The Electrify Africa Act of 2013, awaiting committee approval in Congress, will help turn on the lights for millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa.Following President Obama’s Power Africa initiative announced earlier this month, which invests $16 billion in public and private funding to combat energy poverty in Africa, Congress is reviewing a bill that would officially make electrifying Africa a governmental policy. Co-sponsored by a bipartisan contingent led by Representatives Edward Royce (R – CA) and Elliot Engel (D – NY), the bill aims to provide 20,000 megawatts of electricity to 50 million people in Africa by 2020, which is double the amount proposed by Power Africa. Considering the U.S. Embassy spends $10,000 a day on electricity in Liberia–a pricetag few small African businesses could afford–the bill comes at just the right time.