The United Nations (UN) is putting measures in place to ensure universal access to modern energy services by 2030. This comes after the International Energy Agency (IEA) released its statistics stating that 1.2bn people, or 16% of the world’s population, lacked access to electricity in 2014. Also the IEA predicts that tally will still be 784m by 2030.
Sub-Saharan Africa has about 65% of the population without access to electricity. India is a brighter spot: 81% of people are connected, almost double the rate in 2000, and the government has pledged power for all by 2022. The IEA is not quite so optimistic; it reckons that 56m Indians will still be without electricity in 2030. While in other parts of Asia, China boasts full power access: it has just wound up the largest electrification programme in history.