Power Play: Closing the Immense Energy Gap in Sub-Saharan Africa
Energy supplies across Africa fall far short of potential demand. In Nigeria, just one example, a growing population will surpass that of the United States in the next 25 years. But Nigeria has just four gigawatts of functional installed electricity capacity, while the U.S. has over 1,000 gigawatts. Despite enormous energy gaps, many governments and NGOs remain focused on small fixes for households and rural communities. The time has come to think bigger. Sub-Saharan Africa needs investments in new energy production on a scale large enough to power its rapidly growing, 21st-century cities and expanding industries. We will investigate the opportunities there and the impact massive greenfield energy projects could have on local economies.