ALGERIA

Algeria’s 2015 peak power demand was almost 1.5GW up on 2014. Algiers has an ambitious program to expand capacity. But, amid growing fuel shortages and a cash crunch, curbing subsidies is a better bet.

Algeria’s Electricity Ministry says that the country’s electricity demand reached a new peak of 12.41GW on 5 August, up 13.5% on the previous record of 10.93GW set in August 2014.

After summer 2012 blackouts caused widespread protests, the ministry and state...