The COVID-19 pandemic has added urgency to addressing Energy Poverty challenges. Local energy initiatives can support local employment, while bringing benefits to vulnerable consumers. In more developed countries, energy communities can deliver the energy transition at citizen level. For rural areas lacking access to electricity, it appears essential to encourage the role of private investors in micro-grid development to accommodate the basic and future energy needs of developing countries. The G20 could stimulate the discussion through a global annual conference on energy poverty to identify and disseminate the best practices, and to engage the least developed countries.
Research Fellow, ISPI Centre for Business Scenarios