Electricity planners often confront the energy access gap by increasing supply, without considering how consumers actually use and pay for electricity. Creating a lasting solution is actually far more complicated.
India has committed to to provide 24-7 power to all households by 2019. Unlike previous targets, this time around, there seems to be more excitement that the goals might indeed be achievable.
WRI energy experts Lily Odarno and Sanjoy Sanyal discuss how advances in data, technology and finance can bring power to the 600 million sub-Saharan Africans lacking access.
Access to electricity is recognized as fundamental to development, and many efforts are under way across developing countries to scale up access, both in terms of providing basic supply and enabling people to move up through the energy tiers. However, it has become apparent that providing a...
When delegates gather in Quito for Habitat III to adopt the New Urban Agenda for sustainable cities, they should keep in mind people like Adelaida, a banker and mother in Accra, Ghana, where unreliable, expensive electricity is a challenge. As a forthcoming paper of the World Resources Report shows, ensuring access to affordable energy and the economic opportunity it brings will be essential for a sustainable, prosperous urban future.
New research from the International Energy Agency shows that cities represent 70 percent of the cost-effective emissions-reduction opportunities between now and 2050. Director for Sustainability Kamel Ben Naceur shared this and other findings at a recent WRI event.
WWF and WRI have partnered to develop a roadmap for creating Sustainable Energy Access Forums (SEAFs) at the country level. The roadmap offers a multi-stakeholder approach to strengthening the enabling environment around (a) investments, (b) planning, and (c) policy and regulation of clean...
A new partnership between the state of Virginia, a local utility and Microsoft shows how states can quickly and affordably bring more renewables online.
Most of the energy information out there is on physical grid connections rather than quality and reliability issues, like frequency and duration of power outages. Two innovative data initiatives are emerging to gather this information and improve electricity access in India.
WASHINGTON (November 27, 2015)—Yesterday, Unilever announced a number of new sustainability commitments ahead of the Paris climate talks (COP21), including a goal to become "carbon positive" by 2030.
The company announced the following goals for its operations: