RENEWABLE ENERGY

ELECTRIC POWER GENERATION & TRANSMISSION

For emerging economies to continue to develop and grow, their households and businesses must have access to a reliable and affordable source of electric power. While it is a given that electricity is one of the cornerstones of a country's commerce, it also has a major impact on the quality of life of a country's citizens because it directly impacts the quality of their healthcare and education, how they prepare their food, and their ability to access the internet to name just a few. Unfortunately, according to the International Energy Agency's (IEA) World Energy Outlook, "...more than 620 million people in sub-Saharan Africa (two-thirds of the population) live without electricity, and nearly 730 million people rely on dangerous, inefficient forms of cooking. The use of solid biomass (mainly fuelwood and charcoal) outweighs that of all other fuels combined, and average electricity consumption per capita is not enough to power a single 50-watt light bulb continuously." Consequently, development of the Continent's electricity infrastructure is critical to future development.