Energy Opportunity Forum

Over half of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa has no access to electricity. Hospitals in these regions struggle to provide healthcare, food, and vaccines get wasted due to lack of cooling, And businesses struggle to improve productivity. At the same time, a third of United States households experience energy insecurity – many forgo food or medicine to pay utility bills, live in unhealthy conditions, or face utility disconnections altogether. Governments, experts, and civil society have highlighted the urgency to accelerate the use of reliable, affordable, and sustainable energy for catalyzing overall well-being and development. How do we unleash this energy opportunity so individuals and communities across the world can realize their fullest life potential?

Join the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs for the inaugural Energy Opportunity Forum hosted by the Energy Opportunity Lab (EOL).

The annual Energy Opportunity Forum brings together global leaders, champion practitioners, policymakers, and community leaders who are deploying innovative sustainable energy solutions to catalyze healthy and prosperous communities in the United States and emerging economies.

The Energy Opportunity Lab catalyzes opportunities for improved life chances by producing actionable research, holding strategic convenings, and collaborating with communities to identify practical, equity-focused policy solutions that can help to eradicate energy insecurity in historically disadvantaged communities across the United States and enable energy for development globally. EOL was launched during COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, in November 2022.


  • Welcome Remarks
  • The Energy Opportunity Lens
  • Keynote Address: Transcending Boundaries in the Pursuit of Energy Opportunity
  • Policy and Practical Solutions for Addressing Energy Insecurity in the United States
  • Unlocking Financing for Productive Uses of Renewable Energy in Africa
  • Climate, Conflict, and Migration: Contextualizing Recent Developments in Haiti
  • Closing Remarks

This event will be hosted in person in New York City. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with access details.

This event is open to the press, and registration is required to attend. For media inquiries or requests for interviews, please contact Natalie Volk (

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Event Contact Information:
Center on Global Energy Policy


Nov 17 2023


9:00 am - 12:15 pm


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Formats (virtual, in person, hybrid)



Faculty House (Columbia University)
64 Morningside Drive (enter on 116th Street)


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