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GE has released a whitepaper entitled Re-imagining the future of power in Sub-Saharan Africa. Looking at the factors contributing to energy transformation and the enabling environment, the whitepaper outlines market response through region-specific case studies, as well as providing suggestions for the path going forward.

GE whitepaper looks at the future of power in AfricaReleased at the Africa Utility Week / PowerGEN 2019 conference, the paper discusses a number of key themes, including decarbonisation, decentralisation and digitisation, looking at how they affect the current and future energy transformations in the region. It also looks at the rise of renewables including solar, wind and hydro and the place of geothermal in sub-Saharan Africa’s energy mix. The whitepaper also discusses energy sector management, financing and regulatory frameworks that create an enabling environment for the sector.

“Sub-Saharan Africa needs power and there is seemingly an over-dependence on governments to resolve this energy dilemma. Governments are faced with investment, policy and regulatory framework challenges that oftentimes hinder their ability to fulfil the responsibility of providing affordable and reliable power. With increasingly diverse funding from public and private sources, including innovative partnerships with private investors and independent power producers (IPPs), the current narrative that two out of three people in the region needs access to electricity is expected to change,” the authors say.

Elisee Sezan, CEO for GE’s Gas Power business in sub-Saharan Africa, says that there is a clear need for solutions that foster collaboration through partnerships with governments, technology providers and the private sector to solve Africa’s energy deficit and improve energy access. GE has been at the forefront of driving this collaboration which has resulted in significant milestone projects and solid partnerships that have successfully added more megawatts to the grid. We are delighted to lead this changing narrative on powering Africa forward and are committed to supporting energy initiatives to accelerate its progress.”

The whitepaper can be downloaded at https://invent.ge/2VyUJF7.

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