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Video: "We see hydropower as an essential part of Sustainable Energy for All" – Kandeh Yumkella

Kandeh Yumkella is the United Nations under-secretary general and the chief executive of Sustainable Energy for All. In this video interview, he spoke with us about the challenges in managing water resources and sustainably building new hydropower capacity. You can read more of the interview below.

What is Sustainable Energy For All? 

Off-grid hydropower boost for agribusiness in Uganda

An initiative in Uganda seeks to help agricultural development by encouraging the implementation of small hydropower projects that deliver electricity to farmers, agribusiness, and other customers in the area surrounding the power plant. Economic analysis indicates that such projects can have a large and positive impact on agricultural production and productivity. What is needed now is investment for such power projects, writes Linda Lee Bower.

Bringing energy to 100 million Africans

Last week, African and European political and business leaders met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to lay out bold plans for Africa’s energy future, with hydropower at the forefront.

The meeting, held on 12–13 February, brought together 450 participants from 40 countries, including ministers, diplomats, academics and private and civil society representatives.

The Africa–EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) aims to bring access to modern and sustainable energy services to at least 100 million Africans by 2020. 

Forum launched to shape the future of pumped storage hydropower

At the inaugural meeting of the International Forum on Pumped Storage Hydropower, keynote speaker and former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull urged governments and industry to move quickly to develop projects at the scale needed to support the rapid roll-out of variable renewables.

“I believe we urgently need to raise awareness of pumped hydro and its vital role in the clean energy transition. This will require the industry to have a higher profile with the goal of engaging governments and heads of government to make it happen," he said.


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