Powering on: unfathomable depths under the surface If you live in a place where the lights turn on with a flip of a switch, you might take electricity for granted. You might not think much of the technology, systems, networks, and government bodies that make power, and specifically electricity, possible. However, there is a great deal going on behind the light switch that you should be aware of because electricity is fundamental to modern life, it keeps us safe and healthy and helps economies around the world grow. As the World Bank reminds us, “Energy is inextricably linked to every other sustainable development challenge.” But today, there are still more than 1 billion people around the world who do not have access to electricity, and even more who do not have access to reliable electricity. As organisations and governments work together to improve access to electricity, the way we produce electricity is shifting. The fact is that the rapidly decreasing cost of renewable energy technologies can help countries expand access to power with a very low carbon footprint. But it is also a fact that renewable energy technologies cannot meet this demand alone. Stable, flexible, and affordable power (that can… Read full this story
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