Over 600 million Africans live without electricity

May 27, 2016 12:00 AM

Over 620 million people in sub-Saharan Africa live without electricity a total of 915 million people, thus the number of people without access is growing, said Thursday in Luanda the secretary of State for Energy Joaquim Ventura.

According to the secretary, who was speaking at the steering committee of the Bureau meeting of the Association of African Electricity Companies (ASEA), the supply is not reliable for those who have access and, in many cases, and often need to resort to expensive private generators that run on diesel or gasoline.

The official said that In some countries electricity tariffs are, in many cases, the highest in the world, mainly due to the excessive use of fossil fuels for their production, and losses in transmission and distribution networks due to lack of maintenance and have a cost equivalent to double the world average.

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