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Italian utility’s renewables unit targets South Africa, Morocco

[img:francesco.thumbnail.jpg|Francesco Starace,
]29 March 2012 - Bloomberg reports that Enel Green Power (EGPW), the renewable energy unit of Italy’s biggest utility, is targeting Morocco, South Africa and Turkey as the recession hurts power demand in its home market.

Balancing Earth’s carrying capacity and rising demand

[img:worldh_0.jpg| ]28 March 2012 - In its publication Vital Signs 2012 the Worldwatch Institute has captured data relating to the growth of the global economy during 2011, during which time the world population surpassed seven billion, and the use of energy and other natural resources generally rose.

Population growth combined with rising resource use, heavily tilted toward the world's wealthy on a per capita basis but growing rapidly among the expanding global middle class, is reflected in rising worldwide resource consumption. Oil use reached an all-time high of 87.4 million barrels a day in 2011. However, while oil remains the largest commercial source of energy, its share in the global energy supply has slid for the last 11 consecutive years.

South Sudan with a mere 25 MW generation capacity considers its...

[img:SouthS.thumbnail.jpg| ]28 March 2012 - Of the ten states that comprise Africa’s newest country, South Sudan, only three of the state capitals, Juba, Malakal and Wau have electricity infrastructure. This takes the form of decentralised generation with a local distribution network.

The impacts of the civil war in that country prior to independence means it has poor infrastructure, and its energy needs are predominantly met by biomass. Only 1% of the country’s population have access to electricity and most of these are in Juba. The country’s total existing generation facilities consist of about 25 MW of thermal capacity.

Algeria’s ambitious renewables targets require outside help

[img:Report%20d_0.jpg| ]26 March 2012 - In 2011 the Algerian ministry of energy and mines launched an energy efficiency and renewable energy programme that will cost US$120 billion. The target is to install additional power generating capacity across the country from renewables amounting to 22,000 MW between 2012 and 2030.

Of this, 12,000 MW will be intended to meet the domestic electricity demand and 10,000 MW destined for export, possibly as part of the Desertec initiative. However, the country will rely on partners and know-how from abroad to achieve such targets.

UN report highlights Africa’s hydroelectric potential

[img:Energy%20w_0.jpg| ]23 March 2012 - According to a UN report launched at the World Water Forum in Marseilles this month, hydropower could supply all of Africa's electricity needs if cross-border cooperation was increased.

Africa generates a third of its electricity from hydropower, but could learn from cooperation and training programmes between India and some Western countries, according to Ulcay Unver, coordinator of the UN World Water Assessment programme, which produced its fourth edition of the World Water Development report.

Sudan begins to wake to its solar potential

[img:solar_0.JPG| ]22 March 2012 - The Horn of Africa Business Association says few places on Earth offer the near perfect conditions for solar energy as does that region. It is not merely a question of the number of hours of sunlight; for maximum efficiency the moisture content of the air has to be taken into account along with factors such as geography, wind, pollution and dust particles.

Morocco to add 8,000 MW of power generation by 2020

[img:MoroccoF.thumbnail.jpg| ]20 March 2012 - The robust growth in electricity demand in Morocco has underlined the need for a significant expansion in future generation and transmission capacity in that country. The Moroccan electricity market has been growing steadily at nearly six to eight per cent a year in the last ten years, following vigorous economic development and the implementation of a very successful rural electrification programme. This trend is expected to continue at about five to seven per cent for the next ten years, following GDP growth forecasts of 5.5 per cent.

Germany to fund solar and wind energy projects in Egypt

[img:Kom%20Ombo%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Egypt’s first solar
power plant at Kom
Ombo ‒ it is now
poised to build a
second one here
]Cairo, Egypt --- 13 March 2012 - The government of Germany has confirmed that it will support the Egyptian government with funding of US$150 million for the development of solar and wind energy projects in Egypt.

This report from the Egyptian State Information Office here came from, quoting minister of planning and international cooperation Fayza Abul-Naga. She said that the German government would support the Kom Ombo solar power project with a US$65 loan, and another US$85 million for the wind farm project in the Gulf of Suez..

Another 5,000MW of power for Egypt

[img:Egyptg_0.jpg|Egyptian minister
of electricity and
energy Hassan Younis
]Cairo, Egypt --- 09 March 2012 - Egyptian minister of electricity and energy Hassan Younis says his ministry is working towards feeding the country’s national power grid with an additional 5,000 megawatts (MW) by the end of 2012.

The Egypt State Information Service revealed in a statement quoted by that this action to face extra loads expected in the summer would involve a total investment of about US$4.5 million.

Italy seeks renewable energy co-operation with Tunisia

[img:solar_0.JPG| ]Tunis, Tunisia --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 02 March 2012 - An Italian delegation headed by minister of environment, territory and sea Corrado Clini has visited Tunisia to discuss future support in the field of renewable energy within the framework of the European Union's environmental initiatives.

The delegation met with Tunisian minister of investment and international cooperation Riadh Bettaieb, as well as the newly-appointed minister of environment and sustainable development Memia Benna.

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