How much energy do we need for ensuring a decent standard of living for everyone? This is one of the basic questions at the heart of energy planning, yet it is one that is hardly addressed in any meaningful manner. Energy demand projections rarely show how exactly the proposed energy use will lead to better standard of living for all. For example, many projections estimate energy demands based on energy requirement for GDP growth. Yet, GDP growth by itself does not necessarily result in provision of basic needs for everyone.