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Ethiopia Exporting 170MW Power to Neighboring Countries

The Ethiopian Electric Service (EES), a company leading the service delivery, said the nation is currently exporting 170MW power to neighboring countries. Sudan, Djibouti and Kenya are the three countries being provided with 100MW, 60MW and 10MW of electricity respectively, EES Executive Officer, Biteweded Gebrealif, told Walta Information Center. Ethiopia's current cumulative power generation capacity stands at 2370MW, which according to the officer is enough to meet the national demand. The power disconnection that occurs in the country is not because of power shortage but due to problems in the installation of power carrying grids, he said. The power is being exported at night, a time with no peak power requirements, and on the basis of a program designed not to jeopardize local consumption, he indicated.

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KenGen adds geothermal power to grid

The Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has added a further 70 megawatts of geothermal power to the national grid, pointing to lower electricity bills from reduced reliance on costly thermal power. This brings to 210MW the total steam power connected to the Kenyan electricity network from the multi-billion shilling Olkaria geothermal project—whose total capacity is 280MW. KenGen added the first batch of 70MW in July and a similar amount in August from the from the Sh115.4 billion ($1.3 billion) Olkaria project billed as Africa’s largest steam development. “We are looking at overall savings of about Sh28 billion per year in fuel cost charges when the final 70MW comes online in November,” said Energy secretary Davies Chirchir.

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Africa: Reliable Energy Critical to Sustainable Development in Africa - UN

Dr Kandeh Yumkela, Special Representative and Chief Executive of the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative of the United Nations, said reliable energy was critical to sustainable development in Africa. Yumkela said this on Monday in Abuja at the Bamanga Tukur International Legacy lecture series. According to him, the value of energy on the African continent cannot be underestimated. He said that cheap, affordable and sustainable energy was critical to drive the economy of the African continent. Yumkela stressed the need for good political leadership that would evolve policies to reform energy system across the continent. This, he added, would evolve the right institutions and investment in infrastructure that would be long lasting. He said Africa had lots of energy resources which could be effectively utilised if the right political leadership was in place to evolve corresponding policies.

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Nigeria: Sugar Sector to Contribute 411MW of Electricity

The National Sugar Development Council, NSDC, said the sugar sector could contribute 411 megawatts of electricity to the national grid, in line with the federal government's quest to boost energy supply in the country. The NSDC Executive Secretary, Dr. Lateef Busari, disclosed this in Abuja when he led a delegation of the council on a visit to the Director General, National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii. Busari said the move by the council would also create over 115,000 direct jobs and production of 161 million litres of ethanol. He said, "Sugarcane is now seen as an energy crop through the production of sugar. The sugar industry will be able to generate electricity and also to produce ethanol which can be used in running vehicles."

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Ethiopia: Geothermal Plant to Be Operational in April - Ministry

Ethiopia is striving for the operation of the Aluto-Langano geothermal power plant with installed capacity of 70mw power in this fiscal year, the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy said. Energy Study and Development Follow-up Director, Gosaye Mengistie said over 78 percent of construction of the geothermal plant has so far been finalized. It is expected that the plant will commence operation in April. Launched in 2013, the expansion of the Aluto-Langano geothermal power plant will increase the country's generation capacity from geothermal to 70mw power from the current 7mw. The expansion project is financed by assistance from a 12 million dollar grant from the government of Japan, a 13 million dollar loan from the World Bank and 10 million dollars from the Ethiopian government.

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Tanzania: Kilosa Villagers Get Connected to Electricity

Kilosa — ABOUT 247 households in Msolwa village have been connected to electricity in the past two months following implementation of a project jointly funded by the Rural Energy Agency (REA) and TAZAMA pipeline. REA Technical Services Director, Eng Bengiel Msofe, said here on Wednesday that the project, which is also to benefit TAZAMA pumping station at Kisanga Ward in Msolwa village targets 300 households. "Under the project, a household pays 27,000/- only to be connected to electricity. The goal of the project is to have more rural residents access electricity," he said during a visit to inspect the projects. Msolwa Secondary School Manager, Father David Kalyosi, whose school is one of the project beneficiaries, expressed his delight with the power project as the school community now enjoys reliable energy.

