This bill would make it U.S. policy to partner with the governments of sub-Saharan African countries, international financial institutions, and African private sectors to:
Promote first-time access to power services for at least 50 million people and encourage the installation of at least 20,000 additional megawatts of electrical power in sub-Saharan Africa by 2020;
Promote reliable and affordable power in urban, rural, and underserved areas;
Encourage necessary reforms to support electricity access projects and market-based power generation and distribution;
Develop and promote an energy development strategy for sub-Saharan Africa that includes the use of oil, natural gas, coal, hydroelectric, wind, solar, and geothermal power;
Promote policies to displace kerosene lighting with other technologies;
Expand the use of private financing, and seek ways to remove barriers to private financing and assistance for projects, including through charitable organizations.
The President would be directed to:
Establish a multiyear strategy to assist countries in sub-Saharan Africa with implementing national power strategies that use an appropriate mix of power solutions and provide access to affordable, reliable electricity;
Ensure that the strategy remains responsive to local community concerns and technological innovation.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Trade and Development Agency, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation would be urged to:
Prioritize efforts and assistance for power projects and markets in sub-Saharan Africa;
Partner with other investors and local institutions, including the private sector, to increase access to reliable, affordable, and sustainable power.
Additionally, the President would be encouraged to use U.S. influence at international bodies to advocate for:
Increasing investment in power sector and electrification projects in sub-Saharan Africa;
Addressing energy needs of individuals and communities where electricity grid access is impractical or cost-prohibitive;
Enhancing private sector coordination;
Assisting sub-Saharan African governments to remove unnecessary regulatory barriers to investment.
Within three years the President would provide Congress with a strategy progress report that includes information about U.S. programs supporting increased power generation in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly projects receiving U.S. government support.