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Bill Gates Lauds Obama “Power Africa,” Initiative That Also Includes G.E
“If I had to pick one thing to make cheaper and reduce poverty, it would be energy,” Bill Gates tweets in regard to President Obama pledge of $7 billion to help combat the frequent power blackouts in sub-Sahara Africa during his trip to Africa. The U.S. funding of $7 billion about (Kshs 600 billion) that is topped up by private investors $9 billion (Kshs 780 billion) is now a “Power Africa,” initiative of $16 billion (Kshs 1.4 trillion) aimed at increasing the power supply.
General Electric (G.E), one of the companies in the "Power Africa," initiative, is reported as committed to bring 5,000 megawatt in power to Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Liberia. The Vice-Chairman General Electric, President and CEO of GE Global Growth and Operations, John Rice accompanied by G.E officers visited with President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House Nairobi June 21st 2013 about 10 days before the official announcement of the initiative by President Obama.
General Electric is a Global Company that traces its roots to Thomas Al Edison who invented the first practical incandescent light bulb. Edison would start Edison Electric Light Company in 1878 and go on to have over 1000 inventions and patents during his lifetime. G.E. has celebrated many inventions and advances that include: building America’s first Central Power Station, first voice radio broadcast, X-ray machines, refrigerator and many others. G.E has been in the forefront in innovation in power and energy supply systems as well as health diagnostic equipment and systems among others. In 2012 G.E total global revenue was $147 billion.
During his town hall meeting, President Obama said Africa should leap frog to clean energies. Currently many of the Global inventors have green technologies ready for implementations. These are green technologies that lead to energy supply from: Wind, Solar, Bio-gas, Bio-fuels and others that are renewable.
Africa will likely double or even triple its energy production and usage in the next few years. One positive thing will be the reduction of usage of trees as the primary source of energy. Power Africa through renewal sources of energy will thus also play a significant role in the improvement of environment.
The, “Power Africa,” initiative will also see more jobs created both in Africa as well as in the U.S. and around the Globe. The Green technologies that have rarely found new markets in the U.S. fully developed power supply system, will definitely find many markets in Africa as they replace trees as a source of energy.
In the past trees which are significant resources in the building of houses have also been the primary source of energy supply for many families. The introduction of technology sources of energy will see more trees mature to become raw materials for construction of better homes.
Africa emergence will indeed occur through “Power Africa,” Kenyans debate. The fact that trees play a significant role in helping water penetrate as deep as possible as the water follows the roots of trees will also mean more water naturally stored inside the soil. This will mean more water for food production and less hunger. More trees will also play a role in the air purification and slowing the natural winds speeds and thus lead to a better environment in Africa and also in the World.