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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

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

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]


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]

Graph of the Day: Africa Power Needs

October 12, 2013 by Roger Pielke, Jr.

Africa and Energy Demand

A post at the Center for Global Development by Todd Moss and Madeleine Gleave asks the important question, how much power and energy development does Africa really need? Their answer (based on estimates) is ... a lot.[read more]

Largest African PV Project To Begin Construction in Early 2014

September 28, 2013 by Joshua Hill

Ghana is to become the home of what would be Africa’s largest solar power plant and now, according to PV-Tech, construction of said project is expected to begin in 2014. UK’s Blue Energy is the company behind the solar power plant, which is set to come in at 155 MW.[read more]

Power Africa or Power Oil and Gas Profits?

September 12, 2013 by Justin Guay

Africa and Energy

Slowly but surely one of the most pressing development issues facing the international community, energy poverty, is getting the recognition it deserves. President Obama announced a signature initiative, Power Africa, to address the issue with $7 billion in US Taxpayer dollars.[read more]


Africa Unplugged: Energy Access a Costly Barrier to Growth

September 3, 2013 by Phil Goodwin

Africa Unplugged

Before the advent of the modern communication, humankind was limited to either word of mouth or protracted written communication sent over land or sea. It’s almost impossible to imagine in a digital age that it could ever have taken so long to send information to each other.[read more]

Short-Term Pain, Long-Term Gain For EMEA Wind Energy Market

August 24, 2013 by Joshua Hill

Africa Wind Energy

MAKE Consulting are predicting short-term pain but long-term gain for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) grid-connected wind market, according to the inaugural EMEA Wind Power Outlook Report that was published earlier this month.[read more]

Electrical Grid and Africa: A Perspective on What's Missing

July 4, 2013 by Yael Borofsky

With the announcement of the Obama administration’s Power Africa initiative, the President shifted the universal electricity access dialogue from one focused on small scale interventions to wide reaching, reliable, clean power systems.[read more]