Two out of three people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity. Through the Power Africa East Africa Energy Program (EAEP), USAID works to optimize power supply, increase grid-based power connections, strengthen utilities and other power sector entities, and increase regional power trade. EAEP covers nine countries in the Eastern Africa region and is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. EAEP aims to optimize the power supply through technical assistance, capacity building, and investment promotion. 
The program works to ensure that new, renewable power projects are brought to a financial close and that stalled transactions are reviewed and moved forward.

We increase the capacity of the industry to strengthen the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity through strategic power planning, competitive procurement, and grid modernization. We also provide technical assistance to utility companies to procure and implement new technologies, and to improve planning and management of grid extension initiatives through geographic information systems (GIS) and enhanced data analysis. Utility strengthening is at the core of the EAEP activities. The program provides technical and capacity support to utilities to improve their operational and financial performance, enhance cost recovery and quality of service, and reduce technical, commercial, and collection losses.