The Acting Director of Energy Resources in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, James Banabe last week said they had rejected pressure from Electro-Maxx to add US 2 cents for capacity building.
John Opondo, the Managing Director Kalangala Infrastructure Services Limited KIS, says one of the reasons why power is underutilized is because people dont have resources to start income generating activities that would use power.
A visit to the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands ECN changed Kimbowas destiny when he was introduced to solar energy and its potential for Uganda. He now shares his 22 year experience as a Solar energy expert.
The government plans to increase hydropower generation from the current 825 Megawatts to 2500 Megawatts in the next two years or 2020. Two flagship large hydropower projects are under construction. Karuma is expected to produce 600 MW while Isimba will have 180 MW of power generated.
A unit of electricity for domestic consumers will now cost Ugx 518 down from Ugx 520.6. Commercial consumers, small scale industries and large industries will pay Ugx 471.8, Ugx 449.4 and Ugx 307.8 respectively, a notice released today indicates.
Ugandaâ€™s electricity tariff for the next three months from April 2014 has been reduced marginally by 0.7percent, due to reduced global fuel prices. The Electricity Regulatory Authority today released the tariff for the second quarter of 2014, indicating a reduction of 3.3 Uganda Shillings on a unit of electricity.
Totsi, who is in Uganda, toured the dam. However on the tour, journalists were unable to see the said cracks in the dam as some areas remained restricted to journalists. He admitted that there is a limit on the refurbishment work that can be done on the dam, noting that at some point it would have to give way but only after â€œexpertsâ€ have declared that it no-longer usable.
Last week ERA announced an adjustment in electricity tariffs but also revealed that government expects to spend at least Shs59.6bn in 2014 on heavy fuel oil plants located in both in Tororo and Namanve. The plants have an installed capacity of 100MW but generate electricity at a much higher price than hydro-electric plants â€“ Bujagali, Kira and Nalubaale.