Introduction and BackgroundThe U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) launched a new international energy partnership in 2012 to help bring U.S. geothermal industry expertise and companies into the rapidly expanding East African geothermal market. The EAGP, a planned two year program with an initial budget of $1.5M is being implemented by the U.S. Energy Association (USEA). 

*To download an EAGP brochure, click here.

About EAGPThe EAGP will create opportunities for the U.S. geothermal industry (to include GEA members and other U.S. geothermal companies, consultants, developers, investors, financial, educational, and training institutions, equipment suppliers, etc.) and East African government and private sector representatives to interact on a one-on-one basis to address issues related to geothermal exploration, drilling, reservoir testing, well-field development, power plant design, installation, commissioning, O&M;, etc. It will also enable U.S. geothermal industry representatives to visit East African geothermal countries and sites, develop in-depth knowledge of host country geothermal resources, development plans, and technical assistance needs and establish personal relationships with East African geoscientists, geothermal engineers and decision-makers. 

Correspondingly, East African governments will be able to access world-class geothermal knowledge and experience gained by the U.S. geothermal industry in relation to both high- and low-temperature geothermal resources and direct use applications. This will enable U.S. geothermal company and East African government representatives to work as a team to support the energy development goals of East African countries. 

Objective 1: Promote Geothermal Development in East Africa in Partnership with the U.S. Geothermal Industry 

Objective 2: Promote Information Exchange between the U.S. Geothermal Industry and East African Stakeholders 

Why East Africa?Geothermal reserves in East Africa’s Rift Valley have the potential to provide up to 15,000 megawatts of power, significantly reversing Africa’s chronic energy shortages. Up to now the high up-front costs associated with geothermal exploration coupled with perceived political, economic and regulatory risks have been the primary barriers to geothermal energy development in East Africa. But this is changing. The recent launch of the $67-million East African Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility, a partnership between the African Union Commission and the German development agency KfW to provide matching grants for exploration, will help to reduce many of the upfront, exploration risks. At the same time, governments and international donors alike have demonstrated a renewed interest in promoting the development of East Africa’s clean and renewable geothermal energy resources. 

East Africa Geothermal NewsFor news relating to geothermal development and business opportunities in East Africa, check out the International section of the GEA Geothermal Energy Weekly. Issues of the Geothermal Energy Weekly can be downloaded free of charge at http://geo-energy.org/updates.aspx. You can also subscribe to the Geothermal Energy Weekly (free!) by clicking here. 

Upcoming East Africa Geothermal and Related Events

  • 4th African Rift Geothermal Conference (ARGeo-C4)

ContactIf you are interested in receiving additional information about the EAGP, please download and fill out a network form. Please submit the completed form to Alison Holm at alison@geo-energy.org. 

Stephen Hirsch
Program Director
202-312-1239 (Office)

Alison Holm
GEA Information Specialist
202-312-1224 (EAGP Office)

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