In 2013, President Obama launched Power Africa, an innovative partnership to double access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa where more than 600 million people currently lack access. Power Africa has helped transactions expected to generate over 4,100 MW of new, cleaner power generation throughout sub-Saharan Africa including East African countries reach financial close.
But there will be demand for more power in Africa in the next few decades, driven by economic growth, population growth and urbanization. Each percentage point in GDP growth in developing countries tends to be accompanied by growth in energy demand of 1.2 to 2.3%.
Between 2015 and 2040, the population of Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to increase by 755 million, or 81%. Electricity generation will have to almost double by 2040 to maintain per capita provision.
By 2050 around one half of Africans will live in cities, compared with just over one-third today – an increase in the urban population of 800 million people. Today, urban consumers in Africa use on average three times more electricity than their rural counterparts.
East Africa Power and Electricity Expo 2018
Headed by the leading event organizer Deogratius Kilawe-C.E.O of excel Group Africa/MIKONO, East Africa Power and Electricity Expo 2018 draws attendees that work in engineering, operations, maintenance, and management roles within their utility company.
- Mali, Uganda, South Africa and Ghana Energy Ministers to join Power Africa, USAID and OPIC at Powering Africa Summit