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How “Energy Poverty” Is Stifling Job Growth in the Developing World

Energy Poverty conventionally refers to the lack of household electricity. Over 1 billion people live without reliable sources of electricity — but a new group seeks to change how we think about energy poverty.

My guest today, Todd Moss is the founder and executive director of the Energy for Growth Hub, a new think tank. that seeks large scale solutions to end the kind of energy poverty that can stifle industrial and commercial development in the developing world.

We kick off talking about energy poverty–specifically why the traditional definition of that term may be an inadequate understanding of the problem. We then have a lengthy discussion about the link between big scale energy solutions, global development and climate change.

The Sustainable Development Goals call for “inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.” Todd Moss argues convincingly that without the kinds of large scale energy solutions for industry, that goal will prove elusive.

If you have 20 minutes and want to learn about energy access in the developing world, have a listen

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