Energy Access Scenarios to 2030 for the Power Sector in Sub-Saharan Africa

Source: 
Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei
Source: 
United Nations Industrial Development
Date: 
September 2011
Authors: 
Morgan Bazilian
Authors: 
Patrick Nussbaumer
Authors: 
Hans-Holger Rogner
Authors: 
Abeeku Brew-Hammond
Authors: 
Vivien Foster
Authors: 
Daniel M. Kammen
Authors: 
Shonali Pachauri
Authors: 
Eric Williams
Authors: 
Mark Howells
Authors: 
Philippe Niyongabo
Authors: 
Lawrence Musaba
Authors: 
Brian Ó Gallachóir
Authors: 
Mark Radka

This report examines the growth rates of energy infrastructure and the rising demand in order to find a path to universal energy access by 2030. According to the report, the annual growth rate required to meet this goal is around 13%, which is substantially higher than the historical growth rate of 1.7%. The report outlines energy planning techniques currently in use and some new strategies and shortcuts that can make the process faster. It concludes that to spur the large growth required to reach the universal energy access goal, a few large projects like the 40-gigawatt Grand Inga hydroelectric project must be started so markets can gain momentum.

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