practical tools and knowledge products that help ‘set the standard’ for best-in-class IEPs. These foundational activities will focus on, among other things:

  • Data: Improving the availability, quality and consistency of data used in geospatial, integrated energy access planning. This will involve defining key data ‘standards’ and securing the buy-in of organizations involved in the development of IEPs in the use of high-quality data;  
  • Governance: Promoting good governance practices in the development of IEPs (e.g. inclusive stakeholder consultations);
  • Cooking: Developing a new paradigm for energy access planning that incorporates cooking into integrated electrification planning and explores how geospatial, integrated energy planning tools could advance the clean cooking agenda;

Country-level Advisory Support: Provide tailored advisory support to countries that have developed or are developing an IEP to help them better utilize their IEPs and translate them into policies, finance and action;

Filling the Gap: Commission IEPs in countries where IEPs may not exist or where they could be improved upon (including clean cooking);

Building Demand: Use high-level advocacy to secure political buy-in on integrated energy access planning and the role of distributed energy for meeting energy access goals. This will involve facilitating South-South learning.