Competing energy narratives in Tanzania

Towards the political economy of coal | African Affairs, Volume 116, Issue 463


Can coal thrive in the era of climate change, low-carbon energy, and the global coal crisis? After years of rapid growth, global coal use fell in 2015, and projections point to a massive decline in the future. A recent report also shows a sharp decline in the number of new coal-fired power plants being planned in the first half of 2016, falling 14 percent globally. Yet, despite the possible global coal crash, Tanzania is planning a number of coal-fired power plants to boosts its energy security and quest for industrialization, which has been declared a top government priority by President John Magufuli.




  • University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania