Equitable Electricity for Refugees (EER) in Jordan

 NRC
NRC

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), in partnership with the Jordanian startup Neurotec and Wattero will develop a solution to increase refugee and host community access to energy and control of energy consumption.

What is the humanitarian challenge?

Access to energy and control of one's own energy consumption has been identified as a core challenge for both refugees in camps and in host communities in Jordan. Energy is rationed in camps, limiting the number of hours in the day when the refugees have access to energy. In host communities, refugees report that energy expenses represent a disproportionate part of their monthly expenses, causing financial challenges and disputes with landlords.

What is innovative about this project?

The “Equitable Electricity Distribution for Refugees in Jordan (EEDR)” project will develop a mechanism to provide refugees with timely and accurate information on their energy consumption. Through the provision of an energy controller system that controls electricity consumption of households based on primary and secondary electrical needs, it will ensure minimization of electricity cuts that have a negative impact on primary needs. This will lead, in camps, to a fairer electricity access and efficient electricity usage. In host communities, the energy controller will allow households that have a shared meter and households with high electricity bills to benefit from an individualized device.

What are the expected outcomes?

The expected outcome of the project is an energy controller that will help provide fairer electricity access and efficient electricity usage in refugee camps. In host communities, the energy controller will allow households that have a shared meter and households with high electricity bills to benefit from an individualized device.