Point of Comparison: “Let’s Power Africa”

Power Africa Graphic

Cowboys Stadium uses more electricity than the entire installed capacity of the country of Liberia.

In sub-Sarharan Africa more than 550 million people live without access to electricity. In Liberia, 1% of urban-dwellers has electricity. Everyone else in the country relies on candles, kerosene, palm 0il, firewood and small polluting generators. The health and social costs are obvious. Small businesses in Liberia spend about 57 % of their operational costs on power alone.

The US is leading an initiative called Power Africa aimed at doubling electricity access in sub-Saharan Africa, creating 10,000 MW of capacity serving 20 million new households.

Read an account of the initiative by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first female President of Liberia, published by Foreign Policy

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