"According to the IEA, “modern energy access” is defined at 500 kWh/year for an urban household of five people. That’s only 100 kWh per person for an entire year. For rural households, the IEA threshold is half as much. Roger Pielke and Morgan Bazilian have a terrific essay in the National Academy of Sciences’ Issues in Science and Technology that points out how absurdly far these are from being meaningful targets.
To illustrate the disparity of consumption, we calculated how long it would take an average American to use up 100kWh. The answer: 66 hours."


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