Electricity Industry Leaders Route for Demand Growth and Accelerated Access to Clean Energy
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The Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) hosted the 2nd Executive Forum for the Electricity Supply Industry, on 27th June 2018, during which the Industry Leaders undertook to strengthen the Transmission and Distribution infrastructure, to promote access to and use of clean energy.
In a speech delivered by the Minister of State for Minerals, Hon. Peter Lokeris, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development highlighted the interventions put in place by the Government of Uganda to grow demand for energy. These include construction of 25 (twenty five) industrial parks expected to increase industrial demand by 200 MW in the short-term; introduction of the Electricity Connection Policy expected to achieve 60% national access to electricity by 2027; and reduction of the Tariffs for the Bujagali Energy Limited Plant.
In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Mr. Robert Kasande, noted that quality and reliable power supply was necessary for socio-economic transformation. He further highlighted the need to find real solutions to the challenges currently faced by the Electricity Supply Industry; and continued public awareness to bring to light the achievements of the Industry.
The Chief Executive Officer of ERA, Eng. Ziria Tibalwa Waako, called for harmonized efforts to ensure quality of service and supply, adequate human and financial resources required to propel the sector to the desired efficiency, and an enabling law to tackle vices such as power theft and vandalism of the electricity network.
The forum that run under the theme: “Demand Growth and Accelerated Access to Clean Energy” took place at the Kampala Serena Hotel and was attended by officials of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Development Partners, the Rural Electrification Agency, and Leaders of the companies licensed by ERA across the Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Segments of the ESI.