Policy Impact

As a World Bank consultant, I’ve worked alongside regulators, electrification agencies, ministries, developers, and World Bank project teams to support the scale-up of mini grids in Haiti, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zambia. Recent projects include a tender for over 50 mini grid concessions in Haiti, revisions to mini grid regulatory frameworks in Rwanda and Zambia, and a compensation mechanism for mini grid developers in Tanzania for the transfer of their assets to the utility when the main grid arrives.

Policy Publications

Knuckles, J. (co-author and co-managing editor) et al. (June 2019). Mini Grids for Half a Billion People: Market Outlook and Handbook for Decision Makers. Washington, DC: The World Bank. This is the most comprehensive report on mini grids published by the World Bank to date.

Knuckles, J. (2015). “Mali: Programs to Support Private Mini-Grids for Rural Electrification,” in: Policies to Spur Energy Access: Volume 2 edited by Walters, T., et al. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Tenenbaum, B., Greacen, C., Siyambalapitiya, T., and Knuckles, J. (2014). From the Bottom Up: How Small Power Producers and Mini-Grids Can Deliver Electrification and Renewable Energy in Africa. Washington, DC: The World Bank.

Knuckles, J., Evans, C., and Simpkinson, K. (2010). Catalyze: US-Brazil Innovation Learning Laboratories. Washington, DC: Council on Competitiveness.

Invited Talks and Presentations

2019 The 5th Mini Grid Action Learning Event, Accra, Ghana
“Launch of the Comprehensive Mini Grid Report” and “Enabling Business Environment”
2019 World Bank Master Class on Mini Grids, Washington, DC
“Mini Grids Market Snapshot”

2018 2nd International Conference on Solar Technologies & Hybrid Mini Grids to Improve Energy Access, Palma, Spain
“How to Make Mini-Grids More Sustainable?” and “Market Drivers for Scaling Up Mini Grids”

2017 World Bank Master Class on Mini Grids, Washington, DC
“Introduction: What Are Mini-Grids, and Mini-Grid Business Models”

2013 UNDP Conference “Fighting Poverty with Power,” Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
“Can We Attract the Big Financial Players to Invest in Rural Electrification?”

2013 UK DFID Seminar “Green Mini-Grids”, London, United Kingdom
“From the Bottom Up: How Small Power Producers and Mini-Grids Can Deliver Electrification and Renewable Energy in Africa.”