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Kenya: Find Out Which Solar Heating System Best Suits Your Household

Homeowners and tenants wish to have hot showers with plentiful water, but even in some up-market properties across Kenya, this can be costly. This is because water heating using electricity accounts for more than a third of the average household power bill. In a household of five where the monthly electricity bill may be about Sh5,000, at least Sh1,650 goes to heating water, yet this need not be the case. Kenya receives an estimated 4-6 kilowatt-hours per square metre of solar energy daily, according to the Climate Innovation Centre. This is far more than the 2.3kWh consumed by an average household daily.

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Uganda Plans New Sugar Act

Kampala — The government is to introduce a new sugar control Act with the aim of ensuring sustainable, diversified, harmonized and competitive sugar subsector. Speaking in Kampala last week, the Minister of state for Industry and Technology Dr. James Mutende said the number of sugar companies in the country has increased from two to more than 23. However, the sector has been depending on the colonial Act which looked at only sugar production leaving out other by-products. He said the current Act of the 1938 gives chance to sugar cane companies to exploits sugar cane out growers because the price for sugar cane has been determined by the sugar price on the market yet the same companies are producing other products out of sugar cane such as power and Ethanol whose market prices are higher than that of sugar on the market.

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Nigeria: Power Transmission Sub-Sector Open to PPP Model - Wakil

Abuja — Minister of State for Power, Mohammed Wakil has told top power sector stakeholders and investors in China that the transmission sub-sector of Nigerian power sector is opened to investors under a Public Private Partnership model. Speaking after holding talks with several firms in the power sector, the Minister said businessmen who invested in the Nigerian power sector are guaranteed of adequate returns and safety of their investments. Wakil in a statement in Abuja by his Special Assistant (Media), Olawale Rasheed urged the investors to "participate in the planned transmission project expansion in Nigeria.

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Energy efficiency audits up for grabs for SA businesses

Private sector South African companies can tap into a UK government fund supporting energy efficiency as rising electricity prices create increasingly challenging business operating conditions. In South Africa, the National Business Initiative (NBI) is promoting the fund of ZAR150 million (GBP8.6 million) from the UK’s Department of International Development (Dfid) to private-sector companies which “are still not proactively identifying opportunities to immediately enhance energy efficiency”, said Val Green, head of energy at the NBI.

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Kenya: Geothermal cuts electricity prices below Ruto’s target

The cost of electricity will this month drop by a lower margin than the government targeted after the injection of 140 megawatts of geothermal power into the national grid failed to have the promised impact. Electricity prices are expected to drop by about 12 per cent for homes that consume about 50 kilowatt hour (kWh) per month while middle class households will see bills drop by an estimated 8.5 per cent. Deputy President William Ruto had promised that electricity prices would go down by about 20 per cent from this month on reduced reliance on expensive thermal power following the injection of the additional geothermal power to the grid towards the end of July. Data from the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) shows fuel cost adjustment, which is linked to amount of power generated from expensive fuel-driven generators, has dropped to Sh5.71 per kWh for bills to be settled at the end of the months from Sh7.22 the previous month.

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Africa: World Water Week - How to Plan Hydropower Stations for the Future

Stockholm — The hydropower plants of tomorrow won't only produce energy. Constructing dams will also provide new drinking water sources, irrigation for crops, and new waterways for transport. In the words of most of the scientists here at World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, they will be 'multipurpose'. This means that each plant design will be a one-off. And, more importantly, each will have to be designed through a multidisciplinary approach, bringing together social and environmental scientists with energy planners. This collaborative, holistic vision is shared by most of the hydropower industry stakeholders I have met during the world water week conference, where they gathered to discuss the future of their field.

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East Africa: EAC States Could Switch to Cleaner Fuels Effective January 2015

Plans for five countries in East Africa to adopt cleaner fuel standards in 2015 are likely to help absorb excess low-sulphur oil products coming out of Middle East and Indian refineries, where new capacity is being added, industry sources said. Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Burundi are due to switch to the cleaner fuels from January 2015, according to documents posted on the websites of the regional intergovernmental organisation of East African Community (EAC) and the United Nations Environment Programme (Unep). The fuel switch would come just as refiners in OPEC countries and India install secondary units and new oil plants to produce ultra-low sulphur fuels that meet tighter European environmental standards, worsening a supply glut of the higher grades of transport and industrial fuels.

