Weekly Newsletter - 17/02/2017

Dear <<First Name>>,

Please find below this week's summary of renewable and related energy news for Africa and beyond.
Kind regards,
The REPP Team
West Africa
Benin: Government to implement biomass project in attempt to mitigate impacts of climate change - Alternative Energy Africa
DRC: UN, AU and EU urge government and opposition parties to break crisis 'impasse' - MSN News
Burkina Faso: Electrification Development Tax contributed ~$20m to finance rural electrification program - Alternative Energy Africa
Nigeria: Obama's Power Africa to invest $1bn in power sector - PV Tech
Nigeria: 30% of payments to NERC have been withheld by the distribution companies - ESI Africa
Nigeria: The supply industry reported a loss of $3000 due to gas and water constraints - ESI Africa
Niger: Government sets up steering committee to study potential nuclear power program - Alternative Energy Africa
Sierra Leone: AfDB and DfID commit $53m to extend the Bo-Kenema Electricity Distribution System - ESI Africa
East Africa
Kenya: Lake Turkana wind farm locked in legal dispute with four nomadic communities - Climate Home
Kenya: REA to invest $2.1 bn in country's electricity supply network over 5 year period - ESI Africa
Kenya: Low rainfall expected in  March-May, causing increased activity of standby generators and tariff hikes - Engineering News
Tanzania: Kibo Mining awards China based EPC, SEPCO III, to build coal power plant - ESI Africa
Tanzania: Members of the Ogat presented arguments against oil and gas draft regulation - ESI Africa
Uganda: Government sets up a renewable energy framework for the increase of uptake - ESI Africa
Southern Africa
Zimbabwe: ZERA bans inefficient light bulbs and insists on labelling for all lighting products - ESI Africa
Namibia: Stimulus Investments buys stake in Khomas Solar Saver, an SPV for rooftop solar PV installation - ESI Africa
South Africa: Integrated Resource Plan to be confirmed in Q3 of 2017 - ESI Africa
South Africa: NERSA rejects Eskom's proposal for 2.2% tariff hike due to wasteful operational practices - ESI Africa
South Africa: Trade Invest Africa and SAEEC work to promote Zambia as an investment destination - Alternative Energy Africa
Africa General / Rest of World
Africa: Set to become leading gas market and significant market for development of LNG - ESI Africa
Africa: Batteries seen as holding back mini-grid evolution - PV Tech
MENA: Solar pipeline for 2017 equates to more than 4GW - PV Tech
Renewables: Technology evolution as the driver for uptake instead of policy - NewCo
Dubai: ABB collaborates with DEWA to integrate solar energy and supports alternative energy ambition - Alternative Energy Africa
US: Governors urge Trump to support wind and solar power - Bloomberg
US: AllianzGI closes investment on Balko Wind - The PE Hub Network
France: Draft self-consumption law of electricity from renewable energy sources to be adopted - PV Tech
Australia: ARENA commits $4.1m in funding to commercialise battery technology - Renewable Energy World
India: IFC could invest up to $15m in compulsory convertible debentures - The Economic Times
Perennial crops grown alongside agricultural crops improve sustainability - Renewable Energy World
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