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COP 20 in Lima: Africa at Disproportionate Risk from Climate Change

December 3, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Africa and Climate Risk

Even though big countries’ global leadership on climate issues is crucial for any meaningful progress in international climate talks, it is important not to lose sight of the fact that many countries in Africa and Asia exhibit the dangerous combination of high vulnerability and low readiness to climate change.[read more]

How the US-Africa Summit Can Catalyze Africa's Rise

August 5, 2014 by Alex Trembath

US-Africa Summit and Future Planning

When African heads of states meet for the US-Africa Leaders Summit the challenge of raising millions of Africans out of energy poverty is poised to take center stage. Adding to this conversation are the Electrify and Energize Africa Acts, legislation being moved through the House and Senate, respectively.[read more]

Four Things The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Can Do For Beyond the Grid Solar

August 4, 2014 by Justin Guay

Africa Summit

Earlier this summer, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced at an event in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a groundbreaking new $1 billion initiative as a part of Power Africa dubbed "Beyond the Grid." The initiative builds on more than 25 small-scale energy projects already in the Power Africa pipeline.[read more]

Africa: New Land of Opportunity? Ashley Kelty Points to the Positives

August 3, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Oil and gas equities analyst Ashley Kelty has more than 14 years experience in the oil and gas sector. Kelty joined Cenkos Securities Plc from the Lloyds Banking Group (formerly Bank of Scotland) oil and gas team, where he was responsible for the management of a portfolio of debt clients.[read more]

Why VATs on Solar Energy Hinder Progress on Energy Poverty

July 28, 2014 by Justin Guay

Solar Taxes and Energy Poverty

What difference can a value added tax make to the lives of those living in energy poverty? A big one. Currently, many countries in sub-Saharan Africa apply a value added tax (VAT) to clean energy products like solar lanterns and solar home systems.[read more]

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Africa and Energy Development

Six of the best performing economies have come from Africa in the past six years, but energy poverty continues to be a significant barrier for development goals. Sub-Saharan Africa will need to power its factories, hospitals, schools, and other foundational infrastructure with cheap and reliable sources of electricity.[read more]

IAEE President: Range of Prescriptions Needed to Address Africa's Nuanced and Varied Energy Challenges

June 19, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Africa Energy Needs and Challenges

Many in developed economies often think and speak about Africa in a one size fits all context, and of course nothing could be further from the truth. The vast continent is a diverse tapestry of sovereign nations with varied geography, demographics, religions and energy-related challenges.[read more]

Solar Panels Are Not Cell Phones

June 18, 2014 by Max Luke
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Solar and Cell Phones

Hold the mobile phone. While solar panels have become cheaper in recent years, they are still the most expensive way to generate electricity, and still far more expensive than fossil fuels, especially in natural gas-rich regions like Africa. Solar has come down in price, but nothing like cell phones.[read more]

What To Look For in an E&P Company: Foucaud's Secrets for International Investing

June 13, 2014 by Jim Patrick

International Energy Investment

Stephane Foucaud is managing director of institutional research at FirstEnergy Capital LLP. Before joining FirstEnergy, he was head of oil and gas research at Fox Davies Capital and senior oil and gas analyst at Société Générale in London, covering Royal Dutch Shell, BP, BG Group, Statoil and Cairn Energy.[read more]

President Obama and Private Investors Move $1 Billion Beyond the Grid

June 11, 2014 by Justin Guay

For a while it seemed as though the Power Africa Initiative was more about powering oil and gas profits than delivering energy access to those that need it most. However, thanks to recent bipartisan leadership in the House of Representatives, this threat has passed.[read more]

Transnational Energy Infrastructure as Backbone of Potential 'Regional Power Pools' in Africa

May 30, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Transnational Energy Infrastructure

It is no news that across the African continent infrastructure investment and thus development has lagged behind. According to estimates by Jean Claude Gandur, founder of Addax Energy, Africa has been investing 4 percent of its GDP in infrastructure, compared to China’s 14 percent.[read more]

Why You Don't Need Fossil Fuel to Fight Poverty. (Clean Energy Does it Better!)

February 26, 2014 by Daniel Kammen
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Last year President Obama launched Power Africa, an initiative to double access to power in sub-Saharan Africa. In a parallel move, the House Foreign Affairs Committee leadership introduced the Electrify Africa Act to encourage access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa.[read more]

Electrify Africa Act Needs To Change Course

February 21, 2014 by Justin Guay

Africa Energy Problems

The direction Power Africa, Obama's initiative to address energy poverty in sub-Saharan Africa, is headed is worrying. Worse, the Electrify Africa Act, which supports this initiative, is under pressure from big industrial players who are more interested in new natural gas plants than ending energy poverty.[read more]

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Loss Reduction Could Fund Kenyan Renewables Expansion [INFOGRAPHIC]

November 22, 2013 by Aedan Kernan

Kenya Renewables Expansion

Kenya and other African countries are under pressure to add renewable generation, expand electricity access and keep electricity costs affordable. There is a hidden source of funding that they can tap - reduction in network losses.[read more]

BBOXX & Off-Grid Clean Tech 2.0

November 19, 2013 by Justin Guay

Off-Grid Clean Tech

Off-Grid applications are clean technology's next big market. Nowhere is this more true than Africa where the International Energy Agency predicts population growth will outstrip grid expansion to leave 645 million without power.[read more]