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| October 2016 | People: the Real Power Behind Energy Access
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Power to the People

With so much attention on finance and policy, the decentralized renewable energy sector can sometimes lose sight of what we're all really fighting for: the opportunity for people to live better lives. As a new report from our partner Practical Action reminds us: no one knows this more than the people most affected by energy poverty, and we will only succeed if we learn from and empower those living in energy poor communities. In this article, we profile some of the incredible groups and individuals already leading the way. Read about the pioneering communities who built 1000 micro-hydro plants in Nepal, those at the heart of the Kenyan solar energy boom, and more »

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100+ Partners Driving Power for All

A year ago, Power for All announced a goal to recruit 100 partners. This week, we are proud to report that 125 organizations—representing civil society, companies, and associations—have joined the campaign. Together, with the passion, innovation, and tireless advocacy of people from across the sector, we are making great strides to #endenergypovertyfaster. Learn about the coalition

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Image: We support Power for All

Power for All will take the action of many. Without those who form our campaign—practitioners, advocates, villagers, officials, funders—we can't succeed. To celebrate everyone who is working to achieve energy access, and to mark reaching our 100 partner milestone, we have created a shareable image. We hope you will use it, and continue to showcase that Energy Access Does Not Have to Wait! Download the image »

Mr. Desh Deepak Verma, Chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission

In Conversation with... Mr. Desh Deepak Verma

Great leadership from all of those combatting energy poverty is transformative, but none more so than the Chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission—responsible for bringing power to 200 million people. In this interview, Mr Verma tells us why mini-grids are vital for energy access, and how local communities opened his eyes to their potential. Listen to the Q&A »

Young woman in solar irrigated field

YouTube: Power for All Channel

To highlight the inspiring people championing decentralized renewables, we pulled together some of the top energy access videos in a new YouTube channel—from the 14-year-old boy who built his own wind turbine, to the women in Benin who have used solar irrigation to help 66,000 people get fresh fruit and vegetables. View the videos and share your favorites with us »

Fact Sheet: Keeping Families Healthy & Safe

Fact Sheet:
Keeping Families Healthy & Safe

This month, we begin the first in a series of "Powering Development" Fact Sheets to profile the wide-ranging impacts of distributed renewables. We launch by highlighting the extraordinary benefits that clean power is bringing to health and safety—electrifying hospitals, pumping clean water, and reducing fire-risk by 70 percent. Get the Facts »

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Campaign Update

In October, Power for All will be hosting a booth at the Nigeria Alternative Energy Expo, taking Ministers to visit decentralized renewable initiatives in Zimbabwe, facilitating financing workshops in Sierra Leone, and much more. Check out September's top highlights, and find out what's happening this month »

We can achieve universal energy access by 2030—but only by listening to the voices of those who have for too long been ignored

Poor People's Energy Outlook 2016, Practical Action
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