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July 2014

NBET Shares Knowledge on PPA Drafting with Recipient Countries, Articles
July 8 | This Day Live
The Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET) has partnered with two key agencies of the United States (US) to provide lucid knowledge on drafting and implementation of Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) for independent power projects (IPPs) to benefit the  African countries involved the Power Africa initiative.

Opinion: Electrify Africa, Energize Africa and Power Africa: Partnering With Africa for the Long Run
July 2 | Roll Call
Tony O. Elumelu is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and chairman of Heirs Holdings Limited, a pan-African proprietary investment company with interests in strategic sectors of Africa’s economy. Elumelu is also the founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, an Africa-based and African-funded philanthropic organization dedicated to the promotion of entrepreneurship on the continent.

The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: A Focus on Foreign Direct Investment
July 11 | Brookings Institute Blog
On the second day of President Obama’s three-day U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit, the U.S. Department of Commerce and Bloomberg Philanthropies will convene the inaugural U.S.-Africa Business Forum.  This event represents an unprecedented occasion for U.S. and African heads of state to meet with business leaders and discuss ways of catalyzing new, continent-wide trade and investment opportunities.

June 2014

Opinion: Power Africa Forms U.S. Bridgehead in Hoped for Boom Market
June 30 | African Energy
Launched by President Barack Obama in Cape Town one year ago, the Power Africa initiative has been making bold claims about its early successes in a campaign to boost Sub-Saharan Africa's (SSA) installed generation capacity by some 10GW and connect some 20m more homes and businesses to the grid by 2020.

Opinion: Power Off / Power On  - What you need to know about the 1.4 billion people living without electricity?—?and how you can help light up their future
June 25| ONE Campaign
Energy poverty simply means a lack of affordable, reliable electricity needed to support a comfortable, prosperous standard of living. Billions of the world’s energy poor aren’t connected to any power source. And for those who are connected to the grid, the actual flow of electricity is sporadic and blackouts frequent.

Senate Panel Backs Africa Electricity Bill
June 25 | Electric Co-op Today
A bill that would bring power to millions of people in Africa, a top NRECA legislative priority, has passed through a key Senate committee. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the Energize Africa Act of 2014 on June 24, sending it to the full Senate.

Senators Menendez and Corker Introduce Energize Africa Act
June 25 | Center For Global Development
Yesterday, Senators Menendez (D-NJ) and Corker (R-TN), the respective SFRC Chairman and Ranking Member, introduced the Energize Africa Act (S. 2508). Senators Coons, Isakson, Markey, and Johanns also co-sponsored the legislation. This bipartisan bill is thoughtful, comprehensive, and would give a significant boost to US efforts to promote growth and economic opportunity in the region. Here are three reasons why.

One Year On: President Obama’s Power Africa Initiative
June 24 | SweetCrude Reports
A look back at Power Africa a year after President Barack Obama unveiled an ambitious plan to improve access to electricity across the continent. While the initiative may appear to be a generous increase in U.S. government aid to the continent, analysts suggest that it is perhaps more noteworthy as a change in the paradigm of how the United States assists developing nations.

Power Africa has achieved 75% of its goal
June 23 | Infrastructure news
The U.S. government is making significant progress on Power Africa‘s goal of adding more than 10 000 MW of efficient electricity generation capacity to Africa over the next five years. U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) Director Leocadia Zak highlighted the U.S. government’s progress on the Power Africa initiative during the opening session of the Africa Energy Forum, which connects African leaders with global energy industry representatives in order to develop power infrastructure on the continent.

Foreign Aid Isn't Charity. It's an Investment
June 23| Businessweek
One of the few bright spots of bipartisanship on Capitol Hill of late has been in global development. The House recently passed a bill to support President Obama’s Power Africa initiative, which is designed to boost access to electricity across six countries in the region. The U.S. still ranks near the bottom of the list among rich countries in terms of the generosity of its overseas development program, but these two pieces of legislation at least suggest that altruism and fellow feeling have not completely evaporated in Washington.

US investors flock to Africa to get in on the energy boom
June 17 | AFKInsider
Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the fastest-growing economic regions in the world, with the International Monetary Fund predicting continued growth as part of the continents economic transformation. Much of that transformation has to do with a fast-growing middle class, as well as vast agricultural and mineral resources, which is attracting investors and businesses from around the world. According to the U.S. Commerce Department, which is stepping up its involvement in sub-Saharan Africa, the region is now home to seven of the world’s 10 fastest-growing economies.

