Energy for Growth Hub
Better Metrics and Data

Harnessing Geospatial

Satellite imagery and modern data processing can revolutionize electrification planning.

The Issue

Policymakers decide how to invest hundreds of billions of dollars in energy infrastructure each year. But in many emerging markets, these decisions are made in the absence of high-quality data. Distributed sensing, satellite imagery, and artificial intelligence could help but are currently underexploited.


Inefficient investments in infrastructure are common due to poor information. Modern data-collection and information technology can assist policymakers to more quickly and efficiently deliver flexible, responsive energy systems.

Our Approach

The Hub explores and promotes the potential of cutting edge geospatial data collection and processing in energy systems planning. We aim to help decision makers understand the technological options to make infrastructure choices consistent with national development goals.

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