Off-grid 74 – Electricity Market Design for the Prosumer Era

Tuesday March 29th, 2016 - Smart Villages


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The Lighting a Billion Lives CONVENTION 2016 is an international forum for universal energy access that brings together practitioners, funders, policy makers, government agencies, development initiatives and businesses to collaborate on developing pathways and measures towards scaling up energy access.

CONVENTION 2016 is hosted by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). Smart Villages is a senior partner for the event alongside premier partner UK Aid. Several members of the Smart Villages team including project co-leaders Dr Bernie Jones and Dr John Homes will be presenting at the conference.

Smart Villages will also announce the winners of the India Off-grid Energy Impact Competition during CONVENTION 2016.

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Electricity Market Design for the Prosumer Era
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Endless Energy is All Around Us — And this Woman Has a Brilliant Idea for How to Harness It
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