The Integrated Rural Energy Utility (IREU): Making energy service delivery more sustainable

Date: 2007 – 2009
Client: Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP)
Location: Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa and Kenya
Outcome: The IREU investigated the feasibility, practicalities and requirements of establishing integrated models for energy service delivery in rural areas. Rural areas are notoriously difficult to service, being characterised by scattered settlements, high unemployment, poor infrastructure, etc. The study reviewed various energy service delivery models in South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya, investigating the feasibility of integrating grid and off-grid service options. A prominent consideration for off-grid energy services included LPG, a well positioned thermal fuel which, when accompanied by PV electricity, presents a complete and distributed household/institutional energy solution.