If you're reading this post, chances are you have access to energy all-day everyday, so it may be difficult to wrap your head around the fact that there are billions of people around the world who are living without access to this fundamental resource.
Fortunately, we are living in an exciting time where technology is allowing us to leapfrog over the barriers that were preventing access to reliable power in many parts of the world. Going forward, you will begin to see many more distributed energy resources (DER's) that are not tethered to the grid or reliant on a fossil fuel.
The following video is a Thought Leadership piece we did as a part of our involvement with SBC Energy Australia on the subject of solving energy poverty.
40% of the worlds population do not have access to reliable power; that's over 3 billion people that live in energy poverty. The problem is the power grid, it doesn't extend to all parts of the globe and it never will because it's so expensive to install, and for those people that live at the grids edge and beyond, the vast majority rely on diesel generators to get their energy. Which beyond the environmental consequence they're also quite expensive to run, but even if you can afford the fuel, it doesn't mean that it's going to be available.
So the answer moving forward is to leverage modern renewable energy technologies to deliver power in a distributed model of giving it direct to the consumer where they live and work, utilizing microgrids and potentially even blockchain for peer-to-peer energy transfer. So just like many communities have leap-frogged over traditional landline phones and gone straight to mobile phones, our power delivery system is going to be no different. The world is going wireless, and energy is too.