Policy Impact

As a World Bank consultant, I’ve worked alongside regulators, rural electrification agencies, ministries, developers, and World Bank project teams to support the scale-up of mini grids in Ethiopia, Haiti, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zambia. Recent projects include results-based financing for more than 50 private sector mini grid concessions in Haiti, revisions to mini grid regulatory frameworks in Rwanda and Zambia, analysis of the productive use equipment and microfinancing markets in Ethiopia, 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.