July 22, 2020
Coffee Break Briefing with Jay Taneja: “What’s Happening to Electricity Demand in Africa?”
Hub Fellow and Assistant Professor at UMass-Amherst Jay Taneja walks us through the latest trends with the most up-to-date satellite data in our first ever Coffee Break Briefing. See his full presentation below:
What is the true scale of unmet electricity demand in Sub-Saharan Africa?
By Sankalp Garg
The electricity access deficit is more pronounced in sub-Saharan Africa than in any other region globally, where despite recent progress in transmission and distribution capacities, around 580 million people still lacked access to electricity in 2019.1 And those that do have access are often burdened with poor reliability. As of April 2022, a survey found that 43% of Africans reported having access to a reliable supply of electricity, up by only three percentage points since 2015, and about 28% of connected households have power half the time, occasionally, or never.2 The latest World Bank Enterprise Surveys data suggests that customers across sub-Saharan Africa experienced an average of nine outages per month, each lasting an average of 5.7 hours.3 Yet, understanding the exact scale of energy poverty in the region remains elusive. Assessing the ‘unmet’ electricity demand A recent study by Garg, et al.
The Eskom crisis update: Where we are now
By Catrina Godinho
Summary: South Africa’s energy crisis has deepened but could still get worse. Delayed reforms and persistent allegations of corruption obscure a clear pathway forward. Relevance: Technically insolvent state-owned power company Eskom now implements rolling blackouts (known as ‘load-shedding’) on a daily basis, at a huge cost to the South African economy and society. The Eskom crisis has implications for the entire southern African region.
The Drivers of Africa’s Electric Vehicle Future Might Be Different Than You Think
By June Lukuyu, Rebekah Shirley, Jay Taneja
Since transportation accounts for 24% of direct CO2 emissions, the road to Net Zero depends on a rapid transition from internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to electric vehicles (EVs).
Opportunities for Data-Driven Planning at the Power-Agriculture Nexus in Ethiopia
By Jay Taneja, June Lukuyu, Gunther Bensch
For much of sub-Saharan Africa, agriculture is the primary economic driver and by far the largest sector for employment. This is well-known - development and evolution of the agriculture sector is high on the priority lists of many governments across the continent.
AfCFTA and the opportunity for an African interconnected electricity market
By Murefu Barasa
Three waves of electrification in Africa African countries stand no chance of lifting their people out of poverty and achieving a decent standard of living for all without affordable, reliable, and sustainable electricity.