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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]

Energy: The Oxygen of Africa's Growth and Development

June 29, 2013 by Kristine Pearson

Energy and Africa

Historically people associate the sound of Africa as the roar of the lion; but in reality, it’s been the roar of the diesel generator. Herds of these archaic beasts are on the prowl in cities, towns, factories, mines, businesses and big farms.[read more]

Putting Africa On A Clean Power Path

February 22, 2012 by Nino Marchetti

According to the United Nations, 1.4 billion people—one in five globally—don’t have access to modern electricity, and 3 billion people still rely on solid fuels like wood and coal for cooking and heating. But there might be hope for improving the situation by emphasizing clean energy sources appropriate for particular areas of...[read more]

Media’s Scant Attention to Royal Shell’s 1.68 Million Gallon Spill

January 3, 2012 by Rod Adams

Mainstream media outlets treat nuclear energy in a way that is diametrically different from energy sources that advertise heavily.Advertiser supported media sources wrung their collective hands and did everything they could to promote and extend the legs of the story about damage to the Fukushima Daiichi reactors. That frequently covered...[read more]

SELF and The Quest to Bring Solar to The World

April 18, 2011 by Matthew Van Dusen

There are 1.6 billion people living in darkness, without access to electricity. The Solar Electric Light Fund, or SELF, has been trying for decades to bring solar power to off-the-grid places – illuminating the developing world, village by village, clinic by clinic.[read more]

African Bound – Unchartered Territory for CDM

February 11, 2010 by Climatico Analysis

Wind farm in Africa (Image by: lollie pop) The United Nations’ Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) adopted a novel project approach to countering or offsetting developed countries’ emissions.  The most visible and controversial component of the Kyoto Protocol has made large political and regional advances since its inception. However...[read more]