Conflicting laws keep Nigeria’s electricity supply unreliable

Yemi Oke, University of Lagos Nigeria’s energy sector is regulated centrally by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission. This has created the conditions for corruption to thrive. The result is that the supply of electricity is unstable and cannot support economic development. Decentralised regulation is the solution, but has been prevented by conflicting laws. Supplying electricity …

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Rwanda opens first peat-fired power plant in Africa

Lydia Cole, University of Oxford Rwanda recently celebrated the opening of its first peat-fired power plant at Gishoma in the far west of the country, a $39.2M project. It is the first of its kind in Africa. Rwanda’s first peat-fired power plant at Gishoma is currently running at 10.85MW. Rwanda Energy Group/Twitter   Another larger …

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Unlocking the potential of papyrus wetlands in Africa

Michael Jones, Trinity College Dublin and Matthew Saunders, Trinity College Dublin Most households in tropical sub-Saharan Africa – over 80% – use some form of biomass, such as charcoal or wood as their primary source of energy, mainly for cooking. They source this biofuel from scrublands, savannahs and forests. Wood is the main source of …

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Lack of leadership hinders Nigeria’s nuclear road map

By Alex Abutu [ABUJA, NIGERIA] Lack of leadership is frustrating Nigeria’s 2000 target of generating 1,000 megawatts of electricity from a nuclear plant by 2017, experts say. Nuclear scientists and engineers helped Nigeria develop a road map in 2000 to generate nuclear energy to help address the country’s power challenges. Seventeen years after the launch …

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DRC needs two-track approach to fix its electricity deficit

Agathe Maupin, University of the Witwatersrand The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is expected to go to the polls to elect a new leader to succeed President Joseph Kabila, whose mandate expires on 19 December. This should have happened towards the end of November but the DRC’s constitutional court recently approved a request by the …

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