More electricity for Africans

Good news out of Africa. Paul Dreissen and David Wojick report on the change of direction of the African Development Bank. The Obama administration was a disaster for power-starved Africans because they backed expensive and unreliable power developments. One of the lenders, the African Development Bank has broken ranks to back hydrocarbon fuels.

The AfDB is being encouraged by the Trump Administration, which may partly account for the new policy. The Trump USAID is now running the Power Africa 2.0 program, a vital upgrade of the Obama era program that promoted renewable energy and strongly discouraged the use of affordable fossil fuels.

We recently explained how Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) use manmade climate change alarmism to justify lending policies that reject funding for fossil fuel electricity generation, promote expensive and unreliable renewables.

Now, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has broken ranks with the World Bank has announced that it will once again finance coal and natural gas power generation projects. As AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina puts it, “Africa must develop its energy sector with what it has.”

The Obama program managed to facilitate financing for just 7,300 MW of electrical generating capacity (15% of what Germany generated with coal in 2016) – and most of that was from expensive, unreliable wind and solar units.

Paul Driessen contributed a chapter on the Pope in Climate Change: The Facts 2017.

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9 Responses to More electricity for Africans

  1. Colonel Crispin Berka, Kings' Fusiliers Corps.

    The climate skeptics were calling for this change in developing world energy policy about 9 years ago.
    So there you have it, climate skeptics are 9 years ahead of their time.

    As we were also predicting that global temperatures should decrease after 2014, I guess we may have to wait until 2023 to see that decrease begin. 🙂

  2. RobK

    Australia might have to lineup at the development bank before too long too, in order to get some real electricity happening.

  3. Another rat hole to pour money into. The power stations won’t even be finished before they are being looted for the scrap copper.
    No, just interdict the sea lanes around Africa, sink every vessel that tries to come outside the 100km border, with no exceptions.
    They can join the civilised world when they become civilised.

  4. Bruce of Newcastle

    Reminds me of this story:

    Bihar village clamours for real electricity (2014)

    The least you would expect when you bring electricity to an entire village, ending over three decades of darkness, is a ‘thank you’ from its residents. But no such niceties here in Dharnai, a nondescript village tucked away in the Naxal heartland of Bihar.

    The residents of Dharnai are far from satisfied to see lights for the first time in 33 years, courtesy a solar-powered micro-grid set up by the environment watchdog Greenpeace India. They now want asli bijli (real electricity) from the government.

    More from SciAm:

    Rupesh Kumar, an 11th-grader in Dharnai, grew up studying by the light of kerosene lanterns. He was hopeful when Greenpeace representatives came to his family’s two-room house, walking past two buffaloes tied at the front porch.

    They promised him a light bulb he could study by. He hopes to be the first in his family to go to college and get a job other than farming.

    Over three months, engineers set up 70 kilowatts of photovoltaic cells on the rooftop of public buildings scattered throughout the village. They installed 224 batteries to store the energy. Artists painted a cheerful mural of rainbows and birds on the wall of the village chief’s office, branding the village “Dharnai Live.” The village also has a website. All told, the installation cost 2.7 crore rupees ($407,050).

    Kumar’s family received one compact fluorescent light bulb and a wall outlet to charge their mobile phone. The power would be free for six months and then cost 70 rupees per month. That comes to about $1, but a steep price tag in a place where poor people earn, on average, the equivalent of about 30 cents per day. Most of Kumar’s neighbors could not afford it.

    In the more prosperous part of the village, well-to-do families already had rooftop solar panels. But Greenpeace’s microgrid promised to be more reliable, and many of them signed up, as well.

    The day the power came was one of celebration. Villagers, rich and poor alike, ate sweets. Then, the wealthy families plugged in energy-inefficient televisions and refrigerators. With the power suddenly facing heavy demand, the batteries drained within hours. When Kumar woke up at 4 a.m. before his farming duties to study, the light bulb did not work.

    “I think it’s wrong that when I studied, the power would get cut,” he said.

    The microgrid operators scrambled to fix the mess. The village electrification committee decided to restrict electricity supply to five hours at nighttime. Greenpeace put up posters telling people not to use energy-hungry appliances such as rice cookers, electric water heaters, irons, space heaters and air coolers.

    One month after the rollout, Greenpeace invited Bihar’s former chief minister, Nitish Kumar, to inaugurate the solar village. A head of state visiting a small village under the glare of television cameras is a huge deal, and the citizens knew it was their best chance to get a permanent solution.

    Children held placards and the adults chanted their mantra asking for “real” electricity.

    One week later, trucks rolled in and set up a 100-kW transformer in town, connecting Dharnai to the grid.

    Sorry for the long quotes, but the story is a perfect example of the green colonialism forced upon poor Indians and Africans by the likes of Greenpeace and the climatistas. The arrogance is astounding.

  5. The reality is that these ‘Progressives’ do not want the Third World to progress. That’s why they promote ruinable energy, that’s why they promote low tech tools instead of technology that we’ve had for over 100 years.

  6. Rafe Champion

    Thanks Bruce, love that story!

  7. .

    People who use lower case in acronyms are positively the worst.

    Never invite them to a lower north shore dinner party.

  8. John Constantine

    TOU, small australian company with hopes to do coal gas to electricity in Botswana .

    Not a tip, but worth a watch.

  9. John Constantine

    IEC, another asx minnow doing coal and electrical hopes in East Africa, [ with the chicoms]

    Not holding myself now in any meaningful way, but always watching, just in case, African ways have to seamlessly merge with the business model, and that takes,,,,,time.

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