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Kenya’s Ruto Breaks Ranks, Says Africa Must Leapfrog Fossil Fuel

  • President says country to get all power from renewables
  • Other African nations want to develop fossil fuel resources
William Ruto
William RutoPhotographer: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images

Kenya’s President William Ruto, who took office last month, urged Africa to embrace renewable energy, breaking ranks with continental peers that are pressing ahead with plans to develop natural gas resources. 

In order to boost energy generation from renewable sources and to adapt to a warming climate, Africa will need funding and technology from the rich world, Ruto said in an opinion piece in the UK’s Guardian newspaper on Tuesday. Unlike many African countries, Kenya already derives 92% of its energy from renewable sources and aims to increase that to 100% by 2030, Ruto said, referring to the country’s geothermal, wind and solar plants.