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Zambia: World Panel Zambia, Celebrates Official Launch of Solar Chargers

World Panel Zambia Limited has launched the durable World Panel solar panels that charge mobile phones as fast as a wall plug. Held at Lusaka's Taj Pamodzi Hotel, the launch was attended by senior Zambian government officials, COMESA free-trade group leaders, US embassy officers, African Development Bank officials and the CEOs of major Zambian mobile operators. The launch celebrated the first container of World Panels that arrived in World Panel Zambia's Lusaka warehouse. The CEO, Jacob Sikazwe, a well-known Zambian business leader who led the creation and then chaired Zambia's Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission said, "I've worked for many years to empower people in rural Africa to improve their economic well-being and opportunities in life. "

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S.Africa Department of Energy to arbitrate in renewable projects

South Africa seeks to increase the use of renewable power, adding 3,725MW of electricity to the grid by 2016, as it simultaneously aims to cut the use of coal produced power in meeting the country’s energy demand. The Department of Energy is said to ‘intervene’ in the commissioning of renewable energy projects to ensure that fair opportunities are created for local renewable firms in the tendering process. The Energy Minister said: “For the next round we want to intervene so that local players do have a fair share … Obviously we can do nothing about those that have already been decided on,” reported Bloomberg. The preferred bidders for the fourth round of contracts will be announced on November 24th later this year.

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Rwanda: Govt Pledges More Support to Renewable Energy Initiatives

Government will continue supporting initiatives that promote rural electrification and renewable energy in particular to ensure Rwandans access affordable power, Jules Ndenga, the in charge of planning and policy at the Ministry of Infrastructure, has said. Ndenga added that renewable energy sources like solar power are ideal for rural households, saying they are affordable and easy to install. "Off grid electricity, including solar power and other renewable energy sources, ease pressure on the national hydropower grid, and support government's efforts to ensure rural households access electricity as per the second Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS II) objectives," Ndenga said.

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Ethiopia: In Search for Power, Ethiopia Turns to Growing Sugar

The government has embarked on an ambitious project to grow more sugar to meet that demand - but also to boost electrical production and to create sugar-based ethanol that could help reduce car emissions and cut down on fossil fuel imports. Ethiopia currently produces about 300,000 tonnes of sugar a year from three factories, at Wonchi, Metehera and Finchaa. The factories also generate 62 megawatts (MW) of electricity, half of which is used by the sugar plants themselves, with the rest sent to the national electric grid.

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Egypt: Private Sector Participation in Producing Renewable Energy Studied

The Cabinet under Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab, in its meeting on Monday 25/8/2014, agreed a study on the involvement of private sector in producing new and renewable energy. The study, presented to the Cabinet by Electricity Minister Mohamed Shaker el-Marakbi, depends on a policy of defining the feed-in tariff and power purchase agreement. The plan will be presented to the economic ministerial group to approve the financial and economic conditions as well as legally studying the purchase agreement so that it can be announced to investors. For his part, the Electricity Minister said that a lot of companies offered to produce electricity from solar and wind power.

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Kenya Pushes for More Steam Power

Kenya's Geothermal Development Company (GDC) has been given $142 million to generate more power from the country's natural steam pools writes JOHN SAMBO.Kenya is one of a few African countries, including Ethiopia and Zambia, which is exploring geothermal potential.The discovery of Kenya's geothermal energy resources dates back to the 1950s, when the first test wells were drilled at Olkaria, near Nairobi. According to the Oxford Group, a research group, Kenya is one of a handful of African countries, including Ethiopia and Zambia, which is exploring geothermal potential. The discovery of Kenya's geothermal energy resources dates back to the 1950s, when the first test wells were drilled at Olkaria, near Nairobi. Kenya completed its first geothermal power plant, a 15MW facility, in 1981 at the same location.

