Interview with Lucas Davis on the Electricity and Air Conditioning Project in Sierra Leone

July 2021

Energy and Economic Growth Blog

The Energy and Economic Growth Blog interviews Lucas Davis, a Faculty Affiliate of the Energy Institute, in discussing his research on electricity and air conditioning in Sierra Leone.

“Sales of residential air conditioners are booming worldwide, to almost 100 million units annually. That means every hour, 10,000 new residential air conditioners are sold somewhere on the planet. My co-authors and I are interested in the economic and environmental impacts of this growth. A typical room air conditioner uses 20 times more electricity than a ceiling fan, so air conditioning adoption threatens to dramatically increase electricity demand, particularly during peak periods when the grid is already stressed.

Read more on residential air conditioners in Sierra Leone in The Economist.

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