According to energy expert, Amory Lovins, CEO of the Rocky Mountain Institute, the energy industry has vastly misunderstood the scope of the energy efficiency resource. Lovins claims that it’s design, not technology that can achieve incredibly energy efficiency gains. Using his own home in the Colorado Rocky Mountains as an example, Lovins shows how simple changes in design have allowed him to grow banana crops using only natural sunlight and reduce the amount of energy he uses significantly.

On Thursday, pay-go energy company Fenix International, part of global utility ENGIE, said that it has electrified 30,000 Zambian households 9 months after expanding into the country by leveraging its partnership with telecom MTN. This rate of growth exceeds the company’s initial expectations and outpaces the industry average, according to the company.

On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico and destroyed an already weak electrical grid, leaving the island’s 3.5 million residents in the dark. Almost a year later, isolated parts of Puerto Rico are still without power and residents with restored electricity live in fear of the next widespread outage.  

Though it is no longer a news that access to modern forms of energy is required for the wellbeing of a society, access to reliable energy supply continues to be a challenge for sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and has greatly impeded development in the region. In this context, the sustainable development goal number 7.1 aims to provide universal energy for all by 2030.