April 29, 2021
Coffee Break Briefing with John Ayaburi and Morgan Bazilian: “Estimating ‘reasonably reliable’ electricity”
SDG7 commits the world to ending energy poverty by “ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all by 2030.” Yet we have no accepted international indicator for reliability. A new approach developed by Morgan Bazilian, John Ayaburi, Jake Kincer, and Todd Moss provides one estimate: 3.5 billion people live without ‘reasonably reliable’ electricity. Learn more below or here:
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.
How does energy impact economic growth? An overview of the evidence
By Todd Moss, Jacob Kincer
The positive relationship between energy and economic growth is clear: income and energy consumption are tightly correlated on every continent and across every time period for which data exists.
How to de-risk clean energy projects and cultivate the project pipeline in sub-Saharan Africa
By Sylvain Degolmal Ngaryo
Large-scale clean energy projects are capital intensive, which makes them difficult to finance when project risk – real or perceived – is high.