6 Power Africa updates

Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Tanzania are poised to revolutionize their energy sector in conjunction with the Power Africa initiative. Community Renewable Energy believes that renewable energy can transform the lives of millions of people, and we track the nations’ progress. Here’s a round-up of the latest news.

  • From the US Agency for International Development testimony:

Over a year, a refrigerator uses six times more electricity than a Tanzanian citizen, and it would take an Ethiopian citizen two years to consume the amount of electricity that an American does in three days.

Sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa) generates 28 gigawatts of power for more than 900 million people – about the same as Argentina generates for 42 million people. And on any given day, a quarter of that energy is unavailable due to inefficient outdated infrastructure.

  • The US is opening new trade offices in Angola, Ethiopia, Mozambique and Tanzania, which will help support Power Africa efforts.
  • In early June, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) will host he African Energy Ministerial Meeting.
  • At the end of April, leaders of Power Africa nations met in Miami for the Power Africa B2B Summit. The Commerce Department notes: “sub-Saharan Africa, home to seven of the world’s 10 fastest-growing economies, outpaces global average growth.”
  • Nigeria has earmarked $300 million as a risk guarantee to encourage further investment in its energy sector.
  • Futurologist Thomas Frey predicts that the African job market will embrace, among other careers, Ecosystem Advocates and Climate Change Adaptability Agents.
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