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Energy Poverty

Support Solar, But Not At The Cost Of The Working Poor

Jeff Johnson | Posted 07.16.2014 | Green
Jeff Johnson

Low income households that are already spending a significant portion of their income on household energy costs shouldn't be saddled with additional financial burdens because of their wealthier neighbors' decision to install rooftop solar systems.

Why the Greenest World Cup Ever Highlights a Shocking Reality

Gemma Hume | Posted 07.10.2014 | Green
Gemma Hume

While the organizers of the World Cup should be congratulated on their commitment to renewable energy, this tournament highlights the huge disparity between the investment in energy access in rich and poor countries.

Off-Grid, Clean Energy Access Market Valued at $12 Billion

Justin Guay | Posted 07.10.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

One in five people around the world, approximately 1.3 billion people, lack access to electricity.

The Inherent Opportunity in Today's Energy Poverty Crisis

Loukia Papadopoulos | Posted 04.23.2014 | Green
Loukia Papadopoulos

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.

Calling All Village Infrastructure Angels

Justin Guay | Posted 01.26.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

While it's potentially clean energy's next big market, off grid clean tech suffers from an acute lack of finance. That's the barrier to ramping up e...

Fighting African Energy Poverty Without Serious Harm to the Environment

Romy Chevallier | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Romy Chevallier

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.

Haiti: Give Me Light, Give Me Life

Justin Guay | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

Here in the US, we think about energy poverty as being oceans away in Africa or Asia - see President Obama's new Power Africa initiative. But while ...

Can This Lantern Put An End To Energy Poverty?

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 11.02.2013 | Impact

Across the globe, more than 1.5 billion people live in energy poverty, a dangerous and oppressive condition that a group of innovators hopes to wi...

How to Avoid 'Band-Aid' Solutions on Expanding Energy Access

Andy Schroeter | Posted 10.20.2013 | Impact
Andy Schroeter

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.

Powering Africa: The Hope and the Promise

Robert A. Freling | Posted 09.18.2013 | Green
Robert A. Freling

In many sub-Saharan African nations, as much as 90 percent of the rural population lacks access to electricity. No lights. No refrigerators. No computers. Nada, Zippo, Zilch.

U.S. Leaders Working Toward 'The Future We Want' in Rio

Peter Yeo | Posted 08.25.2012 | Green
Peter Yeo

As we sit in our cool homes and offices this week, it's a good time to tune into what's going on in Rio, and be mindful of the work our leaders are doing.

Radical Idea! Let's Use Technology to Genuinely Help People

Andy Pemberton | Posted 02.08.2012 | Impact
Andy Pemberton

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.

Shine On, Sister: Solar Entrepreneurs Make a Big Impact

Nicole Skibola | Posted 10.15.2011 | Impact
Nicole Skibola

The problem of energy poverty does not equate to the absence of a solution, but rather has begun to showcase the ingenuity and creativity of a network of women equipped with solar lanterns.

Kia Makarechi

A Former Investment Banker Brings Light To East Africa

HuffingtonPost.com | Kia Makarechi | Posted 10.10.2011 | Impact

Katherine Lucey spent 20 years as an investment banker focused in the energy sector. Now, she endeavors to bring clean energy to rural east Africa and...

Tackling Energy Poverty

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marcia G. Yerman

I met with Pearson when she was in New York City to launch "Lifeplayer," an MP3-enabled radio that she described as bridging "Internet, cellular, media player, and radio technologies."

Energy: The Ugly Duckling of the Development World?

Hugh Whalan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Hugh Whalan

The high profile attention energy is starting to receive is exactly what is needed to jumpstart one of the biggest development challenges of our era.

Energy Poverty: NGOs Question How the World Bank Will Bring Power to the Powerless

Chad Dobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Chad Dobson

As the Bank shapes its energy sector strategy, civil society emphasized that World Bank energy investments must absolutely prioritize energy access for the poor, as well as low carbon development.

Peabody Coal's Plan to Save the World... or Itself

Bruce Nilles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bruce Nilles

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.

South Africa's dirty secret: Eskom and the Medupi power plant

Khadija Sharife | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Khadija Sharife

The Beijing dragon breathes, and as it does - given that China has since become the world's major emitter of carbon dioxide (CO2), overtaking even the...

Energy: At the Nexus of Climate, Poverty, and Global Security

Robert A. Freling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert A. Freling

Rural villages can now bypass the age of fossil fuels and catapult themselves into a bright, sustainable, carbon-free future.