Power Play: Closing the Immense Energy Gap in Sub-Saharan Africa


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.

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Todd Moss
Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

Joseph Boateng
Chief Investment Officer, Casey Family Programs

Justin DeAngelis
Partner, International Power Fund, Denham Capital

A.B.C. Orjiako
Chairman, Seplat Petroleum Development Co.

Kate Steel
Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Nithio

Robert Stoner
Deputy Director for Science and Technology, MIT Energy Initiative

Published July 5, 2018