Department of Defense TIDES Project Addresses President Obama’s Power Africa

National Defense University  Fort McNair, Lincoln Hall

Tuesday, October 15th 0900-1300

In June 2013, two significant events occurred in Washington DC and in Africa that would forever change the wellbeing of people in Africa.  While on his trip to Africa, President Barack Obama announced the five year Power Africa Initiative worth $7 billion that would double access to power in sub-Saharan Africa.  The initiative hopes to partner with an initial six African countries (Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Tanzania) and other private sector investors to provide more than 85 percent of those living in rural areas with electricity.  The second event was the introduction of a bipartisan legislation that would establish a US strategy to support affordable, reliable electricity in sub-Saharan Africa in order to improve economic growth, health and education in Africa while helping job creation in the US through greater exports.  The Electrify Africa Act of 2013, H.R. 2548 was introduced by US Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the Committee’s Ranking Member, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Africa, and Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Africa.

For the past seven years the Department of Defense TIDES project has been partnering with various Non-governmental, disaster/humanitarian relief organizations in Africa to provide off-the-grid power solutions to Africa. STAR-TIDES Power infrastructure team research and deliver a third way of energy solutions other than on the grid and mid grid solutions proposed by the Power Africa Initiative.

Our subject matter experts would like to convene at a forum to discuss low-cost, easily deployable alternative technology that could help the President’s Power Africa Initiative achieve the International Energy Agency’s goal of obtaining $300 billion in investment to achieve universal electricity access by 2030. STAR-TIDES power infrastructure team’s goal in Africa is to build host-government capacity to develop, approve, finance and ultimately bring power projects to fruition with minimal donor support.  To support this need, TIDES Africa Initiative SMEs will provide recommendations on how Power Africa could work with host governments US agencies and private sector in technical assistance, grants and risk mitigation and help them adopt and implement the policy, regulatory, and other reforms necessary to attract private sector investment in the energy and power sectors.  CTNSP’s objective in this forum is also to identifying gaps in power sector knowledge among stakeholders and through research, provides an in-depth analysis of the initiative’s goals.

Our mission at CTNSP is to carry out research in national security and defense policies in the context of transformational changes in emerging technology, advanced concepts, organizational structures, and international trends to develop and implement actionable
recommendations, to publish and distribute findings. Our four broad research areas include: Science and Technology (S&T), Civil Military Activities Integration (CMAI), Emerging Challenges and Educational Technology. We draws on our network of organizations and contacts such as yourself in the development field and examine how these and related energy technologies can be offered to partner militaries and

Power Africa Initiative: the third way forum will not only bring together energy sector SME’s but it is also geared towards gathering government officials, private citizens, energy sector technology developers and practitioners in one setting.

Keynote Speaker:

Andrew M. Herscowitz, Coordinator for President Barack Obama’s Power Africa and Trade Africa initiatives

Panel I: Building Capacity for Project Delivery

Power Africa will build on Africa’s enormous power potential, including solar energy, how can your organization help African countries develop newly-discovered resources responsibly and expand the reach of mini-grid and off-grid solutions

How can your Organization help deliver Transformative solutions while creating long term value and sustainability in Africa?


Gabino Guerengomba, Chairman and Chief Technology Officer, Integrated Solar technologies (IST)

Edith Jibunoh, Director for Multilateral Institutions, ONE Campaign

Melinda Kershaw, Director of Marketing, Day and Night Solar

Michelle Lacourciere, Founding Director/CEO, Sirona

Patricia McArdle, Solar Cookers International

Scott Sklar, President and Founder, The Stella Group


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