Access Of Modern Energy Is A Combination Of Three Characteristics : Availability, Affordability And Reliability

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Access to modern energy is a combination of three characteristics: availability, affordability and reliability (Reddy, 2015). We can also measure a percentage of the world population with access to affordable and reliable electricity sources (i) and the percentage of people who primarily rely on modern, non-solid fuels (ii) (Wykes et al., 2015). Combined, these two percentages are relevant indicators. The percentages of population per country with access to electricity (i) and modern non-solid fuels (ii) are currently being measured by The World Bank (The World Bank Database, 2015). In total, 1.2 billion people in the world have no access to electricity while 1 billion more have access only to unreliable services. Finally, nearly 3 billion people rely on solid fuels for everyday energy requirements (United Nations Foundation, 2013) 7.2 increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix by 2030 This target is measurable: it is the share of the world’s total energy consumption that comes from renewable energy. Moreover, tracking the percent change of that share from year to year will indicate whether it is increasing or not. However, the target should be rephrased because “substantially” is not something we can quantify. A clearer target could be set, by stating that said share should increase, for example, five-fold by 2030. The International Energy Agency (IEA) measures what fraction of the world’s energy comes from renewable sources in Energy

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