January 13, 2022
Todd Moss on the 17 Rooms Podcast: “New targets and metrics for energy reliability, productivity, and quality”
By Todd Moss
In this thirteenth interview of the “17 Rooms” podcast, Todd Moss discusses new “measurable metrics” to reframe SDG7 energy targets to be more ambitious and location-specific with Clare Boland Ross and John McArthur.
Listen to the full episode below, or here (with a full transcript available for download):
The Eskom crisis update: What comes next?
By Catrina Godinho
Summary: South Africa’s energy crisis has deepened, but could still get worse. While Eskom’s issues are myriad, closing the growing supply gap is a first-order priority. Relevance: State-owned power company Eskom is technically insolvent and implementing daily rolling blackouts (‘load-shedding’) at a huge cost to the economy and society. The Eskom crisis has implications for the entire southern African region.
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.
Power quality in donor-funded infrastructure projects
By Susanna Berkouwer
This post is co-authored with Eric Hsu, Edward Miguel, and Catherine Wolfram. Governments and foreign aid institutions routinely finance large infrastructure construction projects in developing and emerging markets.
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).