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As Global Energy Access Improve, Cost and Reliability Lag (Axios)

July 2, 2019

From the article:

"Progress continues to be made on global energy access, with the latest report from the International Energy Agency finding that 89% of the world’s population is connected to electricity.

The big picture: These impressive, rapid gains have kept the world on track toward the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7): modern energy access for all by 2030. As household access improves, the agenda to combat energy poverty is shifting to affordable and reliable access for business.

Where it stands: The number of people living without electricity has dropped to 840 million, from 1.2 billion in 2010.

Kenya and Bangladesh made the fastest progress over the past 8 years, driven by aggressive government investments in last-mile connections.

The greatest challenges will soon be limited to sub-Saharan Africa, where the report projects that 90% of the world’s 650 million people still without electricity access will live in 2030..."


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