ALL NATIONS NEED A HIGH-ENERGY FUTURE TO POWER INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT, JOB CREATION AND ECONOMIC GROWTH.
BUT SMALL-SCALE SOLUTIONS TO ENERGY POVERTY CAN’T BUILD COMPETITIVE ECONOMIES. SO THE HOPES AND SECURITY OF BILLIONS ARE AT RISK.
THE ENERGY FOR GROWTH HUB CONNECTS THE LATEST RESEARCH DIRECTLY WITH POLICYMAKER DEMAND — TO FUEL PROSPERITY FOR EVERYONE.
Competitive Auctions and Ultra-Low Solar Bids
- MemoThe Seven Major Threats to Kenya’s Power SectorKenya is one of the few African countries that produces more electricity than it consumes. Despite this progress, many households still lack access, those with connections experience poor quality, while reliability stifles economic growth.Learn More
- MemoGas-to-Power Value ChainMany countries have vast gas resources, but too often they are squandered or simply exported rather than used domestically. Our gas lead, Mark Thurber, describes what is necessary to fix the gas-to-power value chain.Learn More
- Op EdCan Nigeria Solve Its Energy Crisis?Nigeria is home to one in every five Africans and it has the continent’s largest economy. More than half of Nigerians are under 20 years old. Whether all these bright young people will drive growth or generate instability depends largely on whether Nigeria’s economy can produce jobs for them. And Nigeria won’t be able to create jobs at the required pace until it solves its energy crisis.Learn More
- Op EdWhy Energy Philanthropy Is High-Impact PhilanthropyBoard Member Rachel Pritzker writes in the Stanford Social Innovation Review: Imagine living permanently without power. What would this mean for your health, for your children’s education, for your livelihood....Learn More
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Is sub-Saharan Africa ready for the electric vehicle revolution?Originally posted on World Economic Forum. Africa is urbanizing faster than any other continent, at a rate of 4% every year, compared to the global average of 2%.Continue Reading
MCC Compacts and the Power SectorThe Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is a small, focused US agency which provides assistance to countries that (a) promote economic freedom, (b) rule justly, and (c) invest in people. Learn how it invests in the power sector.Continue Reading
Energy Access Metrics in the World Bank’s RISE DataThe World Bank’s Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy (RISE) is a set of indicators intended “to help compare national policy and regulatory frameworks for sustainable energy.” Morgan Bazilian discusses key takeaways.Continue Reading
For Africa, it's Grid + Off-grid, not Grid vs. Off-gridCan Africans increase their access to energy faster and more broadly through an on-grid or an off-grid approach? Practitioners, advocates and academics who work in the African energy space often fixate on this debate. But the 600 million people without access to electricity in Africa (and yes, it’s still 600 million) would likely prefer a little less debate and a lot more action.Continue Reading
Infographic - Are We Learning the Right Energy Lesson from Mobile Phones? The Energy Iceberg Says NoThe mobile phone revolution is allowing countries to skip landlines, prompting many observers to assume countries might also skip building an electricity grid and jump right to distributed home energy systems (e.g., here and here). New disruptive technologies are exciting and alluring, especially in sub-Saharan markets where the unmet infrastructure needs are huge. After all, if you can charge your smartphone with a rooftop solar kit, then who needs power plants and a grid?Continue Reading
Podcast: Todd Moss Talks Energy for Growth with CGDWhen we think about energy access, we tend to think about making sure everyone can light their homes and charge their mobile phones.Continue Reading
Podcast: Todd Moss on Electrifying Africa’s FutureLast month, Todd Moss joined Dan Runde, Director of the Project on Prosperity and Development at CSIS, on his podcast series Building the Future. Todd discussed what led him to launch the Energy for Growth Hub, a new global network connecting research and policymakers to build high-energy systems.Continue Reading
Empowered Planning with Models, Satellites, & Machine LearningGeographic Information System (GIS) technologies have the capability to revolutionize large-scale electrification planning. Advances in computer-based electrification planning models, satellite imaging, and machine learning are able to optimize infrastructure planning, lowering the costs of electricity provision and expediting progress.Continue Reading
Competitive 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.Continue Reading
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More affordable electricity would transform Africa. Here's how to get there.Originally posted in CNN Business: It's no surprise that economies around the world need electricity for economic growth and job creation — not just for keeping the lights on.Continue Reading