September 30, 2020
Coffee Break Briefing with Katie Auth: “Power Africa’s Future”
By Katie Auth, Todd Moss
Hub Policy Director Katie Auth examines Power Africa, including lessons learned for the next phase in the fight against energy poverty and how the initiative may inform U.S. energy policy in Asia and the Americas. Listen to Katie and Todd Moss discuss 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 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.
Rose Mutiso on Good Clean Energy podcast: How to End Energy Poverty
By Rose Mutiso
Rose Mutiso joins the show to discuss the connection between access to affordable electricity and poverty and details a path forward for energy-poor countries in Africa.
Nuclear Power in Uganda and Rwanda?
By Jacob Kincer
Solar, hydro, wind, and gas are the most common options for African countries to meet their energy needs, yet several are increasingly interested in adding advanced nuclear power to their mix. South Africa already operates a nuclear power plant, and Ghana has recently signed nuclear cooperation agreements with the United States and Japan.