Will Doig writes in the Atlantic that the need for electricity is pretty much ubiquitous now, and should be everywhere. In the current current crisis in New York, people are " standing around the electrical plugs like cavemen around fire"
We really shouldn't have to be crawling under tables, or sitting on the floor in airports anymore. More in The Atlantic Cities
"Common sense says that at one point electricity was expensive and unreliable, and you wouldn't just let anybody walk up and use yours, but these small electronic devices use such a small load," says Malcolm McCullough, professor of architecture and information design at the University of Michigan. "Recharging is becoming a basic infrastructural need in cities, like subways or lights."