Weekly Newsletter - 11/05/2018

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
Nigeria: AfDB approves grant of $1.5m to support allactivities in developing two 100MW power projects - Alternative Energy Africa
Nigeria: NNPC announce strategy to end gas flaring, with no incentives, infrastructure or legislative backing for initiative - ESI Africa
Nigeria: Government's Power Sector Recovery Programme to assist in improving distribution capacities, however, privatisation of the sector presents challenges - ESI Africa
Mauritania: Country to export between 40 to 50MW to Mali, in effort to reduce energy deficit - Alternative Energy Africa
Cote d'Ivoire: ECOWAS and ECREEE establish regional initiative to facilitate the participation of women in the energy sector - ESI Africa                         
East Africa
Kenya: Construction of two hydropower projects, worth $627m, on hold due to protesters - Alternative Energy Africa
Kenya: ERC conducting audit and compliance investigations of solar water heating installations or property owners risk imprisonment - ESI Africa
Kenya: KenGen awarded loan guarantee of $180m from the World Bank targeted to further development of renewable energy - Alternative Energy Africa
Kenya: Access to electricity rate has increased from 56% to 73% in 2017, under the Last Mile Connectivity Project - Alternative Energy Africa
Tanzania: AfDB to finance 2.1GW hydroelectric plant at World Heritage site - Alternative Energy Africa
Malawi: Toshiba sign MoU with MNREM to develop the geothermal power sector, along with capacity building training - ESI Africa
Rwanda: Feasibility study indicates tariff reductions are possible for industral sector, given productivity capacity - ESI Africa
Southern Africa
Malawi: Toshiba sign Mou with government to develop geothermal power plant of between 1 to 10 MW - Alternative Energy Africa
South Africa: MIGA approves guarantees of $73m for development of three wind farms, covering equity and shareholder loan investments - ESI Africa
Caribbean and Southeast Asia
UAE to invest $50m into renewable energy projects in Antigua, Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, St Vincent and the Grenadines - OZY
CARICOM aims to seek technical assistance and swap debt for investment in climate adaptation strategies for Caribbean - devex
Venezuela: ConocoPhillips to take Caribbean assets of state-run PDVSA to enforce a $2bn arbitration award - BusinessDay
Southeast Asia: Drilling in Bangkok, Thailand and Malaysia is boosted to cater to increased demand for gas supply - NIKKEI Asian Review
Indonesia: Sarulla geothermal power plant, installed capacity 330MW, reaches commercial operation - Renewable Energy World
Africa General / Rest of World
AfDB conducts anti-corruption investigation on CHINT Electric, to find fraudulent practices - Alternative Energy Africa
Encouraging access to end-use technologies promotes enterprise development - the Jumeme story - Alternative Energy Africa
IRENA report identifies decarbonisation of global energy system can create up to 28 million jobs in the sector by 2050 - Alternative Energy Africa
UK: Hydrogen stored in gas grid could prove more beneficial than coupling renewable energy projects with batteries - Renewable Energy World
Hawaii: New legislature to create microgrid specific tariff, aimed to facilitate microgrid development and use - Renewable Energy World
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