July 29, 2020
Coffee Break Briefing with Rose Mutiso: “How will Africa’s Power Sector Recover?”
Hub Research Director Rose Mutiso proposes a post-COVID agenda for Africa’s power sector that doesn’t simply revert to the old status quo. Find out more in her Coffee Break Briefing discussion with Todd Moss:
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.
Harnessing Africa’s Natural Gas for Industrialization and Economic Diversification: A Nigeria Case Study
By Olu Verheijen
Nigeria 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.
Update: Coal’s Future in Africa is (Still) Dim
By Jacob Kincer, Todd Moss
This 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).
Episode #4 Mimi Alemayehou: Climate Justice Means Africa Needs More Energy Investment
By Mimi Alemayehou, Katie Auth, Rose Mutiso
The 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.
What will Cost- and Service-Reflective Tariffs Mean for the Nigerian Electricity Sector?
By Chigozie Nweke-Eze
Tariff reform is often listed as a high-priority issue in Nigeria. In March 2020, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) issued an order to transition from demand-based to cost-reflective and service-reflective tariffs.