African Energy Chamber: Fossil Fuels, Please

From MasterResource

By NJ Ayuk — November 8, 2021

NJ Ayuk, executive chair of the African Energy Chamber, wants first-class energies for first-class people, not wind and solar blight. His recent post on LinkedIn speaks to Africa’s priorities.

“Ultimately, Africans deserve the same level of energy access and security that the rest of the world takes for granted. The number of people left behind is simply too large to allow foreign agendas to take viable options off the table.”

After three days in Glasgow for COP26, you can’t help but ask yourself where do we go from here as an African energy sector. I maintain my disappointment with the global elites for failing to invite the oil and gas industry. Oh well, they invited me.

With dire warnings about the impending dangers of climate change clouding the headlines on a daily basis, energy transition from fossil fuels to renewables is a hot topic.

Talk of banning fossil fuels altogether floats among the more liberal circles in the United States and Europe as companies scramble to crank out acres of solar cells and plant forests of windmills. In May, the International Energy Agency (IEA) proposed banning any new investment in fossil fuels after 2021, and we’re already seeing significant divestment in oil and gas projects around the globe. I responded to their publicity stunt and I still stand by my response.

As I said at that time, “we live in reality. And today, in real-world Africa, this goal is not feasible. Nor is it advisable”

The threat of climate change is real, and the goal of lessening it is noble, but what is often forgotten in these discussions are the repercussions of a rapid shift from fossil fuels, particularly in developing nations like those in Africa. Countries that have enjoyed over a century of energy development and near-universal electrification did so first by exploiting their own natural resources to the fullest extent possible — a right not everyone has been able to exercise equally. While the developed world can afford to take risks and think about sloughing off old industries, large parts of Africa are still struggling to provide their people with reliable electricity. As a result, industrialization and economic stability have remained out of reach for large swaths of the continent. Education, already a challenge in impoverished communities, is even harder. So is the provision of health care.

These are some of the reasons the African Energy Chamber has become an outspoken advocate for continued natural gas production: Gas-to-power initiatives — the development and expansion of gas-powered electricity plants — are not new to Africa, but they are building momentum. They are a practical way to address energy poverty and they make sense for Africa. This is not the time to pressure African countries to abandon them.

Living in the Dark

It is not an exaggeration to say energy poverty is one of our continent’s most pressing problems: Only 56% of Africa’s population has access to electricity today, and in many places that power is still inadequate and unreliable at best. We address this topic in our recently released report, The State of African Energy 2022.

“Comprehensive energy access across the continent remains a central target, with some 600 million people without access to electricity today,” says the report. “Moreover, households themselves, facing low and inadequate supply of electricity, often rely on highly polluting traditional energy sources such as hard biomass, which constitutes 45% of total primary energy demand in Africa.”

As Africa’s population grows rapidly, the continent cannot sustain the mass burning of its plant life in hearth fires indefinitely, nor can the rest of the world afford to let it. Replicating the bad old days of black coal smoke pouring from tall towers isn’t an option either. Africa needs modern power sources to compete on the world stage and to do its part to fight global climate change. On the surface, renewables sound like the ideal solution — sunshine and wind are certainly plentiful, after all. It would be wonderful to skip a century and turn all of Africa into Black Panther’s Wakanda with the newest green technologies–but this isn’t a movie, and real life is never that simple.

The Downside of Wind and Solar

Many existing power grids in Africa remain underdeveloped, such that an intermittent supply of energy can threaten the stability of an entire grid. Such is the case in Kenya, which is widely considered to be at the forefront of Africa’s energy transition, building momentum in the renewable sector with the 310 MW Lake Turkana wind farm and 50 MW Garissa solar PV station. Some 15% of Kenya’s installed capacity comes from solar and wind, but as our 2022 Outlook reports, they have experienced severe voltage instability. Better system management, upgraded infrastructure, and long-term power storage technology are needed to solve these problems, but implementing these things on a nationwide or continent-wide scale won’t happen overnight.

