Energy forum: Energy poverty remains a worldwide challenge

Energy poverty, although concentrated in developing countries, challenges governments around the world, says an official of the International Energy Agency.At a forum last week in Houston, IEA Chief Economist Fatih Birol defined energy poverty in terms of numbers of people lacking access to electricity and relying on traditional biomass fuels for cooking and heating.After presenting highlights of IEA's recently published World Energy Outlook, Birol said 1.6 billion people have no access to electricity.Of that total, 580 million are in South Asia, mainly India, and 500 million are in sub-Saharan Africa. Four of every five people lacking access to electricity live in rural areas, Birol ...

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