Scaling ‘Power for All’ at 2015 Clinton Global Initiative
Campaign to Engage the Global Renewables Sector to Accelerate Efforts to Leapfrog “Energy as Usual” and Advance Renewable, Decentralized Energy for 1.1 billion Energy Poor
NEW YORK, 5 October 2015 – This week Power for All, a global campaign dedicated to promoting the fastest, most cost-effective and sustainable approach to universal energy access, and the Global Off Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA) announced a commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to recruit and train 100 new partners to join its coalition.
“Distributed renewable energy (DRE) solutions are proving a cost-effective, faster and more sustainable way than traditional ‘steel in the ground’ approaches, of reaching the energy poor,” said Kristina Skierka, Founder and Campaign Director of Power for All. “While the DRE sector has experienced rapid growth in recent years, it has yet to be widely perceived as the core solution to achieving universal energy access. Our CGI commitment seeks to change this perception and accelerate the path to universal access.”
In their “Scaling Up Power for All” commitment presented at CGI, GOGLA and Power for All committed to recruiting 100 Power for All partners by September 2016. Power for All campaign partners are public, private or non-profit organizations that recognize the need for a new paradigm for energy access. Campaign partners agree to the Power for All declaration and partnership principles (which include commitments to action), including advancing distributed renewables in order to accelerate energy access. In return, partners receive access to training, data, materials and high-leverage opportunities to engage in advocacy and education as a sector.
Today, DRE provides energy to more customers than many of the largest global electrical utilities in the world. In fact, evidence suggests that the DRE, based on an achievable growth rate, can deliver universal energy access in half the time for 10 percent of currently predicted costs. Based on this data, DRE can meet the UN’s SE4ALL/Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 target for access to reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all well ahead of the 2030 deadline.
About Power for All
Power for All is a global education and advocacy campaign founded by energy access practitioners and implementers to advance renewable, decentralized solutions as the fastest, most cost-effective and sustainable approach to universal energy access. Power for All—whose founders include d.light, the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association, Greenlight Planet, Off-Grid Electric, Practical Action, and Solar Aid—is committed to delivering access to energy for to the 85 percent of the 1.1 billion people without reliable power that live in rural areas before 2030. www.powerforall.org
The Global Off Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA) is an independent, not-for-profit industry association. Conceived out of a joint World Bank/ IFC Lighting Africa and private sector initiative in 2012, GOGLA was created to accelerate access to energy, help scale the off grid lighting sector and develop the market. GOGLA represents its members as the voice of the industry and promotes the solutions they offer. www.gogla.org
Source: Global Off Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA)