We cannot end poverty without ending energy poverty. With this certainty, The Rockefeller Foundation has launched the Global Commission to End Energy Poverty (GCEEP) to act on one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century: the lack of access to electricity for almost a billion people across the world, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. The GCEEP is comprised of heads of development banks, utilities, and off-grid firms, along with senior academics, industry leaders and investors. The Commission will operate under the joint chairmanship of The Rockefeller Foundation President Rajiv J. Shah, former U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz, and the Africa Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina. Throughout the course of the year ahead the Commission intends to forge a robust, actionable consensus that lays out viable pathways for providing electricity services to hundreds of millions of under-served homes and business more quickly and more cost-effectively than the current trajectory.
To make this effort possible, the Foundation has given the MIT Energy Initiative a grant, which has facilitated the release of an inception report developed by MITEI’s research team. The report frames the salient issues in the sector today and serves as a starting point for the Commission’s work. Visit endenergypoverty.org to find out more about GCEEP and read the inception report.