The report indicates progress in Global electrification rate estimated at 90 percent. This rate however, is unlikely to achieve indicator 7.1 unless the pace of growth in electrification accelerates to 0.9 percent annually.
The report further notes that regional electrification rates show different trends with Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern and south eastern Asia achieving 98 percent electrification. On the other hand, sub Saharan Africa achieved 46 percent in the same period where it accounts for three quarters of world population without access to electricity.
Rural electrification still remains a challenge globally at only 84 percent compared to 97 percent in urban areas. To meet the sustainable Development Goal on electricity access, Governments need to address issues related to affordability, reliability and extension to isolated areas/ informal settlements.