Policy & Planning

SADC has power shortfall of 7.7 GW

Electricity demand in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region is rising at 2.5 annually, and the region currently has a shortfall of 7.7 GW. The available regional generation capacity is 51,702 MW against a demand of 59,144 MW.

“The SADC region will have sufficient generation capacity reserves after 2016, if all projects are commissioned as planned. A total of 19,000 MW of new generation is expected to be commissioned between 2013 and 2016, of which 3% will be renewable energy,” Namibia’s deputy minister of mines and energy Willem Isaack is reported as saying in the Namibian.

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