Almost two years ago, the United Nations declared 2012 the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All, successfully bringing much-needed attention to the once overlooked problem of energy poverty.
There is no simple response to the development dilemma of providing increased energy access to the poorest, particularly in light of impending threats of climate change and increasing international pressure for all countries to reduce their overall global carbon emissions.
While those of us that live and breathe rural electrification are thrilled to see initiatives like Power Africa, all stakeholders involved must work together to create more effective approaches for widespread energy access to be achieved sustainably.
As companies are lionized and richly rewarded for the latest tweak in the field of consumer electronics, it's easy to forget that there are many for whom basic technologies are still hopelessly out of reach.
Just like other dangerous and corrupting corporations before it the coal industry when feeling the pressure in the U.S. has always tried to target the workers, communities and countries least able to resist their abuses.