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Working to address energy poverty

Fighting energy poverty means improved health, better education, less environmental degradation and increased economic activity and income. Learn about CONREMA's leading role in tackling this important issue.

Renewables vs. Fossils


Comment: "Gensets and climate change"

Most Malawians in urban areas are frustrated with Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom)’s failure to provide power all day every day.

Recently, The Nation reported that the company will need K587 million a month to run three diesel-powered generators being installed in Mzuzu. Many people find the cost exorbitant, but are the generators sustainable or environment-friendly?

"Mzuzu Gensets to cost K587M per months"

Diesel-powered generators the Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) plans to install at Luwinga in Mzuzu will consume fuel estimated at K587 million a month to produce six megawatts (MW) of power, calculations have shown.

Egenco chief executive officer William Liabunya said last week three generators of two MW each will be planted in Mzuzu with each of them consuming 500 litres of diesel per hour, translating to 1 500 litres every hour for the three.

"The price of running economy on gensets"

Desperate measures demand desperate solutions. That is the situation Malawi has found itself in as power generation has gone to some of the lowest levels in the country’s history.

From the explanation of Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) chief executive officer William Liabunya, within a week, electricity generation has dropped from 180 megawatts (MW) to 160MW—a 20MW drop. This is in contrast to the installed generation capacity of 351MW and demand of 350MW.

"The changing geopolitics of energy"

In 2008, when the United States’ National Intelligence Council (NIC) published its volume Global Trends 2025, a key prediction was tighter energy competition. Chinese demand was growing, and non-OPEC sources like the North Sea were being depleted. After two decades of low and relatively stable prices, oil prices had soared to more than USD 100 per barrel in 2006.

"Oil prices edge up"

Oil prices edged up yesterday, after a two percent slide on Friday, on expectations that Saudi Arabia would continue to restrain its output to support prices, and as the amount of rigs drilling for new oil in the United States dipped.

Oil ports, producers and refiners in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, which shut facilities ahead of Hurricane Nate, were planning to reopen yesterday as the storm moved inland, away from most energy infrastructure on the US Gulf Coast.

An alternative view to oil drilling

The environmental activist Geoffrey Mfiti alerts about oil drilling in the lake Malawi. He mentions that the lake Malawi is already struggled by environmental challenges and cannot bear anything else. He compares the future of the lake with the Minamata disaster in Japan, if oil drilling will happen. He tries to give an alternative view to oil drilling.

Mfiti: "We can make money from the lake through irrigation and eco-tourism".

Beyond coal: scaling up clean energy to fight global poverty

Eradicating global poverty is within reach, but under threat from a changing climate. Left unchecked, climate change will put at risk our ability to lift people out of extreme poverty permanently by 2030, the first target of the Sustainable Development Goals. Coal is the world’s number one source of CO2 emissions. Most historic emissions came from the coal industry in the developed world in the last century, with China joining the biggest emitters at the beginning of this one.