U.S.-Africa energy ministerial meeting convened in Ethiopian capital
June 13 | Coastweek
Ethiopian Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, noted that lack of access to modern energy is a significant constraint to social and economic development in many parts of the African continent.

Opinion - Bringing 'Power Africa' from Pledges to Projects
June 9| AllAfrica.Com
Aubrey Hruby is a visiting Fellow at the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council reviews the importance of the Power Africa’s new program, Beyond the Grid, with recommendations for improvements in three areas – project focus, a fund for ‘Pre-Developers’, and the creation of an advisory board with business prowess.

Power Africa: US-backed scheme lines up investors for African energy projects
June 5| Out-Law.com
Plans to encourage more than $1 billion in investments for innovative energy infrastructure projects in sub-Saharan Africa have been announced by US energy secretary Ernest Moniz.

Power Africa: Ethiopia - U.S Continues to Extend Technical Assistance for Ethiopian Energy Initiatives: Secretary Monizas
June 5| Ethiopia News Agency
The U.S government will continue to provide technical support for energy initiatives in Ethiopia, Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Monizas said. In a press conference he gave yesterday with Water, Irrigation and Energy Minister of Ethiopia in connection to the U.S- Africa Energy ministers meeting, the Secretary said the U.S will continue to provide technical support through its laboratories and agencies.

Opinion - President Obama and Private Investors Move $1 Billion Beyond the Grid
June 5 | Huffington Post
For a while it seemed as though the Power Africa Initiative was more about powering oil and gas profits than delivering energy access to those that need it most. However, thanks to recent bipartisan leadership in the House of Representatives, this threat has passed, and the future for this initiative has become much brighter.

Power Africa - Nigeria: U.S. Launches New Initiative to Boost Energy in Nigeria, Five Other African Countries
June 4 | Daily Independent (Lagos)
The U.S. has announced a new energy innovation tagged "Beyond the Grid" to boost energy and address supply shortages in Nigeria and five other African countries. The US Secretary for Energy, Ernest Moniz, said this on Wednesday at the ongoing US-Africa Energy Ministerial conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Energy Made Easy – New US project to boost energy access in sub-Saharan Africa
June 4| energylivenews.com
A new programme to increase energy access in sub-Saharan African countries, including Kenya and Nigeria, has been launched by the US Government.

Kenya to Benefit From Beyond the Grid
June 4 | CAJ News
Kenya is poised to benefit further from an innovative initiative that has been launched under the framework of United States President Barack Obama's Power Africa initiative.  

Power Africa: Video - USADF Collaborates for Power Africa
June 4 | Womenetics YouTube
Shari Berenbach explains how partnership is the key to success for Power Africa, the initiative that aims to double sub-Saharan Africa's access to electricity and consequently improve the lives of women drastically. Governments, foundations and corporate partners like General Electric are working in concert to tackle this goal.

Power Africa goes off-grid in Addis Ababa
June 4 | DevEx
The U.S. Department of Energy Tuesday announced a new framework for investment — “Beyond the Grid”. The announcement could help assuage some environmentalists’ and pro-poor advocates’ fears that Power Africa investments lean too heavily on conventional and grid-connected energy projects and threaten to increase carbon emissions while neglecting rural communities that are often the most impoverished and underserved.

U.S Initiative Aims to Create 20 Million Power Connections in Africa
June 4 | Voice of America
The U.S. government is investing more than $1 billion to create about 20 million new electricity connections in sub-Saharan Africa as part of its "Beyond the Grid" Initiative.

US launches $1 billion push for off-grid Africa power
June 4| Yahoo News
US companies have promised $1 billion for off-grid power projects in Africa, putting a growing focus on small-scale and renewable energy in the push to ease the continent's chronic electricity shortages.

U.S. begins aggressive energy roll out in Africa
June 3| The Sun News
The United States of America on Tuesday in Addis Ababa embarked on an aggressive energy roll out in Africa, targeting two million households. Ernest Moniz, U.S. Energy Secretary said the plan was aimed at driving U.S. Government’s initiative investments in small-scale energy solutions. He added that it was unveiled at the U.S.Africa Energy ministerial meeting in Addis Ababa. 

Last updated: July 18, 2014

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