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Possible Climate Change Impacts on Large Hydroelectricity Schemes in Southern Africa

"There is growing concern that developing countries, such as South Africa, should reduce their coal dependence for energy generation and look to other cleaner technologies. Hydroelectricity is one such option. A number of potential large hydro sites…

Lesotho Highlands: Water Woes or Win-Wins?

"The Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) has been acknowledged as a feat of engineering excellence; the real achievement being to use gravity tunnels and dams to divert the river from its natural flow (towards Aliwal North in the Eastern Cape) 5…

Damned if you Dam: Tanzania's Energy Dilemmas

A relatively small proportion of Tanzania’s rural population has access to electricity. Broad-based access to electricity is critical to inclusive, sustainable development. Electrification entails significant positive benefits; its absence portends …

Renewable Energy in Morocco: A Reign-long Project

The Kingdom of Morocco, which has no oil and gas, has shifted to renewable energy as early as 1960, giving priority to hydroelectricity and the construction of dams. However, most of the country’s power plants were and remain powered by diesel or ga…

A Review of the Power Sector in Nigeria

The Nigerian government has taken steps to try and address the challenges faces across the power generation value chain. They include the introduction of a power regulatory body – the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) in 2005 - the u…

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