Africa grapples with clean energy conundrum

Posted: February 26, 2020 by oldbrew in Energy, Politics
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That’s how the BBC sees it, based on a belief that trace amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are somehow a major problem. Fuel-burning power plants are clearly less costly and more productive than wind and solar options, but there’s a lot of pressure from climate obsessives not to build them, despite the obvious benefits.

The continent desperately needs more power but it also wants to avoid damaging the environment, says BBC News.

Africa is both the world’s least electrified continent and the most vulnerable to climate change.

And as the continent with the world’s fastest growing population, the decisions that African politicians make to boost power supplies could have an impact both locally and globally.

The conundrum is how to meet the demand for energy without making the climate situation worse.

There is a large amount of investment, much of it from overseas, going into renewable sources. But the continent also has untapped reserves of oil and natural gas, which it aims to exploit.

Africa’s largest power producer, South Africa, faces an additional dilemma of moving away from coal-fired power stations, which produce nearly all of its energy. It is one of the dirtiest fuels, and is damaging the health of some of the people living near where it is burnt.

More than two thirds of the population of sub-Saharan Africa, more than 600 million people, lack access to electricity.

But electrification on the continent is still growing more slowly than anywhere else in the world, despite pledges to light up Africa in the next few decades.

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Comments
  1. dennisambler says:

    There’s hope for them from the Chinese:

    https://climateactiontracker.org/countries/china/current-policy-projections/

    “China’s actions abroad will also have an important impact on future global greenhouse gas emissions, also due to the financing and building both fossil-fuel and renewables infrastructure worldwide through initiatives like the Belt and Road Initiative, which involves 126 countries that could account for as much as 66% of global carbon emissions in 2050 (Jun et al., 2019).

    Since 2014, China has invested over five times more in Belt and Road countries in developing coal-fired capacity than wind and solar capacity (Reuters, 2019). From 2014-2017, 91 percent of loans from the six major Chinese banks financing the initiative were tied to fossil fuel projects (Zhou et al., 2018).

    Furthermore, of all coal plants under development outside of China, one quarter, or 102 GW of capacity, have committed or proposed funding from Chinese financial institutions and companies (Shearer, Brown and Buckley, 2019).”

  2. oldbrew says:

    Africa and the battery craze…

  3. tom0mason says:

    “Africa is both the world’s least electrified continent and the most vulnerable to climate change.”
    Does not occur the BBC (aka Blathering Bloody Communists) that these two are linked?
    No reliable electricity equals more poverty, lower living standards, less industry, fewer properly maintain hospitals, dentists, schools, and industries. And all of that equates to less resilience to the effects of the climate.
    Restricting electrical generation from all locally sourced fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas) means that poverty is being enforced by World Bank’s, IMF’s, UN’s, mandates, and so Africa is less resilience economically, socially, medically and climatically. But is not that what these elitists of the One World Government (OWG) doctrine wish for, neocolonialism over a whole continent (preferably over the whole world). The whole of the African continent so diminished and indebted that they are at the OWG beck and call.

  4. Gamecock says:

    ‘Africa is both the world’s least electrified continent’

    First, Pluto is no longer a planet. Now, Antarctica is no longer a continent?

    Africa is home to many independent nations. BBC’s continental view is borderline insulting.

  5. ivan says:

    The only problem with cheap reliable energy for Africa is the UN and its offshoot the world bank. To an outside observer it would appear as true racism with the intellectuals keeping the Africans in their place.

    The only country taking the long view is China and a lot of that is because they want the mineral from Africa and to do that efficiently it requires power from coal fired power stations.

    The statement It is one of the dirtiest fuels, and is damaging the health of some of the people living near where it is burnt. regarding coal fired power stations has no merit in the real world, only in the mind of the UN Church of Climatology zealots would it be considered true.

  6. Tish Farrell says:

    And it’s not just the horrendous cobalt mines of DRCongo. There are also the terrible coltan mines in East Congo, the mineral used in laptops, cell phones and playstations etc: https://ejatlas.org/conflict/congo-coltan-in-the-kivu-region-dr-of-congo

    The rich would-be de-carbonizing northern hemisphere also has its sights on the lithium rich salt flats of Bolivia and other S.American countries: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-latam-lithium-idUSKCN0WH1BZ
    So many of new opportunities for regime-changing if the locals won’t play, and all so we can meet our pious ‘clean-green’ purposes.

    But hats off to Kenya for developing geothermal electricity generation. It might just make electricity a bit more affordable for more of its population, or at least for its growing industries:
    https://kenyantribune.com/kengens-olkaria-geothermal-plant-lower-evacuation-costs-causes-competitor-to-lower-electricity-tariff/

  7. oldbrew says:

    Geothermal has its challenges…

    26 APRIL 2018
    South Korea’s most-destructive quake probably triggered by geothermal plant

    Researchers say the 2017 disaster is a potential game-changer for the geothermal energy industry.
    . . .
    Eighty-two people were injured and more than 200 homes were seriously damaged.

    https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-04963-y

  8. Saighdear says:

    Yes,Global COOLING and all…. and Africa is least electrified but still suffers “climate change” …Conclusion drawn SIMPLY:-: Not burning / releasing CO2 – does not stop global WARMING. – and AFRICA is BIG – bigger than Europe. … and we,, WE in the UK reckon we can change / halt warming by going Neutral?
    Late wet Springs and cold early Autumns = short growing seasons and reduced Acreages planted Crop varieties may be better yielding but if you can’t plant or harvest them, what then?
    And now we have the Hairum Scareim of the CoronaVirus. .. Do Governments ever learn ANYTHING about the real world /Nature …..

  9. Gamecock says:

    The BBC’s compulsion to colonialism is fierce.

  10. hunterson7 says:

    Climate imperialists are keeping the “Dark Continent” in the dark do those living there can keep the prices of minerals nice and low. Greta and her ilk need their hybrids and solar cells and smart phones nice and cheap, you know.
    There are more farming tractors in Texas than in Africa. Largely because they can’t be maintained due to lack of power. No AC means more illness and death. Climate Imperialism is the modern white man’s burden.

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