Another problem plaguing renewables development is near-complete reliance on overseas manufacturing and expertise. The majority of solar cells and windmills are made in China, like so much else, with most of the rest made in Europe and the USA. Those same countries also provide the primary supply of knowledge, training, and technology for installing, maintaining, and repairing renewable facilities. Economically, this means fewer home-grown jobs for Africans in this sector until such capacity can be developed. It also ensures security of supply in case war or politics cripples the ability to import key materials and workers.

Energy demand across Africa is expected to triple within the next 20 years–faster than anywhere else in the world — as a result of population growth, rising incomes, and rapid urbanization. To meet such rapidly accelerating demand, Africa needs the ability to make use of its existing natural resources and human capital, and to employ tried-and-true solutions that will reliably keep the lights on when the wind won’t blow and the sun won’t shine. Mitigating climate change must remain part of the equation, but the perfect cannot be allowed to be the enemy of the good when so many people are still starting from zero.

Why Gas-to-Power Makes Sense in Africa

When it comes to reliability, fossil fuels remain the standard by which all other energy sources are judged, and natural gas is the cleanest among them by far. All of sub-Saharan Africa could triple its electricity use overnight using only natural gas and still account for only a 1% increase in global emissions, so low is its starting point.

Gas power also pairs better with wind and solar than other clean power sources. Unlike coal, hydro, nuclear, or geothermal generators, gas turbines can power up and down quickly, making them ideal as backup for wind and solar when the weather isn’t cooperating and increasing the reliability of the power supply. Gas turbines require less up-front capital investment than most other generating equipment, and they have the advantage of being modular as well for quicker deployment. Until wind and solar become more reliable, gas has the potential to keep coal out of the fuel supply and displace older, dirtier equipment running on diesel or fuel oil, while ensuring that a growing society’s basic needs are met.

Africa already is seeing the benefits of its growing liquified natural gas (LNG) sector. As the 2022 Outlook reports, LNG-to-power has the potential to help build a resilient, low-emission power infrastructure across the continent.

The report cites promising developments in Ghana:

Ghana is set to commission the first sub-Saharan Africa’s LNG-to-power project at Tema LNG Terminal. A floating regasification unit arrived from China in January 2021 and it will be able to deliver 1.7 million tons of natural gas per year for power generation. Ghana’s electricity consumption remains lower than the average over the sub-Saharan region and far below that of developed countries. Bridge Power project in Tema will have the capacity to produce 400MW of electricity from liquefied natural gas. This is equivalent to the power consumption of 1.6 million average Ghanaian homes.

And this is only one example: From new gas-to-power projects in Tanzania to the construction of gas pipelines in Nigeria, African countries are poised to produce, transport, and harness natural gas to boost their power capacities.

And why shouldn’t they? A total of 25 countries on the continent have proven natural gas reserves, 11 of which are currently generating power from their own domestic production in sub-Saharan Africa. Oil and gas are the largest sources of income for many of these countries and have been for decades, giving Africa a substantial well of experience and expertise among its own population to build on. Ceasing oil and gas development in these markets would be devastating both economically and politically, potentially even leading to government collapse and drastically increased poverty. Allowing Africans to build on what they already have increases social stability and the capacity to further develop technological capability.

Ultimately, Africans deserve the same level of energy access and security that the rest of the world takes for granted. The number of people left behind is simply too large to allow foreign agendas to take viable options off the table. If Africans are to do their part in solving the world’s biggest problems such as climate change, they have to be enabled to control their own destinies and participate on their own terms. Gas-to-power is a means to that end, and a brighter future for Africa could mean a brighter future for us all.

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Thomas Gasloli
November 8, 2021 2:10 pm

Maybe all those Euro-American left wing climate activists are the real raaacist. Why else would they want to keep Africa poor?

4E Douglas
Reply to  Thomas Gasloli
November 8, 2021 2:16 pm

Said this very thing for years.
IT is real.

