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IEA: Providing electricity and sustainable energy for all is within reach.


OPINION How many economists do you know that you can call a rock star or a superhero? In our books, Fatih Birol, Chief Economist at the IEA (International Energy Agency) is up there with Superman and Captain Planet. That’s because no economist out there has so tirelessly advocated for help for the 3 billion people who lack access to electricity or depend on wood, charcoal, and other solid biomass fuels for cooking and heating. In his most recent statement, Dr. Birol points out that it would take only about 3% of the projected global energy investment of over USD 26 … Continue reading

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But what does it really mean to be energy poor?


In reading up on the IEA’s World Energy Outlook released today, I stumbled upon the most compelling and sobering picture of what it means to be energy poor in this world today. The excerpt comes from a the acceptance speech given by WOE director, Dr. Fatih Birol, in 2006.  Read the whole speech here. Energy Economics: A Place for Energy Poverty in the Agenda? Fatih Birol* Unfortunately, the energy-economics community has given far less attention to the challenge of energy poverty amongst the world’s poorest people. Over the past five years, less than 20% of the articles that have appeared … Continue reading

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