Angola adds the most capacity to power generation in Africa
- May 15, 2019
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By Desmond Davies, GNA London Bureau Chief
London, May 15, GNA – Angola newly installed668 megawatts (MW) of hydroelectricity in 2018, makes it the number one Africancountry to add the most capacity to electricity generation from hydropower,according to the 2019 Hydropower Status Report published to coincide with theongoing biennial World Hydropower Congress in Paris.
Zimbabwe (150MW), the Democratic Republic of Congo (121 MW), Egypt (32 MW) and Uganda (24MW) were the other leading African countries that increased capacity inrenewable hydroelectricity last year.
East Asia andthe Pacific once again added the most, 9.2 gigawatts (GW) followed by SouthAmerica (4.9 GW), South and Central Asia (4.0 GW), Europe (2.2 GW), Africa (1.0GW) and North and Central America (0.6 GW).
The HydropowerStatus Report, published by the International Hydropower Association (IHA), isan authoritative guide to key trends in hydropower development.
Compiled by theIHA’s team of analysts, the report presents latest capacity and generation datafrom over 200 countries and territories.
“Four years onsince the Sustainable Development Goals were agreed at the United Nations in2015, governments increasingly recognise hydropower as playing a vital role innational strategies for delivering affordable and clean electricity, managingfreshwater, combating climate change and improving livelihoods,” wrote IHAChief Executive Richard Taylor and IHA President Ken Adams in the foreword tothe report.
It alsofeatures policy insights from leading government ministers responsible forhydropower development, including Uganda’s Minister of Energy and Minerals,Irene Nafuna Muloni.
She emphasisedthe need to raise investment capital for hydropower development to widenelectricity access and support socio-economic transformation.
The WorldHydropower Congress is focusing on hydropower’s role in delivering on the ParisClimate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals, under the theme: ‘ThePower of Water in a Sustainable, Interconnected World’.
Hundreds ofdecision-makers, innovators and experts from over 70 countries are attendingthe Congress.
Throughdiscussion sessions and workshops, participants have been sharing knowledge onhow hydropower can be financed, developed and operated sustainably.
The UK-basedIHA is a non-profit membership organisation formed in 1995.
It says it is“committed to building and sharing knowledge on hydropower’s role in renewableenergy systems, responsible freshwater management and climate changesolutions”.
At the openingof the Congress on Tuesday, IHA President Adams, underlined the importance ofcollaboration between the hydropower sector and wider communities.
“The spirit ofIHA has always been to engage in dialogue with stakeholders from differentcountries, sectors and backgrounds.
“We believethat stronger outcomes are ensured when objectives are shared and dialogue isopen.
“The largestcommunity which we are all a part of is the human community, living on a planetfacing unprecedented stress and having to build consensus and achieve action tobuild a more sustainable future,” Mr Adams said.
“We support theSustainable Development Goals and believe the targets set by the ParisAgreement require us all to work harder to ensure that renewable energy can beprovided to all in a sustainable way,” he added.
The ExecutiveDirector of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Fatih Birol, told theCongress that despite its promise globally, investment in the renewable sectorhad slowed.
He said the IEAplanned to dedicate its next renewable energy report to hydropower.
“Hydropower -why are we so keen? Because of its potential, especially in Africa,” said DrBirol.
“Today inSub-Saharan Africa two out of three people have no access to electricity.Morally, it is a shame for all of us.
“We thinkhydropower can provide a lot of benefits to our societies, ranging fromelectricity access in emerging economies, reduction of CO2 emissions, reductionof air pollution, and we can nicely integrate it with solar and wind,” headded.