The International Energy Agency (IEA) published its new “Energy Access Outlook: From Poverty to Prosperity” report stating that the role of coal in the pathway to universal electricity access is declining “dramatically” in comparison to the past.
According to the report, coal has contributed to nearly 50 percent of the progress from 2000 to date, but its role is projected to decline significantly.
One of the main reasons is the fact that not only renewables are becoming more affordable, but mainly due to the flexibility that they allow.
As IEA stresses, the people who are the hardest to reach live in remote, rural areas where off-grid solutions are more suitable and offer access to electricity at a lower cost.
The role of renewable energy, especially decentralised off-grid technologies, has been gaining increased momentum as between 2000-2012 they provided 28 percent of new access to electricity, with the figure rising to 34 percent between 2012 and 2016.
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