energy poverty

Going Off Grid: Tata Researchers Tackle Rural Electrification

February 5, 2016 by Energy @ MIT

Rural Electrification

More than 300 million people in India have no access to grid electricity, and the problem is especially acute in rural communities, which can be difficult and expensive to reach with grid power. But researchers are exploring ways to extend electricity access to such communities using microgrids.[read more]

Laying it All Out: How Low Income Communities can Win with the Clean Power Plan

February 5, 2016 by NRDC Switchboard

Clean Power Plan Impacts

A hidden gem in the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan (CPP) is the potential to benefit low-income communities. However, residents and advocates of these communities - often the hardest hit by dirty power - need to be ready in order to realize these benefits.[read more]

Will Data Unlock Billions in Solar Investment for the Poor?

December 17, 2015 by Justin Guay

Data and Dealing with Energy Poverty

When it comes to unlocking solar energy for the world's poorest citizens, it's really all about the money. That's why this week's announcement that beyond the grid solar firm BBOXX will lead the industry's first ever securitization is really big news.[read more]

22 Organizations Helping to End Energy Poverty Now

December 16, 2015 by David Lawrence

Every week, more than a million children are born into the world to feed, clothe and shelter. And the greatest growth in population comes from many of the least developed nations. Today, in this rapidly expanding world, 1.3 billion people still have no access to electricity.[read more]

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Mobile Money: The Answer to Sustaining Revenue for Off-Grid Energy Service Providers?

October 27, 2015 by Varun Mehra

Off-Grid Energy Financing

Providing access to electricity is a pressing need for over a billion people on this planet. Off-grid solutions can be attractive in areas where the centralized grid may not have reached. But the high overhead and transaction costs associated with providing off-grid solutions can be problematic for these businesses.[read more]

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Rural Electrification in Rwanda: Technical and Policy Challenges

October 1, 2015 by Vivian Li

Rwanda Energy Poverty and Access

Rwanda, a small, landlocked country in East Africa, has demonstrated an impressive commitment to moving past the tragedy that befell them in the early 1990’s. Today, the country is ambitiously running forward with its development goals, including energy access.[read more]

Rural Energy Access in India: A Comprehensive Report

October 1, 2015 by Johannes Urpelainen
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India and Energy Access

Rural energy poverty is increasingly recognized as a major obstacle to sustainable economic development in developing countries. The United Nations Sustainable Energy for All initiative has played an important role in the international policy effort.[read more]

Why Should Climate Philanthropy Care About Energy Access?

July 2, 2015 by Justin Guay

Energy Access Efforts

Investing in clean energy access provides a disruptive opportunity to revolutionize electricity systems and get on the right side of the politics of development -- philanthropy just hasn't realized it yet. To be fair, philanthropy needs to step up it's game on climate across the board.[read more]

Will Silicon Valley Take On Clean Energy Access?

May 29, 2015 by Justin Guay

Clean Energy Access

With interest from Elon Musk to a16z's Steven Sinofsky, momentum in Silicon Valley may be heading in an unlikely direction -- towards addressing energy poverty. Energy poverty, which affects 1.2 billion people around the world who lack access to electricity, is the greatest challenge of our time.[read more]

Can PRI Finance Unlock Clean Energy Access?

April 15, 2015 by Justin Guay

Clean Energy Access and Financing

Access to finance is the largest barrier to ending energy poverty for millions around the world - and foundation capital may be critical to overcoming it. So, with little fanfare Swiss fund manager Responsability unveiled a milestone for clean energy access markets - the first dedicated debt fund totaling $30 million.[read more]

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Key Challenges to Energy Access in the Developing World [VIDEO]

April 2, 2015 by Patricia Levi
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Developing World Energy Access

Two videos that were compiled from a discussion panel on the subject of energy for human development illustrate many of the key themes and challenges that are involved in providing better and more reliable energy access to developing countries.[read more]

Who Could Benefit Most from Fair Electricity Pricing? Low-Income Customers

March 30, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Energy Pricing Reform

Urban dwellers, for whom mass transit is a central part of daily life and owning your own rooftop is less common, may view electric cars, rooftop solar, battery storage, and on-site energy generation as appealing, but also abstractions more suitable for upstate homeowners than those living in the city.[read more]

SunEdison's Next Market: Solar Minigrids and Micropower Stations for the Energy Poor

March 7, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

In a conference room in Manhattan, large screens glowed with the SunEdison logo. The gathering was not a sales pitch for SunEdison, argued CEO Ahmad Chatila. “We hope next year there will be many more companies here with us, and more after that,” Chatila told the audience during an impromptu address.[read more]

Let's Talk About Solar Energy and Equity

February 24, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Solar and Energy Equity

We need to have “the talk” about solar power and equity, because ignoring uncomfortable questions will invite misinformation and bad decisions. We need an informed dialogue about how local solar power can impact low-income communities and communities of color in the U.S.[read more]

Can Ending Energy Poverty Abroad Create Jobs at Home?

February 17, 2015 by Justin Guay
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Energy Poverty Progress and Job Creation

An innovative American company called All Power Labs has a creative and interesting approach to tackling the challenge of energy poverty, one that has turned existing ideas about development aid and manufacturing jobs on their head.[read more]