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Picture Energy Poverty

Liberian doctors doing night rounds by the light of their cell phones. Teenager boys in overcrowded cells when power outages in Sierra Leone cast a juvenile prison into pitch dark. A pensioner in Ukraine struggling to cope with a two hundred and eighty percent increase in gas prices.

Over the past few months, stories and images from The Energy Action Project, EnAct, have shown PUF readers the harsh reality of how energy poverty affects individuals and societies. This close-up reporting makes it staggering to consider that almost half the global population still lacks access to modern energy.

But EnAct has also featured exciting initiatives such as the revival of water mills in Nepal’s remote hillsides, low-cost water purification through solar power in India, and aggressive action to curb load-shedding in Kathmandu.

So, we’re asking you all to get behind EnAct work in a very tangible way. By providing them a little support. The EnAct crowd-funding campaign is both personal and corporate contributions.

With some great rewards offered in return. Cool! Hanging EnAct outstanding photos in your office, lobby, or boardroom can show your commitment to ending energy poverty. A customized webinar can help you learn how to tell your own story more effectively. Corporate support can even include the chance to have your logo attached to an EnAct article in PUF.

To get the ball rolling, I’ve personally donated. If you’ve enjoyed EnAct reporting as much as I have, I hope you’ll meet or beat these launch contributions! Check out their Indiegogo page.


Is your organization impacting the debate as a member of the PUF community? Nearly two hundred utilities, commissions, consumer advocates, associations, agencies, professional firms and vendors are members. How about yours?

Steve Mitnick, Editor-in-Chief, Public Utilities Fortnightly

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