African Energy Sector Faces Challenges for Radical Transformation

The future of Africa's energy sector is getting increasing attention from policymakers and the private sector. As demand for energy rises, current energy systems must grow rapidly to meet it. This must be done in reliable, resilient and affordable ways - while "staying the course" of climate compatibility and ensuring access for all, writes Sebastian Ster for The Conversation.

Most of the international and media attention for Africa's energy systems has focused on simply pointing out the size of the challenge - captured in statistics such as "570 million people in Africa live without electricity".

This solemn narrative has changed in recent times. With renewed investor interest in gas contracts and exploitation of solar, wind and hydrogen, the "hot topic" of energy transition appears to have touched down in Africa. In many cases, it looks rather like a business opportunity rather than fundamentally a development goal or climate change commitment - but a positive change in narrative nonetheless.


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