Reply to  4E Douglas
November 8, 2021 11:07 pm

Me too

I’ve banged on about Attenborough, Populations Matters, The Optimum Trust, et al for their hatred of black, Asian, Muslims etc for years

Their policies are racist but they get away with it because they’re “saving the planet”

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Thomas Gasloli
November 8, 2021 2:23 pm

Maybe all those Euro-American left wing climate activists are the real raaacist.

Waddaya mean, “maybe”? KKK? Slavers?

Reply to  Thomas Gasloli
November 8, 2021 4:04 pm

Joe Biden eulogized high ranked Klu Klux Klan recruiter Robert Byrd (no MSM outcry, no leftie protests)

A leftie white women on a bike wearing a black gorilla mask was yelling at Larry Elder and throwing eggs at him,
just because Larry Elder ran for a party black people are not allowed to run for (and no MSM outcry)

Rumor has it that Ruth Bader Ginsberg said in terms of anti abortion laws which mostly protect non white babies as the majority of aborted babies are not white :” Why are they doing that.
That’s not how you get rid of unwanted people”
That part was cut out to protect her legacy.

So it seems that Malcolm X was right ,when he said
“The biggest threat to america and black people are liberals”

Reply to  Thomas Gasloli
November 9, 2021 1:38 am

why haven’t the fossil fuel firms stepped in to improve African lives? why haven’t developed powers provided fossil fuel solutions to enrich Africa now and in the past?

Patrick MJD
Reply to  griff
November 9, 2021 2:43 am

Not only do not know Australia, you do not know Africa. I really wish you’d stop commenting on things you have no idea about.

Reply to  Patrick MJD
November 9, 2021 9:58 am

“I really wish you’d stop commenting on things you have no idea about.”

Then he wouldn’t have anything to comment on!

Tom Abbott
Reply to  griff
November 9, 2021 4:55 am

“why haven’t the fossil fuel firms stepped in to improve African lives?”

They do. The fossil fuel companies supply fossil fuels to anyone who wants to buy them, and that includes Africans.

Andy Pattullo
Reply to  griff
November 9, 2021 7:22 am

That’s an excellent question. Why, instead of doing the right thing, are wealthy nations, the EU, the UN, the World Bank and people like you doing everything possible to inhibit development of cheap reliable electrical systems in Africa? How do yo sleep at night?

Reply to  griff
November 9, 2021 2:50 pm

A total of 25 countries on the continent have proven natural gas reserves, 11 of which are currently generating power from their own domestic production in sub-Saharan Africa. Oil and gas are the largest sources of income for many of these countries and have been for decades

Who do you think found and helped develop these reserves?

Pamela Matlack-Klein
Reply to  Thomas Gasloli
November 9, 2021 1:38 am

A few years ago I met some Nigerian delegates at a conference. Their biggest complaints were that they were not allowed to borrow money to build coal-burning power plants to make use of their own coal and no DDT! The World Bank money was freely available to them but they were required to use it for windmills and solar panels. DDT has been an issue for many years. UN aid workers hand out mosquito nets but refuse to give them DDT. Is it any wonder China started moving into Africa?

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Pamela Matlack-Klein
November 9, 2021 3:51 am

I saw many “projects” in Ethiopia that were funded by the Chinese in 2006 that did not employ locals and did not provide any kind of benefit to locals in exchange for mining rights.

Pamela Matlack-Klein
Reply to  Patrick MJD
November 9, 2021 6:14 am

I suspect that inviting the Chinese in for their monetary assistance comes with a lot of strings. If China is able to wrest control of much of the African mineral wealth it will be only the fault of the western countries that have refused aid or tied it to windmills and solar panels.

Richard Page
Reply to  Pamela Matlack-Klein
November 9, 2021 7:36 am

China is interested in the mineral wealth but also seems to want land that it can develop into naval bases, much like the USA did after WW2 – it’s planning ahead to when it becomes the dominant power in at least the Asian-Pacific region.

