The roughly one-in-six people who live beyond the reach of electric grids are a massive potential market for any company that can get them power. Right now, that business belongs to startup ventures, because multinational corporations and local utilities are either unable to reach them or uninterested, according to a new industry report.

Baker & McKenzie: Renewables can play a major role in the electrification of Sub-Saharan Africa because they can compete with conventional energy sources, particularly away from the limited transmission networks or developed fuel transportation hubs. But It is important to adopt the right long-term approach and to structure investments appropriately.

ADB has signed a $2 million equity investment in Simpa Networks, a company that offers a simple, prepaid payment platform to enable affordable clean energy solutions for underserved consumers in India.

Clean energy is "one of the greatest economic opportunities of all time," said John Kerry, U.S. secretary of state. "Access to energy is the essential ingredient of economic development. You can't create jobs in the dark," he said, adding combating climate change and reducing energy poverty are "two interconnected challenges that cannot be separated."

A new CPAN Policy Guide provides guidance for developing country policy makers and their advisers when considering the specific measures necessary to ensure that chronically poor people are included in efforts to deliver sustainable energy for all.

Reuters unwraps a new World Bank report that explores how global warming threatens developing countries in sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia.

Two new reports found that developing countries invested a total of US$112 billion in renewable energy in 2012, up 19 percent from 2011.

A new World Bank program is helping developing countries map their renewable energy potential in a new way that produces rich, nationwide data.

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