Energy Access or Energy for Development?
By Emma Brush and Alex Trembath
Obviously, universal energy access is a worthy goal.
But the problem with “energy access” is that, as a problem definition, it elides many of the challenges communities face. About a third of those who subsist on wood and other forms of biomass do in fact have some access to electricity; the far larger problem is that they remain isolated from modern fuels, infrastructure, and economic opportunity.