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from the editor

Mel Olken

energy for all
challenges associated with this goal

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The UniTed naTions General assembly unanimously declared the decade 2014-2024
as the decade of sustainable
energy for all (se4aLL), underscoring the importance of
energy issues for sustainable
development. in adopting the
resolution, the General assembly reaffirmed its determination
to make sustainable energy for
all a reality. The text calls upon
member states to galvanize efforts to make universal access
to sustainable modern energy
services a priority, noting that
1.2 billion people are without
electricity and 2.8 billion people in developing countries rely
on traditional biomass for cooking and heating. it expressed
concern that even when energy
services are available, millions
of poor people are unable to pay
for them.
The resolution stressed the need to
improve access to reliable, affordable,
economically viable, socially acceptable, and environmentally sound energy
services and resources for sustainable
development. To that end, it also highlighted the importance of improving
energy efficiency, increasing the share
of renewable energy, and cleaner and
energy-efficient technologies.
significantly, the resolution recognized the importance of giving appropriate consideration to energy issues in
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elaborating the development agenda.
The General assembly called upon
governments as well as relevant international and regional organizations and
other relevant stakeholders to combine
the increased use of new and renewable energy resources, more efficient use
of energy, greater reliance on advanced
energy technologies, including cleaner
fossil fuel technologies and the sustainable use of traditional energy resources,
to meet the increasing need for
energy services.

In This Issue
This background was the impetus driving
hugh Rudnick's proposal to cover this

urgent call for action in depth.
it led to the solicitation of six
articles, gathered from around
the globe. The first three offer
macro overviews of the opportunities and challenges that may
be encountered, while the following three look in depth at isolated
communities in different parts of
the world that only have access
either to simple sources of energy
and others that have access only
to very expensive or environmentally detrimental sources.
hugh Rudnick, in his "Guest
editorial," provides an analysis of the issue theme and an
introduction to the well-written
articles that detail the situation.
once again i am grateful to
him for the outstanding effort
entailed in providing the quality
of material that is available to us
in this issue.

Time to Vote
This year, beginning in august, will mark
the ieee election cycle where we as ieee
Power & energy society (Pes) voting
members determine the identification of
the division Vii director who is our representative on the ieee Board of directors.
The election itself will be for the office of
division Vii director-elect in 2015, who
will then serve as the director of the division in 2016 and 2017. The nominees for
the position, recommended by the Pes
nominations and appointments Committee, chaired by Past-President noel
schulz and approved by the Pes Governing Board, are John Paserba and alan
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