International report points to progress on electricity access, but finds clean cooking solutions and renewable energy in transportation and heating need to be bolstered. More people on the planet have access to electricity than ever before, however, the world is on pace to fall short on the goal of affordable and sustainable energy for all by 2030, according to an international report on the state of international energy. Meeting that goal, which was set as part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, will require innovative solutions— such as solar lighting and full-home systems, as well as mini-grids—to serve the poorest and hardest to reach people, the authors wrote. The Energy Progress Report released today found about 840 million people (about 11 percent of the people on the planet) now live without electricity, which is down from 1 billion in 2016, and 1.2 billion in 2010. Most of the progress over the past few years in connecting people was made in India, Bangladesh and Kenya. Despite this progress, there is still a rural-urban divide: with the rural access rate at 79 percent, compared to 87 percent in urban areas. A bulk of those without electricity—573 million—are in Sub-Saharan Africa, […]

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