By ABCafrica reporter
Irene Muloni, the minister for Energy and Mineral Development, said electricity generation capacity has generally improved as well as power consumption. Citing figures from the Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA), Muloni said power production has grown to 947MW from 300MW in 2002. Speaking during the 7th annual joint energy and mineral sector review, which was held recently, Muloni noted that the power generation capacity is expected to hit 1,994.5 MW by 2020 when the construction of more energy plants is completed.
“Government is focused on its priority of increasing access to clean, reliable and affordable energy to its population. We expect Uganda to be able to consume power,” Muloni said.She added: “Uganda’s electricity consumption, which is an important indicator of economic activities, has also registered growth in the past two years as demand for energy expands.”
James Banaabe, the acting director at the Energy Resources department, in the ministry, revealed that the recent increase in electricity generation and the continued strengthening of the transmission and distribution network have improved power supply in the country.
“Access to electricity has also grown from the baseline statistic of 17 per cent in FY 2014/15 to the current parameter of 22 per cent in FY 2016/17. This is attributed to the improvement of the whole production system,” he said.