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- PostRose Mutiso on TED: The energy Africa needs to develop — and fight climate changeRose Mutiso outlines how African countries need more energy, not less, to fight climate change and deserve the majority of the world's carbon budget to exercise their right to opportunity at the 2020 TED Countdown Conference. Watch her talk (6:42) here, or below: Learn More
- ReportGoing Big on Power Africa: Fortifying the Initiative for Today's Urgent Challenges10 Recommendations to enhance Power Africa’s impact on energy poverty, economic development, and climate change The US Government’s Power Africa initiative grew out of a bipartisan commitment to addressing energy poverty.Learn More
- MemoIndonesia’s Power Goals: What’s next after universal electrification?The world’s fourth-most populous country is rapidly reaching universal electrification, with almost 99% of its more than 270 million people considered electrified. However, the sector is not without its problems. A major outage hit the greater Jakarta area in mid-2019, affecting over 30 million people and paralyzing the economy, while shorter blackouts are a common occurrence.Learn More
- MemoMapping Africa's approaches to power sector reformOver the past 30 years, many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have introduced market-oriented reforms geared at addressing structural obstacles to power sector development.Learn More
Coffee Break Briefing with Murefu Barasa: Measuring ReliabilityQuality electricity is critical to ending energy poverty, but reliability data is scarce, while officially-reported outages often differ greatly from actual consumer experience.Continue Reading
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Wind and solar in Africa need grids to matchFrom Electricity Journal (June 2021) Falling costs of wind and solar have encouraged development agencies and multilateral lenders to restrict financing for new fossil fuel developments.Continue Reading
Episode #5 Ken Caldeira: Let’s Align Self-Interest with Global Climate InterestOne of the world’s most visionary climate scientists tells Katie & Rose why he thinks nuclear energy is key to quelling climate change and delivering prosperity to the developing world, why he’s gone all-positive on Twitter, why considering solar geoengineering won’t stop us from addressing climate change, and what he learned from pumping crocodile stomachs as a grad student. Ken Caldeira has been the senior scientist at Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology on the Stanford University campus in California since 2005.Continue Reading
Harnessing Africa’s Natural Gas for Industrialization and Economic Diversification: A Nigeria Case StudyNigeria holds Africa’s largest proven natural gas reserves. Yet despite its enormous domestic energy needs (Nigeria’s annual per capita electricity consumption is one of the lowest in the world), the country consumes only 25% of its commercialized gas supply and less than 1% of the global total.Continue Reading
Job Opportunity: Project Director, PPA WatchThe Energy for Growth Hub is seeking a Project Director/Senior Associate to join our team to help establish and manage a new global campaign to promote transparency of electricity contracts.Continue Reading
- Op-Eds & Articles
U.S. Push for a Global Clean Energy Transition Can Start in AfricaOriginally appeared in a Council on Foreign Relations post, May 28, 2021. The new U.S. Climate Finance Plan aims to double contributions to climate funding for developing countries.Continue Reading
Coffee Break Briefing with Ben Attia: Big trends to watch in emerging market solarEmerging markets are grappling with the dual challenge of decarbonizing their energy systems while providing abundant, affordable, and reliable energy to everyone.Continue Reading
Why cash transfers to farmers could unlock reliable electricity for India’s wider economyIndia has suffered some of the most significant economic damage worldwide from Covid-19 -- the country entered a technical recession, with the government reporting an 8 percent contraction in GDP over 2020-21.Continue Reading
Update: Coal’s Future in Africa is (Still) DimThis memo uses updated project information since our December 2020 analysis. Coal-to-power today is exceedingly modest outside South Africa Using the latest data, 36 coal-fired power plants totaling ~54 GW of installed capacity provide about a third of all electricity produced on the African continent (Table 1).Continue Reading
Episode #4 Mimi Alemayehou: Climate Justice Means Africa Needs More Energy InvestmentThe former OPIC, African Development Bank and Black Rhino Group official tells Katie & Rose why she's frustrated with energy and climate finance double standards for Africa, how she would advise President Biden on climate & Africa, & why it's unethical to argue Africa must stay poor to reduce climate change impacts.Continue Reading