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Last edited at 8:32AM on 5/16/2011
Access to electricity is crucial to human development as electricity is, in practice, indispensable for certain basic activities like lighting, refrigeration and the running of household activities, thus it cant easily be replaced by other forms of energy. Based on a detailed country-by-country database updated, it is estimated that in the year 2009 the number of people who do not have electricity was 1.4 billion or 20% of the world's population. And 85% of those people live in rural areas.
Global statistics like these take a long time to compile. I assume you have the statistic that 1.6 billion people lived with no electricity as of 2008. We can extrapolate and estimate that there is about 1.7 billion people now living with no electricity in their homes, but that is just an educated guess. I got that by using the 25% ratio of people with no power and multiplied by the current global population. Best info: http://www.globalissues.org/article/26/poverty-facts-and-stats