Milestones mark our lives, and this one is BIG.
India Has Achieved 85% Electrification
For the first time in our history, the population without access to electricity
fell below 1 billion.
In 1990, 1.6 billion (30% of global population) were in the
dark. Adding 2 billion people in 30 years, today just 14% are without power.
The 2018 World Energy Outlook from the International Energy Agency
touted this progress with 120 million people gaining access in 2017.
The greatest success with access to electricity
was in India, completing electrification of all its villages.
Bangladesh is now
80% electrified from 50% in 2000, and Indonesia’s electrification rate is now
95% compared to 50% in 2000.
In Africa, Kenya soared to 73% today from
just 8% in 2000. Stable policies and energy incentives do work in these
developing nations. The road ahead: there remain more than 600 million
people without electricity access in Africa (50%), and 350 million in
developing Asia (9% without access).
We should celebrate this milestone — and then redouble our efforts to achieve sustainable energy for all.