Are electric cooking appliances the future of clean cooking? Report

Eighteen months have passed since A2EI, in collaboration with Nexleaf, Modern Energy Cooking Services (MECS), and PowerGen, initiated a pilot to answer the question: are electric cooking appliances the future of clean cooking? 100 participants located across six different mini-grid-connected villages were trained on the usage of electric pressure cookers (EPCs) and given EPCs connected to smart meters that monitored their usage.

This study concerns data from 100 users across six solar mini-grid sites in Tanzania that used electric pressure cookers as part of a fourteen month pilot conducted from March 2020 to May 2021. Users were initially cooking at cost-reflective tariffs, which were reduced in October due to regulatory changes. From January 2021 on, power restrictions were implemented across the sites in order to minimize losses for the utility.

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