A power sector scorecard published in the new edition of the African Energy Atlas shows that a net 15.5GW installed capacity was added in Africa in 2017.
The scorecard draws on African Energy Live Data – an online platform providing constantly monitored project level detail on more than 5,000 operating, under-construction and pipeline electricity generation projects – to provide a snapshot of the state of the electricity sector during the previous calendar year.
It illustrates whether electricity generation is expanding at the same rate as population and GDP growth (with projections for the period through to 2023), whether renewable energy use is increasing and if the rate of increase is being sustained, and whether reliance on costly fuel oils is being reduced.
Data anlaysed for the scorecard also shows that of an additional 27.9GW scheduled to come online in 2018 only 9GW was commissioned by July. A net 66GW is scheduled to be added in 2018-2020.
First published in December 2007, the Atlas has become an indispensable resource for all energy industry professionals, policy makers and academics with an interest in the continent. At 100 pages, the African Energy Atlas 2018/2019 is the largest and most comprehensive edition yet, with coverage of the power sector enhanced by drawing on African Energy Live Data.
In addition to providing exclusive data on trends within the African electricity supply industry, Live Data has provided our experienced cartographer with access to a more comprehensive dataset on which to illustrate current and potential power generation across every African country. The result is the most detailed set of power maps to be published in African Energy’s 20 years.
Coverage of the upstream oil and gas sector has also been enhanced, while the pdf edition of the Atlas is for the first time fully searchable, helping readers to quickly navigate to the location of specific projects shown on the maps.
As with all previous editions, every map has been made using EPS graphics, which don’t lose resolution as the file is enlarged.