Energy Access Explorer is an online, open-source, interactive platform that synthesizes and analyzes more than 25 geographic data sets (per geography) on both energy supply and demand. It is a multi-criteria analysis tool that uses location-specific resource availability and infrastructure data to represent energy supply. It also incorporates demographic data and data on social and productive uses to visualize demand for energy services. Together, these supply and demand indicators enable more comprehensive energy planning. Spatial analysis tools, including multi-criteria analysis, overlays, filters and buffer zones, help users identify and prioritize areas where energy access can be expanded.

The tool incorporates remote sensing data as well as data from global, national, sub-national and census databases that are either publicly available or provided by international partners and local stakeholders. It can host data available in various resolutions, scales and formats allowing for better or new datasets to be incorporated once available. The selection of data is based on a literature review and a survey WRI conducts on the importance of certain datasets in geospatial energy access planning. The list of essential data is reviewed by local stakeholders to ensure the platform is relevant and applicable in the local context.

See technical note for more detailed methodology

Methodological Flowchart of Energy Access Explorer