While the definition for energy poverty varies from region to region, the underlying problem affects over 3 billion people in some shape or form and causes over 4 million deaths per year worldwide.
According to the 2018 IEA World Energy Outlook, there are currently 1 billion people in the world – 13% of the total population – with no access to electricity, while nearly 2.7 billion people – 40% of the world population – lack access to clean cooking facilities worldwide, relying instead on solid biomass, coal or kerosene as their primary cooking fuel. Energy poverty is also widespread in Europe. Up to 125 million Europeans are unable to guarantee thermal comfort during the hottest and coldest months of the year. Similarly, 33% of US households experience some form of energy poverty.
At Cleanwatts we find this trend deeply concerning. In 2021 we launched an award-winning initiative called “100 Aldeias” (100 Villages) designed to fight energy poverty through the establishment of renewable energy communities in at least 100 rural villages across Portugal. As part of the initiative, Cleanwatts will be delivering affordable clean energy to over 25,000 families. Community members experience markedly lower energy prices by purchasing locally sourced clean energy from prosumers, while prosumers themselves increase their returns by trading surplus energy within the community.
Contact us to find out how we can help your community fight energy poverty.