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| September 2016 | SDG7: one year in, are we on the right path?
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SDG7: one year in, are we on the right path?

In a wake up call to national and international decision makers, the Overseas Development Institute examined the projected progress of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and found that a 'revolution' is needed to achieve SDG7—clean, affordable, modern energy for all—by 2030. Ahead of the first anniversary of the SDGs on September 25, this newsletter highlights how decentralized renewable energy (DRE) must be at the heart of that revolution, and looks at the critical role national policy must play. Here we provide a sneak peek into early findings from research by our Platform for Energy Access Knowledge team, which identifies the policy levers at the center of strong DRE markets in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Kenya and Tanzania »

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Infographic: Why we need a decentralized revolution

Infographic: Why we need a decentralized revolution

To meet SDG7, progress needs to be 3-4 times faster. This infographic is a stark illustration of how far off track we are in meeting basic energy needs. But decentralized solutions—such as mini-grids and solar home systems—can still plug the huge gap, and ensure that 1+ billion people are not left behind. Share this infographic and join our call to #endenergypovertyfaster »

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Podcast: Are We Really Solving Energy Poverty?

A business-as-usual approach to energy access will leave more people in energy poverty in 2030 than there are today. The Energy Gang caught up with Power for All for a high octane discussion on industrialization, urbanization, and a bold, new, decentralized approach to a clean energy future. Listen to the Greentech Media show »

Michael Leibreich, renewable energy pioneer and founder of Bloomberg New Energy Finance

In Conversation with... Michael Leibreich

Michael Leibreich, renewable energy pioneer and founder of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, gives his predictions for 3 key energy access trends by 2020, and explains why ultra-efficiency appliances will do for clean energy what the 'Green Revolution' did for agriculture. Listen to the Q&A »

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Insight: 5 Lessons from Kenya's Energy Access Boom

Kenya’s market for decentralized renewables is the fastest moving in Africa, with 3,000MW of micro hydro, a pioneering mini-grid program and 15-20 percent of Kenyan households already using solar. Micheni Murithii, a Kenyan official based in Zimbabwe, joined us to share learnings on how other countries can do the same with a focus on policy, perception and privatization. Learn Kenya's 5 energy access lessons »

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Fact Sheet: Making Energy Affordable

One of the main barriers to energy access is affordability. In India, the grid is bolstered by $2.8 billion in government subsidies each year, while in Tanzania, the cost for a family to connect can be over $1000. Decentralized renewable technologies are bringing clean power to millions of people at a fraction of the cost. Get the facts »

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Campaign Update

In September, Power for All will host an advocacy workshop at the WASHen event in Harare, engage officials from across the Nigerian government, launch new research at the LeNSes conference in Cape Town, and much more. Check out August's top highlights and find out what's happening this month »

If the aim is to deliver energy for all by 2030, then large, capital-intensive plants will not achieve the goal

—Africa Progress Report 2015: Power, People, Planet
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