Energy Access in Niger

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Overview

The Nigerien National Energy Report, released in 2007, showed that only 23 percent of the population live in communities with access to electricity. The report showed a significant urban bias, with only 8 percent of rural communities enjoying access to electricity. Urban centres were better served - with 60 percent of the residents of the capital Niamey having access electricity.[1] With limited access to electricity, many Nigerien communities rely on wood fuels.[2]

Government Initiatives

In 2010 the OneWorld Network reported that Niger's National Strategy for Access to Modern Energy was aiming to bring electricity to 66% of the population by 2015. They cited the construction of the Kandadji dam (at a cost of over US$ 200 million) as the start of push to realise the potential for hydro electric power.[2] Moscow-based Zarubezhvodstroy won an 84.7 billion CFA franc (approximately US $170 million) contract in 2011 to build the dam on the Niger River. President Issoufou has said that despite delays he hopes the project will be completed by 2015.[3]

References

  1. "Energy consumption still low in Niger, report says" Afrique Avenir, retrieved 16 April 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Climate Change in Niger briefing" OneWorld, retrieved 16 April 2012.
  3. "Niger Criticizes Russian Company Over Delays on Hydropower Dam" Bloomberg Businessweek, retrieved 16 April 2012.