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:
Op-Eds & Articles
Wind and solar in Africa need grids to match
By Mark Thurber, Murefu Barasa, Rose Mutiso, Beryl Ajwang
From 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.
Lighting the Way: Nighttime Lights for Electrification Planning
By Stephen Lee, Brian Min, Jay Taneja, Zeal Shah
Data is often scarce when it relates to the development of electricity infrastructure in emerging economies. Using geographic information system (GIS) databases has become standard practice,1 but information digitization, data collection, and aggregation at scale can be costly and take years.
The impact of self-generation on firms
By Musiliu Olalekan Oseni
As availability and quality of grid-based electricity services remain abysmal in many parts of Africa, homes and businesses have sought coping strategies to mitigate the adverse economic impacts of service interruptions.
A Case Study of Ghana’s Power Purchase Agreements
By Ishmael Ackah, Katie Auth, Todd Moss, John Kwakye
Ghana’s electricity sector faces an urgent crisis of immense financial strain that calls for a new, more transparent approach for contracting power in the future.
A planner’s guide to acquiring building locations data
By Stephen Lee
Planning efficient, least-cost electricity infrastructure can benefit from using modern tools to gather improved information describing areas of interest. Building location data in the form of latitude and longitude coordinates are important when outlining the most efficient ways to electrify an area with limited resources.