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Our High-Energy Planet

April 9, 2014 by Max Luke

One billion people lack access to electricity, and billions more still burn wood and dung for their basic energy needs. Our High-Energy Planet, a new report from an international group of energy and environment scholars, outlines a radically new framework for meeting the energy needs of the global poor.[read more]

Tackling Energy Poverty with Renewables?

April 8, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Renewables and Energy Poverty

As economies and populations grow, standards of living improve for billions of people, and with it the need for energy continues to rise. Or as World Bank Group President Dr. Jim Yong Kim put it “energy is a critical part of boosting prosperity and eradicating poverty.”[read more]

LIHEAP Advocates Make Push For Greater Funding on Capitol Hill

March 31, 2014 by Lisa Dundon

LIHEAP and Funding

Advocates from around the country descended upon Capitol Hill in support of funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The block grant program provides assistance to low and fixed-income individuals for fuel and utility bills, as well as weatherization and energy-related repairs.[read more]

New Orleans' Peak-Time Rebate a Strong Draw for Low-Income Customers

March 28, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Peak-Time Rebate

No matter how much customer engagement is talked about, many utilities seem to have trouble interacting with low-income customers. But the results from one pilot funded by the DoE’s Smart Grid Investment Grants found one pricing plan enabled by smart meters was well received by low-income customers.[read more]

Norway's Investment Can Help End Energy Poverty

March 27, 2014 by Justin Guay

Solar and Energy Poverty

Against the fervent protests of global coal lobbyists, Norway is considering divesting from coal while doubling down on investments in renewable energy and sustainable development internationally. These initiatives could unleash billions in investments in renewable energy around the globe.[read more]


Characterizing Energy Access, Climate Change, and Innovation

March 24, 2014 by Matthew Stepp

Energy Access, Climate, and Innovation


The United Nations recently declared the next ten years the “Decade of Sustainable Energy for All,” and there is perhaps no better way to kick off the decade than with a compelling discussion about how to actually reach this important goal.[read more]

Solar Power in a Bottle

March 20, 2014 by Justin Guay

Solar and Energy Poverty


There is no more innovative market than off-grid solar. From pay-as-you-go solutions to M2M technology, entrepreneurs are developing solutions tailored to the energy needs of the 1.3 billion people living in energy poverty around the world.[read more]

Energy Development and Poor Nations

February 28, 2014 by Roger Pielke, Jr.

Poor Nations and Energy Development

Having failed to stem carbon emissions in rich countries or in rapidly industrializing ones, policy makers have now decided to focus their attention on what is the only remaining target: poor and developing countries that do not emit much carbon to begin with.[read more]

Why You Don't Need Fossil Fuel to Fight Poverty. (Clean Energy Does it Better!)

February 26, 2014 by Daniel Kammen

Last year President Obama launched Power Africa, an initiative to double access to power in sub-Saharan Africa. In a parallel move, the House Foreign Affairs Committee leadership introduced the Electrify Africa Act to encourage access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa.[read more]

Energy and Environmental Relief for Emerging Nations

December 3, 2013 by Jim Baird

Energy Poverty and Countries at Risk

It will be far more productive in the long run for the developed countries to provide emerging nations with energy that mitigates the climate change problem than to pay them reparations that will, in the end, have a very limited remedial impact.[read more]

Haiti: Give Me Light, Give Me Life

November 27, 2013 by Justin Guay

Haiti and Light Sources

Here in the U.S., we think about energy poverty as being oceans away, in Africa and Asia. But while the problem in these continents is acute, it turns out we have a tremendous problem brewing in our own backyard, in Haiti, where energy issues still lie at the heart of the country's residual poverty.[read more]

What Does Energy Inequality Look Like?

November 13, 2013 by Lindsay Wilson

Energy Inequality

Improving energy access is one of the great challenges of our time. In 2011 the average American used 4,569 kWh of electricity in their home. In the same year the combined residential electricity use per capita of Brazil, India, China and the 21 other countries was 4,485 kWh.[read more]

Solving Energy Poverty With Solar Light Bulbs: Nokero Product Review

October 19, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

Energy Poverty and Light

Can solar-powered light bulbs help end energy poverty for the 1.3 billion people who live without electricity? Maybe, if Nokero has anything to say about it. The company has launched a new series of solar-powered lights designed to replace the use of kerosene and other fuels for lighting.[read more]

Can Low-Income and Multi-Family Households Benefit From Energy Efficiency?

October 8, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

Low-income households spend about twice the percentage of their income on energy as compared to middle- or upper-class homes. Yet many residential energy-efficiency solutions are tailored only to the biggest homes, neglecting multi-family residences.[read more]

The Average Price of Electricity, Country by Country

September 25, 2013 by Lindsay Wilson

Worldwide Electricity Costs

Australia and Germany each just had an election. In both cases electricity prices were an election issue. That seems fair enough given that in both countries they are paying significant more $/kWh than most countries. Out of curiosity I thought I’d see who is paying more for their power.[read more]