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Eskom says global universal power access project taking shape

South African power utility Eskom says it is working with a range of global utilities on a plan to address prevailing high levels of energy poverty, which excludes one in five people from access to modern energy systems – about 40% of those individuals live in sub-Saharan Africa.

In fact, the International Energy Agency estimates that 1.3-billion people lack electricity to light their homes or conduct business, while twice that number still rely on wood, coal, charcoal or animal waste to cook their food.

The plan to improve access is being driven by United Nations (UN) secretary general Ban Ki-moon, who has already declared 2012 ‘The International Year of Sustainable Electricity for All’.

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