Electrify Africa

"The number of lives lost due to Africa’s electricity deficit is greater than the HIV/AIDS and malaria pandemics combined." -- Chairman Ed Royce

"The number of lives lost due to Africa’s electricity deficit is greater than the HIV/AIDS and malaria pandemics combined." -- Chairman Ed Royce

Electrify Africa Act

H.R. 2548, improves access to affordable and reliable electricity in sub-Saharan Africa, through a comprehensive U.S. government approach to electricity projects in the region, at no cost to the U.S. taxpayer (introduced by Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), and Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA)).

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Electrify Africa Fact Sheet

News Releases on Electrify Africa

Royce, Engel, Smith, Bass Introduce Legislation to Promote Access to Electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa (June 28, 2013)

Chairman Royce Announces Markup of Electrify Africa Act – Thursday 10 a.m. (February 26, 2014)

House Foreign Affairs Committee Passes Electrify Africa Act (February 27, 2014)

Chairman Royce Applauds House Passage of Electrify Africa Legislation (May 8, 2014)

Videos on Electrify Africa

Chairman Royce Floor Statement on Electrify Africa (May 7, 2014)


Chairman Royce Opening Statement at Electrify Africa Act Markup (February 27, 2011):

Every Mother Counts: Seda's Light (May 5, 2014)

NRECA: Let there be light in our schools (November 7, 2013)

NRECA: NRECA International Powers Africa (Mar 3, 2014)

Broad Support for Electrify Act

35 African Embassies

American Academy of Pediatrics


Corporate Council on Africa


National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

National Electric Manufactures Association

The Nigeria Network of NGOs

ONE statement in support of electricity in Africa


Tanzania NGOs

USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Reports and Fact Sheets

Electrify Africa Fact Sheet

CBO Score: Saves $86 Million

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Electrify Africa in the News

Duffy's Soapbox: Pass the Electrify Africa Act (May 8, 2014)

RYOT: Akon’s Powerful Letter to YOU Will Make You Want to Electrify Africa

The Tennessean: Support Electrify Africa Act (March 11, 2014)

CGD Blog: Is Africa Energy Poverty the Next Big Bipartisan Development Issue? (March 4, 2014)

The Hill: Panel Clears Bill to Help Electrify Africa (February 27, 2014)

Forbes: Obama's Wind And Solar Infatuation Keeps Africa's Poorest In The Dark (February 21, 2014)

Bellingham Herald: Supports Bill to Electrify Africa (February 12, 2014)

CGD Blog: CBO Scoring Boosts Support for Bipartisan Electrify Africa (March 31, 2014)

Brookings: Financing Africa’s Infrastructure Gap (October 9, 2013)

Washington Post: Africa, empowered (July 1, 2013)

Foreign Policy: Let’s Power Africa (August 29, 2013)

Wall Street Journal: Power out of Africa (December 6, 2011)