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Across the world, renewable energy is creating a distributed, digitized revolution in the way communities produce and consume power. Join Power for All as we talk to the people working on the front lines of bringing electricity to nearly 1 billion mostly rural poor by 2030, the UN deadline for achieving universal energy access. Designed to stimulate discussion through in-depth interviews, informed analysis and powerful stories, the podcast highlights the trends, latest innovations, research, news, events, policies and impacts of distributed energy systems in the Global South, especially sub-Saharan Africa and developing Asia.

Power for All is a coalition of 300+ organizations campaigning to ensure that everyone on the planet has reliable, affordable and modern electricity before 2030. Visit powerforall.org for more.
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In this interview, William Brent speaks to Raffaella Bellanca, leader in access to energy at the World Food Program (WFP), discussing a critical link between school feeding initiatives and decentralized renewable energy. In support of this year’s UN Food Systems Summit, this podcast is part of a special series focused on the critical link between food systems and decentralized renewable energy, aimed at highlighting game-changing ideas in Africa and Asia that can help ensure sustainable energy for all and improve farmers’ lives.
In this episode, William Brent speaks with Magda Moner and Sandor Szabo, leading researchers in rural development and renewable energy at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and co authors of the research paper Mapping of Affordability Levels for Photovoltaic (PV) Based Electricity Generation in the Solar Belt of Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia, and South Asia. They shed some light on the impact of their research on affordability of solar PV grids in rural electrification and why it is a more sustainable option.
In this episode of the Power for All podcast, Anand Prabhu Pathanjali speaks with Kristina Skierka, founder and CEO of Power for All about the campaign’s six-year journey on the road to ending energy poverty.
In this episode of the Power for All podcast, William Brent speaks with Shilp Verma, a Researcher at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), and a leading expert on the nexus of food, water, and solar energy. In support of this year’s UN Food Systems Summit, this podcast is part of a special series focused on the critical link between food systems and decentralized renewable energy, aimed at highlighting game-changing ideas in Africa and Asia that can help ensure sustainable energy for all and improve farmers’ lives.
In this episode, William Brent speaks with Todd Moss, Founder and Executive Director of the Energy for Growth Hub and an expert on energy, finance, and foreign policy, on the recent launch of a new framework called the Modern Energy Minimum, or the Minimum, for short, which calls for a huge jump in ambition for what the global development community considers basic energy access. This was developed by 14 scholars who looked at data, historical trends and came up with this framework that includes household consumption as well as non-household usage.
In this episode of the Power for All podcast, William Brent speaks with Seth Silverman and Morgan DeFoort of Factor[e] Ventures, a builder of companies working at the intersection of food and energy. This podcast is a series highlighting the critical link between food systems and decentralized renewable energy in support of this year’s UN Food Systems Summit. The goal is to shed light on game-changing ideas in Africa and Asia that can help ensure sustainable energy for all, improve farmers’ lives, and support economic growth. Factor[e] has been one of the earliest investors in this space, exploring the opportunity to scale the food value chain on the back of renewable energy.
In this episode of the Power for All podcast, William Brent speaks with Andrew Herscowitz, Chief Development Officer at the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), who has been deeply engaged on development issues for more than two decades. Before joining DFC, he was the coordinator of the Power Africa program where he oversaw the addition of 16 million new electricity connections across the continent.
In this episode of the Power for All podcast, William Brent speaks with Jeff Stottlemyer of CLASP’s Clean Energy Access program. COVID-19 has highlighted a silent humanitarian crisis that has persisted for far too long -- the fact that hundreds of millions of people in Africa and Asia are still served by rural health clinics that have no electricity. While efforts to change that are gaining momentum, what’s come to light in the process is that this is much more than just about deploying solar panels and some batteries and ensuring that these systems are operated and maintained in the long term. As important, if not more, is the need for medical devices that are able to work in these clinics once they’re electrified. CLASP’s new report published through the Efficiency for Access Coalition talks about this critical, yet underappreciated challenge.
