News Selection – Energy for All
Recent international news and analysis chosen to illustrate and update Tread Softly briefings on Energy for All.
African desert solar power for Africans
31/5/2018: For years, there has been talk of Europeans sourcing renewable power from the desert lands of North Africa. Now a more relevant project aims to bring solar power to 250,000 Africans in the Sahel region.
Energy poverty data published in Kenya
12/4/2018: The proportion of households in rural areas of Kenya using light from electricity was only 17.1% according to the latest national survey. Over 50% of Kenyans use wood fuel for cooking, mostly from unsustainable sources.
Indonesia juggles the coal versus renewables equation
29/3/2018: Indonesia has published a ten-year energy plan, but activists argue that not enough is promised to reduce dependence on coal - which is damaging health, especially through air pollution.
India seeks leadership role in solar energy
12/3/2018: India has launched a solar energy partnership that aims to help other tropical countries boost their use of solar power. During 2017 alone, India doubled its installed solar capacity from 10 GW to 20 GW.
The terrible toll of Malawi's power cuts
13/12/2017: John Vidal explores the economic and domestic hardship of extreme energy poverty in Malawi. Even the 10% of the population connected to the national grid are starved of the essential service.
West Africa's biggest solar farm launched in Burkina Faso
30/11/2017: Burkina Faso aims to meet 30% of its power needs through solar energy by the year 2030. Financed by the European Union and France's development agency, the $56.7 million, 33-megawatt plant is the largest in West Africa.
India’s Clean Energy Push Could Reduce Poverty
22/11/2017: India’s push to generate 160 gigawatts of wind and solar power by 2022 will enhance energy access and address poverty in rural communities, according to a new World Resources Institute report.
Myanmar unapologetic over plans for ten coal-fired plants
18/11/2017: Myanmar sees no contradiction in supporting the Paris Agreement whilst pushing ahead with plans to expand the number of coal-fired power plants to address a serious power shortage in the country.
Financing Renewable Energy in Africa
19/10/2017: Limited access to financing has been singled out as the biggest reason why over 620 million people in Africa are stuck in energy poverty. The International Renewable Energy Agency suggests that governments could play a greater role.
How solar power can work harder for Africa
26/9/2017: A Kenyan development expert explains that the full potential for solar energy to transform access to electricity in Africa requires careful integration with the parallel expansion of national grids.