White House counselor John Podesta writes about Power Africa

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Developing access to electricity in Africa

John Podesta, counselor to U.S. President, Barack Obama writes about Power Africa for the White House blog.

“President Obama launched Power Africa nearly one year ago to double access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa – electricity needed for students to succeed, businesses to thrive, and African economies to grow.”

In addition to listing the names of the 27 “Beyond the Grid” partners and examples of their commitment towards the initiative, Podesta states, “new distributed energy companies are now delivering clean, reliable energy in Africa at a competitive price point.”

Power Africa is a commitment by the U.S. Government to increase access to electricity and other sources of power to those without electricity in many African countries.

“On June 30, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa, President Obama announced Power Africa — an initiative to double the number of people with access to power in Sub-Saharan Africa. Power Africa will achieve this goal by unlocking the substantial wind, solar, hydropower, natural gas, and geothermal resources in the region to enhance energy security, decrease poverty, and advance economic growth,” according to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

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