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Seeking answers to Africa’s energy trilemma

Balanced energy policy and engaged entrepreneurship are essential elements to enabling Africa’s development, says WEC Secretary General Christoph Frei. Africa’s energy sector has long been working to widen energy access to unlock the continent’s vast potential. Energy access remains a critical priority for this dynamic region. Globally, 1.2 billion people – equivalent to India’s population – do […]

Posted on 12 March 2014

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Africa Energy Indaba one step closer to unlocking the continent’s potential

The Africa Energy Indaba concluded last month (18–20 February) in Johannesburg, South Africa. The event is the WEC’s regular annual African gathering. Africa’s wealth of energy resources and untapped potential was highlighted, as was the need for more enablers that can unlock energy access for the broader population and new markets. Opening the Indaba, South […]

Posted on 7 March 2014

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Interview: Philippe Joubert, Executive Chairman, Global Electricity Initiative (GEI)

The Global Electricity Initiative will be holding talks with the leaders of African utilities at the Indaba. Philippe Joubert, GEI Executive Chair, tells us the latest about the programme. What does the GEI aim to do in Johannesburg? Africa is an important region for the GEI.  For Africa, the problem has certainly been providing access […]

Posted on 18 February 2014

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Indaba Energy Leaders’ Dialogue to put spotlight on shale gas, electricity access

Following the success of the inaugural World Energy Leaders’ Dialogue in Abu Dhabi last month, the event will move to Johannesburg, South Africa this month.

Posted on 5 February 2014

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An energy infrastructure road map for Africa

Although sub-Saharan Africa is well endowed with fossil fuels and renewable resources, they are largely untapped due to institutional and infrastructural barriers to efficient use, the World Energy Congress was told on 17 October. The region’s limited ability to improve its energy system and related services significantly affects social and economic development, as seen in […]

Posted on 17 October 2013

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Africa Energy Indaba gave resounding support for women in energy and skills development

- by Monique Tsang and Celine De Canha The role of women in energy and the need to boost energy skills received resounding support at the 5th Africa Energy Indaba, the World Energy Council’s annual African regional meeting, held during 18–21 February in Johannesburg. At the event the South African Minister of Energy, Ms Dipuo Peters, gave her commitment […]

Posted on 11 March 2013

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Africa Energy Indaba: bigger and better  

This month’s Africa Energy Indaba will be bigger and better than ever. The Indaba, to take place from 19 to 21 February in Johannesburg, is the WEC’s annual African regional meeting. The event is expected to attract more international and African participants, both in the form of speakers and delegates. Organisers expect conference attendance to […]

Posted on 1 February 2013

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WEC helps build pan-African energy knowledge base

Developing energy skills and knowledge is crucial for Africa’s long-term economic and sustainable development, said the World Energy Council on 3 September at a workshop on energy statistics skills training and capacity building, organised by the African Energy Commission (AFREC). “Establishing and implementing comprehensive energy information systems and database is critical for energy system planning, […]

Posted on 3 September 2012

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Interview: Professor Abubakar Sambo, WEC Vice Chair for Africa

As students in many parts of the world head back to school, we talk to Professor Abubakar Sambo, WEC Vice Chair for Africa, about energy skills shortage and the African situation. What is the global situation with regards to energy skills shortage? In the energy industry globally there is a growing demand for technical personnel […]

Posted on 1 September 2012

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Power plant performance and interconnection: crucial for African energy access

In a gathering of energy decisionmakers in Hammamet, Tunisia, on 28-30 May, the WEC highlighted the potential for improvements in power plant performance to create economic and social dividends. It also emphasised the crucial role of transmission infrastructure for African electrification. At the 17th Congress of the Union of Producers, Transporters, and Distributors of Electric […]

Posted on 30 May 2012

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