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Weekly Newsletter - 20/01/2017

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
Nigeria: Climate Bonds Initiative hosts first step towards issuing first tranche of sovereign green bonds - Alternative Energy Africa
Nigeria: Gas constraints causes loss of 2,885MW towards economic growth in January 2017 - ESI Africa
Cameroon: Government, Joule Africa and ENEO to develop Kpep hydropower project - Alternative Energy Africa
Niger: Four renewable energy projects identified to receive $44.5m from ADFD and IRENA - Alternative Energy Africa
Liberia: Illegal power connections being investigated by utility to reduce effects on bottom line - ESI Africa
Gambia: African Union no longer recognises Jammeh as President after he rejects election results - Quartz Africa
East Africa
Burundi: Gigawatt Global announces preparation to begin construction on 7.5MW solar PV plant - ESI Africa
Kenya: Electrification plan to achieve universal access in four years - Quartz Africa
Kenya: Lake Turkana wind power project to connect remaining 30 turbines before generating power - ESI Africa
Tanzania: Rural electrification project excludes areas due to obstruction from local communities - ESI Africa
Tanzania: SEFA's approved grant designated for affordable finance to private sector for clean energy project development - ESI Africa
Tanzania: Utility requires grant funding from World Bank after President refuses to increase tariff - Engineering News
East Africa: EU encourages shift away from water intensive generation towards solar development - ESI Africa
Southern Africa
Botswana: Tlou Energy releases RFP to develop a 100MW coal bed methane power project - ESI Africa
South Africa: Preferred bidders entitled to enforce Eskom's signature on PPAs - Alternative Energy Africa
South Africa: Public-private partnerships should be considered o bridge gap in energy deficit - ESI Africa 
South Africa: Radiation safety regulations to be improved on - ESI Africa
South Africa: Eskom revises payment scheme to Zimbabwean power company - ESI Africa
South Africa: Khobab wind farm nears completion in Loeriesfontein - Engineering News
Africa General / Rest of World
US: Obama transfers $500m to Green Climate Fund to protect Paris deal - the Guardian
US: Lifts select sanctions on Sudan - Alternative Energy Africa
US: New York budgets $360m for funding of 11 large-scale renewable energy projects - PV Tech
UK: Pending sale of Green Investment Bank could lead to advanced stripping of assets - Renewable Energy World
India: Solar auction in Madhya Pradesh of 750MW solar project draws below $0.06/kWh - PV Tech
India: Asian Development Bank (ADB) approves a US$390 million for India’s ReNew Power - PV Tech
Tidal turbine, Pulsus horizontal-axis spiral design, was successfully tested in Norway - Alternative Energy Africa
Shift to base-cost renewables - predictions for 2017 - Bloomberg New Energy Finance
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