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Carl Shoupe by a painting of a coal miner in the Kentucky Coal  Mining Museum in Benham, Ky., Tuesday, August 16, 2011. The first  load of coal shipped by rail from Harlan County was shipped in  August 1911, 100 years ago. Charles Bertram | Staff

A Coal Museum In Kentucky Went Solar This Month. The Backstory Is Even Better.

Like his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Carl Shoupe spent his best years in the mines of Harlan County, Kentucky. Harlan County is a once-vibrant coal mecca nestled against the Virginia border in the state’s southeast corner. Shoupe joined labor fights there in the early 1970s, when union miners battled coal executives and their political patrons

Johannesburg, South Africa - MAY 20: Laborers needing work hold signs with their specialities - electrician, plumber, carpenter - outside a hardware store in Fourways. They say they used to get several jobs a day, but now they are lucky to get one every two weeks. (Photo by Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor  via Getty Images)

African Development Bank: Africa’s Power Shortage Is a Job Killer

Lack of access to reliable electricity is killing jobs and growth in sub-Sharan Africa, according to a new report. The African Economic Outlook is published each year by the African Development Bank, the region’s leading development finance organisation. This year’s Outlook finds that poor electricity access is cited by African businesses as one of the “major

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To stay in Power, African Leaders Have to Provide Power

The head of the African Development Bank has warned of future political upheaval if African governments fail to deliver on energy access. Dr Akinwumi Adesina, whose organisation provides development finance to African countries, was speaking at the launch of a major new report on electrifying Africa, where two thirds of the population still lack access

Research

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Eskom Boasts Investment in Renewables Research

South African state-run power utility, Eskom, has confirmed its long-term investment in renewables research, which has been supported by the CSIR and Stellenbosch University. Eskom divisional executive for corporate affairs, Chose Choeu, emphasised that these partnerships are long-term and are fundamental to ensure that a sustainable legacy for the people of South Africa is secured.

Companies & Products

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Oando Gas & Power Divests Interest in Captive Power Plants

Oando Gas and Power (OGP), a subsidiary of Oando Plc, has divested its interests in captive power plants and focused on gas infrastructure expansion. Speaking on the sideline of the just-concluded Nigeria Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition in Abuja, the Managing Director, Mr. Bolaji Osunsanya, said: “As portfolio developers, we’ve divested from our captive power

Power Industry Events

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Power Utility Coys Trade Blame Over Increasing Darkness

Electricity generation companies in the country have called on the federal government to open up access to energy by allowing them to sell power to whoever wants it at any given time rather than putting energy on the grid which is the practice presently. Our correspondent gathered exclusively from the executive secretary, Association of Power

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