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Welcome to The Current, 2017 - Q3 Edition:  Gender & Energy Access

While development economists have long discussed the importance of empowering women to take a role in the leadership of their communities, many sectors continue to lag behind. For this issue, The Current editors sought insights from development, finance, and industry experts on the nexus of gender and energy access around the world. Their insights on this critical intersection of energy and equality appear below.

Liquefied Petroleum Gas: A Healthier Way to Cook

By Richenda Van Leeuwen

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that up to four million people die prematurely every year as a result of household air pollution (HAP) largely caused by cooking with solid fuels, principally wood and charcoal. Their use also causes significant forest loss. In some countries, collecting firewood in rural areas is not only an arduous daily task, but also dangerous, especially for refugee girls and women. To address, therefore, the urgent need for healthier and scalable solutions to be made available and adopted faster, a global consensus is now emerging to support the use of biofuels, LPG, electricity and natural gas ("BLEN" solutions) for cooking in developing countries.

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Why Women in Leadership Across Multiple Sectors is Key to Ensuring Sustainable Energy for All

By Stacy Swann

In emerging markets, there are two key areas that are known to contribute to economic growth: Access to Energy and Access to Finance, and how well gender considerations are mainstreamed in efforts to scale up access to energy and finance can be important determinant of success.

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Small Businesses: An Approach to Addressing Energy Access and Gender Inequality

By Aysha Rajput

With women generally underrepresented in the workforce, small-scale energy access businesses are proving an effective way to provide women with sustainable employment opportunities in their energy poor communities. Empower Generation (EG), a Nepal and U.S.-based nonprofit, provides low-interest loans and training to rural Nepalese women, empowering them to start their own businesses selling clean energy products in their communities.

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SEforALL to create new People-Centered Accelerator to support gender equality, social inclusion and women’s empowerment

By Jane Olga Ebinger

In 2015 the world’s leaders agreed on two significant objectives: to put the world on a pathway to “well below 2°C” and to meet the challenge of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Achieving these historic milestones requires us to move toward a global society with net zero emissions and which provides for everyone more equitably than we do today.

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Powering Africa, Empowering Women

By Denise Mortimer

Power Africa is a U.S. Government-led partnership that aims to double access to electricity in Africa by 2030 – increasing generation by 30,000 MW and creating 60 million new connections. The partnership consists of U.S. Government agencies and over 140 public and private partners. Transforming Africa’s energy sector will require new ideas, new ways of doing business, innovative technologies and new players in the field. Power Africa understands that effective transformation and innovation depends upon on capitalizing on the skills of African women and men.

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WCEE is grateful to our Woman of the Year sponsors:

Angel Sponsors

American Public Power Association
PG&E Corporation

Sustaining Sponsors

Akin Gump
Bracewell LLP
Berkeley Research Group LLC
Customized Energy Solutions
ClearView Energy Partners LLC
Edison Electric Institute
Hogan Lovells US LLP
K & L Gates LLP
Large Public Power Council
PG&E Corporation
Thompson Coburn LLP
Van Ness Feldman LLP
Winston & Strawn LLP

Women in Leadership

Electric Power Supply Association
Healy Law Offices
Husch Blackwell LLP
Jennings, Strouss & Salmon
Keller and Heckman LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
McCarter & English LLP
PG&E Corporation
Schiff Hardin LLP
Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP
United States Energy Association
Wright & Talisman PC



The Current Team

Marketing and Communication Section Chair:
Kate Courtin

Managing Editor:
Jake Shimkus

Marketing and Communication Section Members:
Alexandra Campbell Ferrari, Doreen Wong, Jayne Brady, Mary Fay, Meghan Gross, Molly Bauch, Nadia Merdassi, Patricia McMurray, Tenley Dalstrom, Tori Thompson, Jennifer Saunders, Olga Chistyakova

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