Op-Eds & Articles
April 4, 2019
Axios Voices: Global energy programs expand access but aim too low on goals
By Todd Moss
Electrification initiative Power Africa has been faulted in a USAID Inspector General report for overstating the impact of its development efforts by counting the delivery of solar lanterns as new electricity connections.
Why it matters: Accurate measures of progress are essential for reaching the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 7: to ensure reliable and affordable energy worldwide by 2030. Although global energy access has expanded, strengthening the measures used to track it could help make a more meaningful impact.
Read the rest on Axios here.
Infographic: Our Unequal Energy World
By Jacob Kincer
Entire countries use less electricity than some (pretty small) cities in the United States. Berea, Kentucky is a small college town of just 16 thousand and uses about the same amount of electricity as 5 million people in Liberia.
Recognizing the energy access challenges of informal urban communities in Africa
By June Lukuyu, Jess Kersey
Over one billion people globally are now estimated to live in slums or informal settlements.1 This population is growing as conflicts, natural disasters, and climate change fuel further displacement from rural areas.2 In sub-Saharan Africa, somewhere from 50-60% of the urban population of 200 million lives in informal communities that face structural barriers to securing legal access to the electricity grid. For residents of informal communities who cannot afford the connection fee or provide required tenancy documents (among other barriers), the only viable alternative is to connect informally through a local electrician.
Congressional Testimony: US Leadership and Energy in Africa
By Todd Moss
Todd Moss testified along with Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (World Trade Organization), Donald Kaberuka (African Union), and Rama Yade (Atlantic Council) at the House Foreign Affairs Committee Congressional Roundtable: "U.S.
Coffee Break Briefing with Kanika Chawla: Preview of the SEforALL Forum
By Katie Auth, Kanika Chawla
After multiple postponements, the Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) Forum will finally take place starting May 17 in Kigali, to share ideas to accelerate ending energy poverty, advance clean & just energy transitions, and raise the bar on energy access. To help set the stage, this Coffee Break Briefing features Kanika Chawla, UN-Energy Programme Manager at SEforALL.
Todd Moss speaks at the G20: "Achieving Global Energy Access Goals in the Decade of Action"
By Todd Moss
Todd Moss gives a presentation on the Modern Energy Minimum at the G20 Webinar Series "Achieving Global Energy Access Goals in the Decade of Action" on April 27, 2022. Watch his presentation on YouTube, or see it below: https://youtu.be/uZPPw1Kau8o?t=2804