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2014 renewable energy investments in sub-Saharan Africa to reach $5.9 billion

Renewable energy investments in sub-Saharan Africa (predominantly South Africa, Kenya and Ethiopia) will in 2014 reach the $5.9 billion mark, and grow to $7.7 billion in 2016. These investments far-outweigh any efforts to increase renewable capacity in the region between 2000 and 2013. Approximately 1.8 gigawatts of wind and solar power capacity, excluding sizable hydroelectric power plants are still to be commissioned this year. “What is different now is the breadth of activity, with wind, solar and geothermal exciting interest in many different countries and the potential for further growth,” Victoria Cuming, a Bloomberg New Energy Finance analyst, said in a company statement. .

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South Africa: Solar Wi-Fi Lamps to Connect Rural Areas

South African-based technology company Net1 Mobile Solutions is preparing to roll out the Sun-e-light, a solar-powered lamp which also functions as a mobile phone charger and a wi-fi hotspot, as part of a corporate social responsibility project aimed at opening up the digital world to people in rural areas. Chief marketing officer José Carlos Da Silva Soares, in a recent interview with SAinfo, said the concept of the Sun-e-light had evolved as the company looked into ways of providing connectivity to rural communities not linked to the electricity grid. "We began talks with a production company in China which specialises in producing simple yet innovative products to produce a prototype [of the Sun-e-light] for us, which has now been refined and tested over a period of two years," Soares said.

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Gambia: Over D1.2 Million Power Project Signed

Solar Foundation The Gambia (SFG), a Gambian charitable organisation, has awarded contracts to two Gambian electrification firms to provide the installation of two solar lighting systems and for the sales and supply of 200 solar lighting kits valued at over D1.2M. SFG offers sustainable growth by implementing solar energy in off the grid villages. The contractors for the project are Faal's General Construction and Baldeh's Electrical Services and Eseim Solar Energy Limited. Faal's General Construction and Baldeh's Electrical Services will install two solar lighting systems in Jareng Upper Basic and Senior secondary Schools in the Central River Region (CRR) and Yorro Bawol Health Centre in the Upper River Region (URR)

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Mathenge fetches Sh1,700 a tonne from power firm

Farmers in Baringo are set to earn up to Sh13,000 for every Mathenge tree cut from supplies to Cummins Cogeneration (Kenya) Limited’s biomass power generation plant in the county.Fabian Musau, the company’s manager, said they buy a tonne of biomass at Sh1,700 from farmers with the plant requiring 250 tonnes per day to meet its power generation target for the second phase of the project ending September. The power plant used 60 tonnes of biomass per day in the first phase that ended in June. Through a power purchase agreement, the company — a subsidiary of US-based Cummins Ltd — is set to supply 7MW of electricity to Kenya Power by the end of this year.

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Nigeria: UNDP to Spend N21 Million On Energy Projects in Nasarawa

The Global Environment Facility - United Nations Development Programme (GEF-UNDP) said it would spend N21 million on the provision of sustainable energy-related projects in selected communities in Nasarawa State. The National Coordinator of GEF-UNDP, Mr Etiosa Uyigue, said this at Karu, Nasarawa State in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). Uyigue told NAN that the project would be executed in collaboration with the Energy Commission of Nigeria and National Orientation Agency (NOA). The coordinator said that the intervention would be on renewable energy and energy efficiency in the selected communities of Roguwa, Lower and Upper Uke in Karu Local Government Area.

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Tanzanian Schools Urged to Teach and Practice Sustainable Development

Schools in Tanzania are being encouraged to become more self-supporting, with projects for better food, water supplies, sanitation and energy usage. There is the hope that the wider community will also benefit. At Hekima and Tandale Primary Schools in Dar es Salaam every student has a story to tell about how water shortage and poor sanitation is both a threat to their health and affects their performance in class. "There's no drinking water in this area, we depend on a borehole whose water is too salty to drink, we only use it for cleaning toilets," said Mariam Saleh, a grade six student at Tandale school. A poor learning environment, neighborhood crime and inadequate nutrition has forced many students from low-income families to abandon classes altogether.

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