|Rural Bangladesh End Use HH Energy Per Capita Per Month|
by Income Decile. Source: Rural Energy Survey 2005
Energy poverty can be a hard thing to define. Is it the same as income poverty? Or is it based on access to energy, not the actual amount of energy used? Energy for Development states four different was of defining energy poverty:
- “Minimum amount of physical energy necessary for basic needs such as cooking and lighting
- “Type and amount of energy that is used for those at the poverty line”
- “Households that spend more than a certain percent of their expenditure on energy”
- “The income point below which energy use and or expenditures remains the same, implying this is the bare minimum energy needs”
The main focus of energy poverty are developing countries but people need to realize there are others, closer to home that are afflicted with the same problem.
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