Reply to  Richard Page
November 9, 2021 8:55 am

Yep . . this is why PM Scott Morrison pledged an extra $500 million in funding for neighbouring Pacific and South-East Asian countries impacted by climate change.

The background to this is that China have been making overtures in our back yard with promises of cheap loans, infrastructure and all the rest. These small neighbouring South-East Asian countries very well know this and are happy enough to shake down Oz for the funds . . and there’s not much we can do about if we don’t want China installing air bases on our back fence.

The small up-side is that ScoMo get’s to direct the aid and avoid unwanted interaction with the UN’s ‘Green Climate Fund’ . . or whatever it’s called.

Gregory Woods
November 8, 2021 2:16 pm

and he believes in Climate crisis…

Dave Fair
Reply to  Gregory Woods
November 8, 2021 2:19 pm

He would not have been invited to COP26 if he didn’t.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Gregory Woods
November 8, 2021 2:24 pm

and he believes in Climate crisis…

He must say that or the message would be completely silenced

Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
November 8, 2021 6:33 pm


Reply to  Gregory Woods
November 8, 2021 6:17 pm

To be fair, he said the “threat of climate change is real”. Yes indeed, they have been threatening us for many years, but reality hasn’t followed.

Coeur de Lion
November 8, 2021 2:26 pm

And coal

Gunga Din
Reply to  Coeur de Lion
November 9, 2021 4:53 pm

If I remember correctly, back Clinton was President, there were 3 sources of very clean coal deposits in the world. One was in Indonesia and owned by the Lippo group.(Heavy foreign, illegal, contributors to his campaign.) One was in Utah. He declared the area a Nation Refuge (or something like that) which then prohibited mining of that coal. The last was in Africa which was impractical because of the politics and logistics made it impractical to mine.

November 8, 2021 2:51 pm

If it keeps them from exporting their people, it’s fine with me.

Reply to  guest
November 8, 2021 11:09 pm

What a shitty comment

Andy Pattullo
Reply to  guest
November 9, 2021 10:12 am

It is quite possible you live in a wealthy western nation which would be facing significant economic risk from depopulation and aging if it weren’t for immigration from countries just like the ones you are trashing. Uncontrolled immigration is a problem, but no immigration would be the death of many Western economies.

Reply to  Andy Pattullo
November 10, 2021 7:45 am

Very few of the immigrants pay for themselves. Waving a magic wand, proclaiming an amnesty would make the illegals “legal” but would only have the effect of making them eligible for even more social service benefits.

Nearly all the immigrants in Scandinavian countries are legal and welcomed. How has that turned out for them?

How did our economies survive in the past when we had fewer people?

Layor nala
November 8, 2021 2:53 pm

How do we make sure that selfish little Greta and her ignorant (racist?) followers understand (or want to) the total picture.

Reply to  Layor nala
November 8, 2021 4:37 pm

you cant

history showed burning of the witches was a religiously supported event

so is our current hysteria

November 8, 2021 3:16 pm

Interesting that he is appealing to the desire of the alarmist crowd by promoting natural gas, the fossil fuel with the lowest concentration of the devil element, carbon.

Will his well thought-out, rational argument gain any traction with the eco-commies?

No. Common sense does not work when your motives are to grab power from everybody, even those, and especially those, who have no power.

November 8, 2021 3:40 pm

Reality speaks. Unfortunately the Marxists aren’t listening because their MO is to take from those that worked for it and start a war to end war. Their goal as stated is to bring everyone to the same level of lifestyle but they fail to tell you the level is below that of the average person in a Capitalist country. Yes, 600M people deserve to be brought into the 21st century. Kudos to Africans for wanting to build an economy themselves.

November 8, 2021 3:41 pm

Griff told us they only need a couple of solar panels and a few LED lights and the problem was all fixed.

