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Power Africa

Electrify Africa Act Needs To Change Course

Justin Guay | Posted 04.20.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

The direction Power Africa, President Obama's signature initiative to address energy poverty in sub-Saharan Africa, is headed is worrying. Worse, t...

Skinny Grids

Justin Guay | Posted 11.20.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

Energy efficiency, not the falling price of solar, has done the heavy lifting when it comes to unlocking the economics of distributed clean energy f...

Electrifying Africa... But at What Cost to Africans?

Janet Redman | Posted 11.17.2013 | Green
Janet Redman

Two U.S. initiatives to provide Africans with electricity seem likely to lead to large, climate-polluting projects rather than the locally sourced renewable energy rural Africa needs.

How to Avoid 'Band-Aid' Solutions on Expanding Energy Access

Andy Schroeter | Posted 10.20.2013 | Impact
Andy Schroeter

While those of us that live and breathe rural electrification are thrilled to see initiatives like Power Africa, all stakeholders involved must work together to create more effective approaches for widespread energy access to be achieved sustainably.

Powering Africa: The Hope and the Promise

Robert A. Freling | Posted 09.18.2013 | Green
Robert A. Freling

In many sub-Saharan African nations, as much as 90 percent of the rural population lacks access to electricity. No lights. No refrigerators. No computers. Nada, Zippo, Zilch.

Can Obama's 'Power Africa' Initiative Double Access to Electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa?

Obadias Ndaba | Posted 09.03.2013 | World
Obadias Ndaba

It is commendable that the Obama administration wants to help Africa build power grids and get electricity for its people. But there is little evidence to back up the claim that an amount as small as $7 billion -- or $16 billion, if we include the private sector investment -- will "double" access.