Excitement about the Obama’s administration Power Africa initiative should be tempered with the recognition that the degree of complexity within each country’s power sector will require far more than a relatively brief spark of attention from the United States. A real transformation of the power sector in sub-Saharan Africa will require long term planning, extensive regulatory overhauls, and serious commitment to fund energy technology manufacturing and R&D on African soil.

—  the energy collective, Electrical Grid and Africa: A Perspective on What’s Missing