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Development finance for the energy trilemma

How universal energy access is financed is crucial if targets are to be met by 2030

The most commonly accepted estimate of the financing needed to secure universal energy access by 2030 was made in the SE4ALL Global Tracking Report 2015. This forecasts an annual investment requirement of $50bn. However, based on commitments, the International Energy Agency foresees an average of only $19bn being invested in power plants and associated infrastructure yearly through 2030. To bridge this gap, innovative approaches will be needed to tap resources. Other important factors to consider include the variety of technology solutions, the multitude of stakeholders and the diversity of regional and national circumstances. With regard to attracting finance, one of the biggest obstacles

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