Reply to  LdB
November 8, 2021 4:40 pm

I worked for a company that had a petroleum discovery in Uganda

we use to give the local army diesel for there tank – then we had to help bring it back when they used it up

we also provide a charging station for their mobile phones

the place for the locals was mud huts no hospitals and subsistence living

great to visit and see but I was glad our camp had power fresh food and hot water

unfortunately the indigenous population did not

Reply to  LdB
November 9, 2021 1:39 am

I told you that people who get a few panels and LED solar lights are getting small but life changing amounts of electricity, which they have not and will not get from imaginary fossil fuel power and grids.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  griff
November 9, 2021 2:44 am

And that’s why many Africans burn their environment. You really have no idea what you are talking about.

Reply to  griff
November 9, 2021 5:56 am

Not going to get life changing amounts of electricity from sporadic wind or after dusk from solar either.

Richard Page
Reply to  griff
November 9, 2021 7:44 am

Small and insignificant amounts of energy, installed by foreign workers, maintained by foreign workers and with foreign aid money – all to keep a foreign boot on the neck of the poor and powerless locals. When will you realise that people like you are the problem; you are modern colonialists perfectly happy to keep those people at the bottom of the heap – as a source of unskilled labour for the menial jobs while you and your ‘aspirational betters’ lord it over them?

Joao Martins
Reply to  griff
November 9, 2021 8:30 am

This comment of yours gives a stupiditometer reading almost equal to Marie Antoinette’s “Let them eat cake!”…

Gunga Din
Reply to  griff
November 9, 2021 4:58 pm

Griff, those fossil fuel power grids are only “imaginary” because the Green Blob won’t let them be built.

November 8, 2021 3:50 pm

–When it comes to reliability, fossil fuels remain the standard by which all other energy sources are judged, and natural gas is the cleanest among them by far. All of sub-Saharan Africa could triple its electricity use overnight using only natural gas and still account for only a 1% increase in global emissions, so low is its starting point.–

I seems if tripled natural gas, one could reduce emissions.
Think of all wasted effort more natural gas would eliminate.
It’s analogous to using tap water rather carrying water from a well- but it’s a far more complex
issue. Now one might more easily count the CO2 emission, but if could account for all
CO2 emission- it should lower the total CO2 emission.
Not mention lower pollution. And wind and solar creates a lot toxic pollution.

November 8, 2021 4:25 pm

Caleb Rossiter said the same thing in 2014 and this was the result:

Climate Change Editorial Gets Professor Fired From Think Tank

Rossiter, a long-time progressive activist who stated in the editorial that he spent his entire career “on the foreign policy left,” questioned what he deemed the well-intentioned campaign for so-called climate justice. Explained Rossiter, in part:

And I oppose the campaign even more for trying to deny to Africans the reliable electricity — and thus the economic development and extended years of life — that fossil fuels can bring. The left wants to stop industrialization — even if the hypothesis of catastrophic, man-made global warming is false.”

Within two days of the publication, the progressive think tank, via email, fired the professor after a long-term affiliation for straying from the organization’s policy on climate science.

Once something is “settled” on the progressive Left, the next step is cancellation, ostracization and linking you to the fossil fuel industry. (lol)

November 8, 2021 4:32 pm

Finally! A sensible article on energy, instead of the usual green drivel from the usual energy-imbeciles.

I updated my latest paper today (November 8, 2021):
by Allan MacRae, B.A.Sc., M.Eng., Update November 8, 2021
The ability to correctly predict is the best objective measure of scientific and technical competence.
Following are the correct predictions of Allan MacRae and colleagues on two important subjects:
Our scientific predictions on both these subjects are infinitely more accurate than the mainstream narratives, which have been false and baselessly alarmist to date.

