Energy Challenge that EYC seeks to alleviate...

“Sometimes Appropriate Energy is the right answer”

“The future is green energy, sustainability, renewable energy.” “Any time and money spent on LNG is time and money not spent on renewable energy”

Energy poverty, is at the heart of the pain cycle in most developing countries.  

The end aim  of most energy policies is to substitute   firewood/chips, dung cake, kerosene, coke/coal etc. to cleaner sources of energy like LPG, PNG and Electricity. 

However the transition phase is likely to be long and grueling is our “reality check”.

For instance, nearly  50% of the country’s LPG consumption is imported. The import implications will mean energy insecurity, along with other things. Foremost being, what about the rural consumer’s ability to pay? Even if LPG is made available they will not be able to pay for it. Which boils down to having a massive LPG subsidy.

Our hypothesis is that, in the absence of targeted subsidies, LPG will not be the solution for the world’s poorest people. Subsidies don't fall from the sky, they have to be justified.

LPG subsidies are not the answer except for the urban upper middle class in most countries. Until LPG prices fall further or governments can get richer to afford such subsidies. It will be draining on the economy.

And all this for what purpose? A critical study of the initiatives in cooking energy, particularly in biomass cooking energy, points out that the bigger reasons for the energy crisis are  Lack of appropriate models, lack of small scale financing solutions and  lack of supply chain models.

The journey towards  sustainable energy self-reliance can happen only with the co-opting of biomass energy in the solution. A multi strategy cooking fuel approach – in our opinion – will be a wiser way to address our energy challenges rather than rolling out a “perfect energy solution” in the form of LPG and electricity.

The “earn while you cook” model – with its versatile fuel acceptance, green features like low smoke, high thermal efficiency, user convenience – and with the “residue-buy-back model” possibility – represents a mature approach to supporting the country’s transition to an all-out LPG terrain – by allowing “those in waiting” to wait at ease.