Energy Resources in Africa

Distribution, Opportunities and Challenges

  • Herick Othieno
  • Joseph Awange

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Herick Othieno, Joseph Awange
    Pages 1-32
  3. Herick Othieno, Joseph Awange
    Pages 33-137
  4. Herick Othieno, Joseph Awange
    Pages 139-163
  5. Herick Othieno, Joseph Awange
    Pages 165-192
  6. Herick Othieno, Joseph Awange
    Pages 193-222
  7. Herick Othieno, Joseph Awange
    Pages 223-290
  8. Herick Othieno, Joseph Awange
    Pages 291-320
  9. Herick Othieno, Joseph Awange
    Pages 321-336
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 337-344

About this book


By harnessing the wind and sun, your vast geothermal energy and rivers for hydropower, you can turn this climate threat into an economic opportunity.” US President Obama’s address to the African Union (2015)

Africa is considered one of the poorest continents in the world, mainly because of its low per capita energy consumption in Sub-Saharan region. This view and its associated resource management strategy are based on the misconception that Africa lacks sufficient energy resources to drive its development agenda.  

This book provides information on the distribution of the available energy resources throughout the continent and how its management affects the development of individual states. Analyses of the countries’ energy potentials, exploitation levels and distribution mechanisms are provided with a view to identifying additional factors that are stifling Africa’s economic development. The authors provide an in-depth analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of different energy sources in terms of their impacts on Africa’s economic development. This analysis is based on the assertion that Africa is indeed blessed with abundant energy resources, which have not been effectively exploited. There are many challenges and opportunities in each country that are viewed with due consideration given to the prevailing national resource management practices. Leaders’ desire to control resources has encouraged corruption, theft, and mere selfishness to thrive. In addition to the negative impacts of these factors on energy development initiatives, there is also a general lack of institutional support for progressive energy management. The book offers a valuable guide for developers, investors and researchers by providing in-depth analysis of  Africa’s energy development trends.


Energy Energy Conservation Energy Conversion Energy Demand and Supply Energy Efficiency Energy Resources Africa

Authors and affiliations

  • Herick Othieno
    • 1
  • Joseph Awange
    • 2
  1. 1.Physics and Material ScienceMaseno UniversityMasenoKenya
  2. 2.Department of Spatial SciencesCurtin UniversityBentleyAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Energy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-25185-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-25187-5
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