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Renewable energy to improve energy situation in African island states

Dinesh Surroop and Pravesh Raghoo

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2018, vol. 88, issue C, 176-183

Abstract: The energy situation of the African island states which include Cape Verde, São Tomé and Príncipe, Comoros, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles are overwhelmingly dependent on fossil fuels with paradoxically high potential of renewable energy which are sparsely developed. This paper lay emphasis on the present electricity situation in these countries and highlights the potential of renewable energy resources on their territories. Among Africa islands, demographic and economic features are dissimilar and their power sector is complex by unique challenges. It is seen that there is a critical lack of electricity in Guinea-Bissau and Madagascar, which are 21% and 13% respectively, due to political instability and high spending on diesel. Moreover, the electricity consumption per capita is alarming in Guinea-Bissau, Comoros and Madagascar where it is below the average consumption for low income countries.

Keywords: Africa; Islands; Energy situation; Power generation; Renewable energy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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