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Policy Perspectives on Expanding Cogeneration from Bagasse in Malawi


Long Seng To, Virginia Alonso Navarro & Yacob Mulugetta
(Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, University College London)
Kingdom Kwapata & Leonard Masala
(Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources)
Simon Batchelor
(Gamos Ltd.)
Andrew Barnett
(The Policy Practice Ltd.)
Stephen Karekezi
(Africa Energy Policy Research Network (AFREPREN/FWD))

Agro-industries have the potential to make a substantial contribution to sustainable energy supply in Africa, including energy access in rural areas. This paper focuses on the drivers and barriers to wider use of cogeneration from sugarcane bagasse in Malawi as there is a potential for the technology to enable access to electricity in rural areas. The paper gives an overview of the policy landscape for the energy sector and the sugar industry in Malawi. The research involved site visits, focus group discussions, and individual semi-structured interviews with participants from key government departments, businesses, research institutes and international agencies. It was found that energy sector reform, the proposed feed-in tariff for renewable energy, and risk are the key issues for investment in this area.

Keywords: biomass, renewable energy, electricity

The Journal of Energy in Southern Africa offers papers covering the technical, economic, policy, environmental and social aspects of energy research and development carried out in, or relevant primarily to Southern Africa.




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