November 8, 2021 4:34 pm

my brother enlightened me

Geothermal is no free from CO2
the water contains large amounts of CO2 which are released when you extract the energy

So there is another energy source gone

to produce 1kg of Silicon you produce circa 20kg of Carbon Dioxide

to produce 10kg of Hydrogen you need 15m3 of seawater – not to mention the environmental damage to the environment from the hypersaline seawater return to the ocean

oh well

Loren Wilson
Reply to  John
November 8, 2021 7:28 pm

The process as you outline it doesn’t produce high-salinity salt water. If you start with 15 cubic meters of sea water, that gives you 15450 kg of sea water. To make 10 kg of hydrogen, you dissociate 90 kg of water, leaving the other 15360 kg of water and salt. This increases the salinity of the water from 3.5% before the process to 3.52%. Nothing to worry about. the same goes for cooling a nuclear power plant using sea water. It’s a big ocean and only a very small area shows any affect of the warmer water.

Reply to  John
November 8, 2021 9:43 pm

Geothermal is a many dimensional thing. Whether or not much CO2 is atmosphere bound is quite variable and some processes will release none.

While the idea of extra salt to the sea could have a scary aspect, is it real or just a noise in the night? There are many seawater to freshwater plants in the world, mostly using some form of reverse osmosis. Do you have evidence of environmental damage from any of them?

Gunga Din
Reply to  John
November 9, 2021 5:04 pm

That’s been the greatest success of the CAGW cr*p. Convincing people that the release of CO2 is a detriment.

Geothermal’s problem is the same as building a dam for hydro power. Neither will work everywhere.
(But where they do work, they’re great.)

Chris Hanley
November 8, 2021 4:36 pm

… long-term power storage technology are needed to solve these problems, but implementing these things on a nationwide or continent-wide scale won’t happen overnight …

Wind and solar are far too energy dilute, even with large-scale storage they can never sustain a modern economy.

November 8, 2021 5:13 pm

This article is heartening on one hand and disheartening on the other. I am delighted that this guy had the cajones to stand up to the climate extremists. What is disheartening is that he even considers it necessary to get have other nations approval concerning energy production. My question is does Africa have coal reserves?

Reply to  Bob
November 8, 2021 8:09 pm

Bunches of coal. S. Africa could float a big city on coal.

Reply to  Bob
November 9, 2021 1:43 am

Africa is a vast continent and no, much of it does NOT have in country coal or natural gas reserves.

and they don’t have the cash to import it if they don’t have it.

Morocco for example has no significant coal or gas reserves… it currently has 35% renewable electricity, using local low tech concentrating solar for a large part and aims at 100% renewable.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  griff
November 9, 2021 2:46 am

Again, talking rubbish. Africa *DOES* have enormous mineral wealth.

Dave Andrews
Reply to  griff
November 9, 2021 8:44 am

Five of the top thirty oil producing countries are in Africa and the continent has around 10% of the world’s oil reserves.

Libya has the 8th largest proven oil reserves, Nigeria the 11th, Algeria the 16th, Sudan and South Sudan 23rd and 24th.

Uganda, Congo, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya and Ghana all have considerable reserves.

Africa has 36 billion tonnes of proven coal reserves and whilst 90% of them are in S. Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Botswana have estimated reserves of 46 billion tonnes.

Africa also has 8% of the world’s natural gas reserves.

Africa is much bigger than Morocco.

Reply to  Bob
November 10, 2021 6:24 pm

Africa does indeed have coal in biblical ammounts, Botswana has over 200 billion tons of it, South Africa is hard to estimate, because mosf is underground

in the Case of South Africa, they could build 112GW of AUSC coal powerplants and not use a single extra ton of coal because most of it is uses for industrial furnaces and heating that can be easily electrified like with EAF furnaces, and also because their current Coal powerplants were built in the 1960s, are at the end of their lifespan to not mention how inefficient they are

November 8, 2021 6:09 pm

This could be the option for Africa:

California Governor Gavin Newsom Proclaims Natural Gas To Be Zero-Carbon

So, if natural gas is zero-carbon, then it may be possible to crack longer chain hydrocarbons to get them at or below C4H10 before combustion. And thus crude oil is back on the table!

