Can Egypt's Crisis Help Clean Energy Gain Traction?

Egypt looks to wind and solar as the answer to some of its longtime woes.
Oct 6, 2014 9:00 AM ET

The Great Energy Challenge Energy News

CAIRO—On a hot, hazy Thursday in early September, life in the Egyptian capital ground to a jarring halt.   Two of the three metro lines came to a standstill, several popular cable networks were knocked off the air, and the nightly Sound and Light show for tourists at the Giza Pyramids went dark. Most residents were left to stew for hours with intermittent air-conditioning.   For several years now, Egypt has struggled with power outages that have bogged down its ailing economy and disrupted daily life, even driving schoolchildren in some poorer districts outside to study by streetlight.   The Arab world's most populous state simply doesn't produce enough energy to meet demand, and it lacks the cash to import fuel. Political upheaval has left previous renewable energy plans unfulfilled. But a fear of further unrest if these outages aren't resolved, along with a concerted bid to ease Egypt's strained public finances, appear to be propelling new President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's government to take more decisive action.   Continue reading on The Great Energy Challenge.