African Energy at 500: power industry fails to cope with Africa’s growing populations

Issue 500 - 18 Feb 2024 - By Jon Marks | 6 minute read

Publication of the 500th issue provides an opportunity to look back at a few triumphs and many missed opportunities in the industries African Energy has covered since it was launched in 1998.

Industry and financial trends have evolved, and sometimes returned to haunt stakeholders years after they were thought to be history. One constant has been the huge increase in the continent’s population, which means the UN target of universal clean energy access is constantly pushed into the distance.

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