Reply to  Anon
November 8, 2021 9:47 pm

Just like wood burning and forest burning and biofuel production, and methane to hydrogen and … whatever is convenient but still allows the shills to scream..

Reply to  Anon
November 8, 2021 11:13 pm

A proclamation from the high priest of California


Joao Martins
Reply to  Anon
November 9, 2021 8:34 am

California Governor Gavin Newsom Proclaims Natural Gas To Be Zero-Carbon

Well, … that is the foundation of a new science, Political Chemistry …

Dennis G Sandberg
November 8, 2021 6:20 pm

The next time you hear a liberal/progressive explain their care and concern about the downtrodden and disadvantaged and how they care about the “little fellers” instead of the “Rockefellers” remember this posting and how US&EU banks will only finance wind and solar in Africa. Disgraceful & pathetic liberalism.

November 8, 2021 6:26 pm

This book explains why FF are the only viable energy source to lift people out of poverty.
The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels.

Andy Pattullo
November 8, 2021 6:29 pm

It is utterly disgusting to live in the wealthiest, most privileged nations on Earth and, on a whim decide to forbid cheap reliable energy and development to those still struggling to reach a modicum of comfort and health. To do so on the basis of a completely unfounded theory about climate disaster is negligence and malfeasance of the highest order.

Reply to  Andy Pattullo
November 8, 2021 9:48 pm

but it is for a good purpose; just keep you eye on those evil oil companies

jubal hershaw
November 8, 2021 8:18 pm

“Electric power is everywhere present in unlimited quantities and can drive the world’s machinery without the need for coal, oil, gas or any other common fuels.” Nikola Tesla.
But with “free” energy comes the pressure to de-centralise, restore (political) power to the local. Cant let that happen , and there’s no profits in it…

November 8, 2021 9:54 pm

No no you don’t understand all the ejumacted people that have looked into this for you and know what’s best for us all-
Most Electricity in Industrialized Nations Could Be From Wind And Solar, Study Shows (

The study shows that the majority of electricity demand in many industrialized nations can be met by some combination of wind and solar power sources, as long as extra efforts are made to install energy storage facilities to cover times of intermittent production.

….the researchers were able to model how increases in wind and solar energy power production could potentially meet the demands of nations from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

You’re nearer the equator so you’re the very model of a modern major generator.

“Wind and solar could meet more than 80 percent of demand in many places without crazy amounts of storage or excess generating capacity, which is the critical point,” 

Don’t listen to the skeptics and doubters-
Saving nuclear plant could help California hit climate goals -report (
as they’re just out to earn a quid rather than save the planet-
‘Demand is assured, supply is not’: Deep Yellow’s John Borshoff on why the uranium sector is in ‘a broken-down state’ (

November 9, 2021 1:37 am

I note once again the failure of fossil fuel to provide power or electricity grids across Africa in the last 50 years.

what new and different political or economic circumstances would suddenly make that possible now?

There are many African nations without coal and/or gas resources of their own: they have not got the cash to import them to fossil fuel power stations.

the facts remain: across Africa small scale and renewable solutions are providing ever more power on a local basis, changing lives – in places where there has been and will be no prospect of a fossil fuel grid and fossil fuel power.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  griff
November 9, 2021 2:47 am

That is a responsibility of individual countries in Africa nothing to do with fossil fuels. Again, you are talking crap.

Reply to  griff
November 9, 2021 7:08 am

It’s like this griff. You get rid of coal by subsidizing and mandating unreliables and that leaves increased demand for gas to keep the lights on. In the absence of coal up goes the price of gas and who does that impact most? Duh!
Woodsmoke clouds Nigeria’s carbon reduction plans (

You and the climate changers are thrilled to bits that they’re following in the footsteps of Drax at the local level I suppose?

Reply to  griff
November 9, 2021 8:06 am

Take that up with African politicians and charities … what does that have to do with fossil fuels or fossil companies?

