Energy Poverty and Geothermal Energy Futures

Here is Wikipedia’s list of Ethiopian volcanoes: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_volcanoes_in_Ethiopia

And again, this beautiful video of some of the volcanoes in the region: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dllzUp0w_OY

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Ethiopia is one of the most impoverished nations in the world, in terms of the number of people who live without access to electricity. The World Energy Outlook reported that in 2014, 70 million people in Ethiopia, or 77% of the population, have no access to electricity. Ethiopia is also one of the more volcanically-active regions of the world, with 65 volcanoes or volcanic fields that are thought to have erupted within the past 10,000 years – though few of these volcanoes have been studied in any detail; and fewer still are closely monitored.

Aluto Geothermal power plant infrastructure at Aluto volcano, Ziway, Ethiopia.

One benefit of this abundance of young volcanoes is that the geothermal energy potential of the region is significant – offering the potential of accessible and renewable low-carbon energy. Further south, along an extension of the Great Rift Valley, Kenya is already taking steps to exploit geothermal energy, with…

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