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- Op EdOneZero: Global Energy Inequality Goes Deeper Than BitcoinFrom OneZero: Modern life is amazingly energy intensive. All those computers, data servers, and air conditioners devour a lot of electricity.Learn More
- MemoWaste-to-Energy: one solution for two problems?Incinerating organic waste is the most common method of producing energy from municipal solid waste. While this approach is significantly more costly than landfills, waste-to-energy (WTE) can make economic sense in areas where there are energy deficits and/or a shortage of landfill space.Learn More
- MemoFour Meta-Challenges to Power Sector Reform in Sub-Saharan MarketsSub-Saharan African countries urgently need more electricity services to foster economic growth and job creation. While plugging the energy gap is not sufficient to address all the region’s economic woes, it is a fundamental building block to the wider aspirations of these societies.Learn More
- MemoCompetitive Auctions and Ultra-Low Solar BidsThe global record low tariff for a utility-scale solar PV project has been broken seven times since 2016, all within auction environments, with recent leading bids dipping below US $0.02/kWh, and average prices pushing past the cost-competitive range with coal and gas.Learn More
How big is Nigeria's power demand?Context: Nigeria has Africa’s largest population and economy, but Nigerians consume 144 kwh per capita annually, only 3.5% as much as South Africans.1 With only 12 GW installed, and typically just one-third of that delivered, Nigerian power production falls far short of demand, which is a primary constraint on economic growth.Continue Reading
Reflections on Nigeria’s Power Sector PrivatizationNigeria’s power sector was unbundled and partially privatized to establish a competitive market intended to improve management and efficiency, attract private investment, increase generation, and provide reliable and cost-efficient power supply.Continue Reading
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WEF: The 5 mistakes we’re making in the fight against global energy povertyFrom the World Economic Forum: Energy consumption, in all its many forms, enables everything from how we live, eat and move, to how we work and communicate.Continue Reading
Jessica Lovering: Three Surprises from Talking Nuclear in NigeriaI’ve written on Nigeria’s nuclear power ambitions before (here and here), but last month marked my first visit to the country.Continue Reading
The Reliability-Adjusted Cost of Electricity (RACE): A new metric for the fight against energy povertyAdequately tracking progress against energy poverty requires a metric that is more closely tied to income and employment than the commonly-used household access rate.Continue Reading
Saving Lives and Generating Energy from Natural Gas in Rwanda's Lake KivuDanger and possibility under Lake Kivu Beneath the surface of the lake lies 60 billion cubic meters (bcm) of methane gas and 300 bcm of carbon dioxide originating from local volcanic activity.1 Without intervention, a gas eruption could occur within the next century.2 Located between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, over 2 million people live on the shores of the lake.Continue Reading
Big Solar Bankability & Utility Performance Can Benefit from Power PoolsHigh power generation costs in Sub-Saharan Africa are driven by stark imbalances in supply and demand, poor utility performance, and constraints on independent power producers.Continue Reading
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OneZero: Global Energy Inequality Goes Deeper Than BitcoinFrom OneZero: Modern life is amazingly energy intensive. All those computers, data servers, and air conditioners devour a lot of electricity.Continue Reading
For wind and solar, big is (usually) betterDramatic cost reductions in wind and especially solar power seem to promise a distributed energy future. Grid-connected rooftop solar lets any home or industrial facility become a “prosumer” that produces electricity as well as consuming it.Continue Reading
Power Africa’s Top Obstacles in Each MarketPower Africa is a multi-agency US government initiative that aims to increase generation capacity and expand access to energy in Africa. The USAID-coordinated program aligns its support and activities by tackling the most pressing obstacles to power projects and private investment in each market.Continue Reading