You have this twisted greentard view that companies have some responsibility to save Africa.

Julian Flood
November 9, 2021 2:38 am

Let no-one say that the UK is an inward-looking society, unaware of the troubles faced by countries where energy supplies are intermittent and threaten development. Our government feels so strongly about this matter that it has decided, in solidarity, to ensure that our situations are the same.

It is, of course, impossible to make energy supplies reliable by depending on renewables with their problems of intermittency, so the UK is abandoning reliability as it is a colonialist concept. By closing down nuclear, oil and coal power stations together with their ability to provide some spinning inertia, by reducing supply safety margins to the extent where we are occasionally having to use the pumped hydro at Dinorwig (designed as a last-ditch backup to cold start the Grid in the event of a catastrophic failure — just to keep the lights on when the wind drops, we will this winter or next join the third world by sitting in the dark burning candles.

Don’t believe me? See gridwatch templar for a real-time readout of what we are doing to the grid.

Patrick MJD
November 9, 2021 2:41 am

Having been to Africa several times I can state with confidence no-one I met was worried about climate change.

There were many times I sat in bars, restaurants and hotels when the lights went out.

Serge Wright
November 9, 2021 3:39 am

The green idiots only have themselves to blame for the relentless progression of FF. If they had advocated nuclear from day 1, instead of useless RE, then we would have low cost modular nuclear reactors powering all new development everywhere. Instead, we have useless RE (plus legacy FF as backup) killing the west and FF is ramping up exponentially in the developing world which is home to 85% of people. Not only is RE sending the west broke, it’s providing a rapid end to western democracy and a free and easy takeover of the world by China. Watching the green zealots squeal as the new masters confiscate their homes and assets will provide some comfort before my own more modest pile follows.

Tom Abbott
November 9, 2021 4:50 am

From the article: “As I said at that time, “we live in reality. And today, in real-world Africa, this goal is not feasible. Nor is it advisable”

There is reality, right there.

This African man’s common sense is why COP26 will be a failure and why attempts by some nations to reduce their CO2 output is doomed to failure as far as reducing an amount they think will prevent the temperatures from climbing by 1.5C.

As Western nations reduce their CO2 output, African nations will be increasing their output.

And they should increase their output. Nothing but good things happen with more CO2 in the air, despite the West’s obsession with fearing this benign gas.

Michael in Dublin
November 9, 2021 5:12 am

Africa is responsible for less than 3% of the CO2 but has 17% of the world population. It has considerable resources including coal, oil and gas – not to mention huge hydro potential. The biggest problems lie in corruption, fraud, mismanagement and incompetence all aggravated by political instability.

Thirty years ago South Africa had a reliable supply of cheap electricity which enabled the country to develop industry, agriculture and mining ahead of all other African countries. Today is another story. It has gone downhill at an alarming rate. The President was at COP26 begging for billions of dollars while selling green energy as the solution to African problems.

Blackouts and load shedding are the order of the day in South Africa – that should be the shining example to the continent. Here is comment from disgruntled worker:
There are no spares, because there is no money. Staff are trying to improvise and get permission for makeshift plans, but when the pawpaw hits the fan, management turns on them and blames them.” They depend on diesel for their backup generators and there is a shortage of diesel – or could it be a shortage of funds to buy diesel? Millions have been stolen by certain workers and suppliers to the electricity company.

Andy Pattullo
Reply to  Michael in Dublin
November 9, 2021 10:07 am

“Africa is responsible for less than 3% of the CO2 but has 17% of the world population.”

So true and now we should get out of the way and let the Africans do their part to enrich the biosphere with live-giving CO2. Freedom of religion doesn’t mean freedom to force your beliefs on others, and CAGW is pure religion 0% science.

Bill Rocks
November 9, 2021 9:41 am

An excellent statement from the chair of the African Energy Chamber.

Reminds me of the book: “Eco-Imperialism Green Power Black Death”.

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