When smart people with skin in the game and logical arguments look at energy poverty and how best to approach it, wise concepts and ideas generally emerge, free of religious-like fervour full of anti fossil fuel messaging, and seeking to find the most efficient solutions, for all humans involved, like in the opinion piece we reference below.
Unlike net zero zealots and alarmists, who ignore the massive challenges of billions currently in energy poverty while calling for actions that DIRECTLY worsen the situation for the energy poor.
But enough of that. Well done to article authors Selestino Babungi and Kristina Skierka. We hope to hear more from you…
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OPINION: Reimagining utilities as a way to end energy poverty – Thomson Reuters Foundation
If the world is to succeed in ending energy poverty by 2030 (the aim of Sustainable Development Goal 7), utilities in low energy access countries and private sector companies must join forces to permanently “move the needle.” Developing countries have the unprecedented opportunity to create smarter grids, increase energy consumption and accelerate access, while cutting state losses and better serving consumers. Advancing a future of energy that is digitized, decentralized and data-driven will enable grid and non-grid energy to better collaborate, in order to maximize connections and improve human lives. This is not a traditional utility-scale approach; this is Utilities 2.0.