D e c e m b e r  2 0 1 8 — Volume 26, Issue 12

GENI-us Letter 2018-12

First Time In History: Less Than One Billion People Lack Access To Electricity

Dear GENI Friend,

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.

Earth At Night : Africa

50% Of Africans
Remain In The Dark

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.

Happy Holidays,

Peter MeisenGENI's 25th Anniversary Seal -- 1987-2012
Peter Meisen, President

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