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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), of which Cape Verde is a member, had signed the West African Power Pool (WAPP) agreement in 2000 with the aim of boosting power supply in the West African region. The agreement stipulated that the objective is to develop energy production facilities and interconnect their respective electricity grids. Cape Verde would benefit from this initiative, because, along with fellow ECOWAS members, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Senegal and Gambia, the country would have interconnection facilities during the second phase of the agreement.

In 2001, the islands produced and consumed 0.04 billion kWh of electricity, entirely from thermal sources. Installed capacity totaled about 7 MW as of January 1, 2001. Electra, the public electricity utility, maintains thermal power plants on Praia, Mindelo, and Sal; local councils operate 12 rural power plants. Ten wind generators of 30 kW each were in operation on Mindelo in 1991.

Cape Verde Electricity Utilities

Electricity is provided by the parastatal utility Electra. The company represents Cape Verde in the West African Power Pool.

Key Figures

  • Electricity Produced: 250 million KWh (2007)
  • Electricity Consumed: 232.5 million KWh (2007)
  • Electricity Exported: 0 KWh (2008)
  • Electricity Imported: 0 KWh (2008)

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