Global access to electricity has increased significantly in recent years

9 June 2017

The US Energy Information Administration’s most recent briefing ‘Today in Energy’ reports that an examination of the general increase in global access to electricity during the past two decades shows a significant rise between 1994 and 2014.
According to the most recent data from the World Bank, says the briefing, 15% of the world’s population—approximately 1.1 billion people—lacked access to electricity in 2014. However, access has been generally increasing over the past two decades. In 1994, approximately 27% of the world’s population lacked access.
Part of the increased is attributable to the faster rate of population growth in urban areas; the share of the world’s population living in urban areas grew from 44% in 1994 to 53% in 2014. Urban areas tend to be more electrified, but most of the world’s population without access to electricity live in rural areas. In 2014, 27% of the world’s rural population did not have electricity access compared with 4% of urban populations.”

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