The Center on Global Energy Policy hosted a discussion of Escaping the Energy Poverty Trap: When and How Governments Power the Lives of the Poor. In the book, co-author Johannes Urpelainen, Non-Resident Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy and Director and Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Professor of Energy, Resources and Environment and Founding Director, Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP) at Johns Hopkins University, explores why energy poverty is persistent in some countries and not in others. Why have some governments made rapid progress in ending energy poverty, while others are falling behind? What can governments, civil society, and international organizations do to help governments end energy poverty? Drawing on case studies from India, East Asia, Africa, and Latin America, Urpelainen and his co-authors assert that energy poverty is a policy problem, and engaging with it as such offers new opportunities not only for ensuring equal energy access, but also for political, economic, and environmental development. 

Following Dr. Urpelainen’s presentation, he joined Michelle Keane, World Bank Program Manager for the Sint Maarten Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience Trust Fund (SXM TF), on a panel moderated by Philippe Benoit, Adjunct Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy.


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