Partnership to advance electricity access in Africa

The US Department of State in partnership with the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) officially launched the African Utility Power Sector Exchange (AUPSE) recently with a summit in Washington, DC.

The US-Africa Utility Power Sector Exchange project, which State and EEI are implementing jointly, aims to advance electric power sector reform and development in underdeveloped markets. The initiative encourages the exchange of ideas and best practices in the management of utilities as both Africa and the US move forward to face 21st century challenges. It combines the best of the private sector with US diplomatic leadership to deepen and broaden US support for expanding energy access and improving energy efficiency helping to modernise Africa’s electric utilities.

The summit is hosted by the Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources and is part of Power Africa, a US government-led initiative with the goal of increasing electricity access in sub-Saharan Africa by adding more than 30 000 MW of electricity and 60-million new home and business connections.

Utility CEOs from six African nations met their counterparts from the US, Canada, Europe and Asia to discuss power sector management issues such as the integration of renewable energy onto the grid, providing electricity for remote populations, and long-term sustainability.

Contact Alexandra Tenny, United States Department of State, tennyaz@state.gov 

 

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