With the Urban Power program, cities identify gaps in their energy systems, develop energy resilience solutions and mobilize funding for implementation.​

Cities are creating power systems that are ready for a future where all residents have access to clean and reliable energy.

Urban Power Around The World

Cali is creating pathways for low-income residents to access solar power.

Cali, Colombia

Cape Town is closing the energy access gap for the populations that are the hardest for the grid to reach.

Cape Town, South Africa

Lagos is creating jobs by overcoming the barriers to scaling renewable energy production.

Lagos, Nigeria

Rio de Janeiro is making energy planning more inclusive by centering community voices.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Cities are also deploying Urban Power tools to apply a resilience lens to their energy system and prioritize areas for energy resilience action.

Addis Ababa, Ethopia
Monterrey, Mexico
The Hague, Netherlands

Why Build Energy Resilience?

Building energy resilience is an opportunity to reshape our urban systems and economies to provide for all urban residents and encourage cleaner, greener, and more resilient urban living.

When cities change their energy systems, they can make energy cheaper, more accessible, and reduce their carbon emissions.


of city dwellers globally lack consistent access to electricity

Urban Power Works Across Three Pillars.

Enabling a climate- focused energy transition

Cities are implementing clean energy solutions and fostering low-carbon development.

Delivering an equitable and just service delivery

Cities are collaborating with diverse stakeholders to reshape energy planning and expand energy access.

Creating new jobs in the green urban economy

Every step forward in the energy transition is helping cities unlock economic opportunities.

Project Phases

Energy Resilience Assessment

Cities participate in a holistic review of their urban energy systems utilizing the City Energy Resilience Framework including land scape analysis and an assessment of local resilience gaps, risks and vulnerabilities.

Read the results from Cohort 1

Project Identification and Co-Design

Through intensive workshops diverse groups come together to brainstorm solutions to the issues identified during the Energy Resilience Assessment. This focused effort fosters innovation, creating strategies tailored to the city context that enhance local energy resilience.

Project Acceleration

In the final phase of the Urban Power Program, five solutions will advance to a pre feasibility stage. This step assesses the solutions’ technical soundness, costs, and community alignment. The goal is to evaluate their potential success in the city’s context, focusing on strategies that can effectively enhance local energy resilience.

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Lagos State is grouping and standardizing renewable energy technology demand from public schools and hospitals to enable local RE manufacturers, assemblers, and suppliers to provide products more efficiently and affordably.
Facilitating local renewable energy manufacturing in Lagos
Cape Town aims to transition existing city-owned facilities in vulnerable communities into hubs that help them withstand loadshedding events.
Loadshedding Resilient Community Hubs in Cape Town
Rio de Janeiro is expanding its main solar generation project to ensure it works to provide energy access for low-income communities.
Expanding the Solario Carioca Program in Rio de Janeiro
Cali is enhancing its Sustainable Households program by implementing solar PV at the community level and increase energy and cost effectiveness.
Scaling the Sustainable Households Program in Cali

Program Resources

Read the assessment of the energy system of each city—discover their gaps, challenges and opportunities for building urban resilience. The Urban Power Profiles are the result of an in-depth data collection process followed by a series of workshops with multiple stakeholders—including civil society.

Read the executive summary


A Partnership For Change

The Resilient Cities Network, Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet and S&P Global Foundation are collaborating with local city actors to build urban energy resilience by empowering city governments to identify and solve energy challenges, mobilizing funding for urban energy resilience projects and implementing tools and programs for lasting on-the-ground impact.

News and Resources

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