In this episode, Divya Kottadiel speaks with Jesctina Izevbigie, Gender Manager at the Clean Cooking Alliance about the progress made and the challenges faced in promoting greater gender equality in the renewable energy sector, and more specifically in the clean cooking space.
In this episode, Power for All’s William Brent speaks to Tracy Dolan, knowledge lead at EEP Africa, about clean energy innovation and employment, the challenges and opportunities in the sector, and the launch of the Rising Energy Leaders Award. Here are some key takeaways from the conversation:
In this episode, Power for All’s Divya Kottadiel speaks to Shalu Agrawal, programme lead at the Council on Energy, Environment, and Water (CEEW) on the Indian Residential Energy Survey 2020, the largest pan-India survey conducted by CEEW and ISEP on energy access and consumption patterns in Indian households. The survey covered 14,850 households from 152 districts in the 21 most populous states, accounting for 97 percent of the Indian population.
In this episode, Power for All’s William Brent speaks with Benjamin Attia, senior research analyst at Wood Mackenzie about his take on energy access sector trends for 2021. Here are some of the takeaways from what he had to say.
In this episode, Power for All’s William Brent speaks with Takehiro Kawahara of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, discussing developments in the energy access sector that we should be watching in 2021.
In this episode, we speak with Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO of SEforALL and the United Nations Secretary General Special Representative for SDG7, about financing for energy access, challenges the market is facing and innovations that offer hope for the future. This podcast is brought to you by Energy Catalyst, an Innovate UK programme that supports innovators working in Africa and Asia to achieve universal energy access. Below are key takeaways from our conversation with Ms. Ogunbiyi .
With storytelling that stretches across his time living in Guinea-Bissau with the Peace Corps to founding one of the most influential advocacy organizations in the U.S., this podcast featuring Adam Browning of Vote Solar is a great way to wind-up 2020. Adam delivers expert insights into the role of activism in policy change and the importance of staying open to opportunities that bring your values to life. Listen now to learn why 2021 will be the best year yet for the global renewable energy sector.
In this episode, Gillian-Alexandre Huart, the first CEO of ENGIE Energy Access, a new energy unit launched by ENGIE, speaks about creating an integrated business model that can bring together solar home systems, minigrids and national distribution. ENGIE, one of the world's largest energy companies, has been a leader in pushing for rural electrification in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, through its acquisitions of household solar companies Fenix, Mobisol and Simpa Networks, and its own minigrid provider, Powercorner. It has ambitious goals to impact 20 million people, but also to achieve scale and profitability.
In this podcast, Shonali Pachauri, Acting Program Director of the Transitions to New Technologies at IIASA in Austria discusses a new framework to measure energy poverty developed by her and her colleagues at IIASA that better aligns with services that people lack rather than merely capturing the absence of connections to sources of electricity. This framework distinguishes between two aspects of energy poverty - the conditions of supply, and the conditions and circumstances of households. The objective in developing this framework was to find an alternative to the too simplistic SDG indicators that underestimate energy poverty and the more complex multidimensional framework of the World Bank, which while a real step forward, is difficult to scale up to the global level.
The pandemic has exacerbated severe inequalities in developing countries in terms of access to education. We spoke with UNESCO Regional Director for Southern Africa, Prof. Hubert Gijzen about why advances in off-grid solar technologies are catalytic to ending the digital education divide.
The correlation between energy poverty and food security is self-evident. But less clear are the steps needed to strengthen this critical nexus. We spoke with Power for All's chief of research Dr. Rebekah Shirley to help frame a complex issue, and explore what kind of action and data are needed to align the two development goals.
85% of off-grid solar customers say their financial situation has worsened since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and one-fifth reported paying for energy as a "heavy burden". We spoke with 60 Decibels director Kat Harrison to understand where things stand, where they are headed and what's at stake.
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