Uganda moves to increase Electricity Access to citizens

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Uganda has launched an Energy Access Scale-up Project (EASP) with support from the World Bank. The government is to implement the Energy Access Scale-up Project (EASP) project to support over 1,360,000 households, industrial Parks, SMEs and refugees and host communities.

On 13th December 2022, launched a EUR 35 million Get-Access Project to be implemented for a duration of seven (7) years, with procurement of Developers planned to commence in 2023.

This Framework is expected to enable more Ugandans to get connected to electricity in 2023.

The project funds are provided by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation (BMZ) and the European Union (EU) through the German Development Bank (KFW).

The project consists of 150 Mini- Grids to provide clean energy to areas far from the main grid with approximately 5 to 6 MWp total installed capacity across Uganda.

Commissioning of Karuma Hydropower Plant – Uganda expects to add 600 MW to its Installed Generation Capacity with the commissioning of the Nwoya-based Karuma Hydropower Plant.

The addition of Karuma HPP will not only enhances the Country’s power generation capacity but will also strengthen and improve the stability of the Power Supply Grid.

Further still, Karuma HPP is among the plants with the lowest tariff as compared to the rest of the generation plants in the country.

If fully dispatched, the plant will reduce the overall weighted average cost of generation, which will lead to a reduction in the end-user tariffs.

This effort to reduce the end-user tariff remains a key aspiration of the Country as an enabler of industrialization for social and economic transformation.

The Government is keen on improving electricity services and, therefore, in 2023, will support ERA to decentralize and establish regional offices.

The electricity subsector is not only registering milestones locally but also regionally. Uganda was recently overwhelmingly voted by the members of the Eastern Africa Power pool -IRB to host the regional offices of the Independent Regulatory Board in Kampala.

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