Kenya reduces electricity outages by 50% in 4 years

Sep 13, 2020

Kenya’s Ministry of Energy says that the average time customers are shut out of power supply per month has reduced from four hours per month in 2016 to one hour, 40 minutes in 2020. Response time to outages has also improved, the data says. Over the same period, the number of hours, on average, that…

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Zimbabwe’s ZESA asks for further increase in electricity tariff

Sep 13, 2020

In Zimbabwe, Zesa, the national electricity company, is asking for a further increase in the electricity tariff. Recently applied exchange rates make the going rate unprofitable, threatening the company and its ability to maintain its facilities. In Zimbabwe, Zesa Holding, the group in charge of supplying electricity, is demanding an increase in the price for…

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150,000 Liberian households to be connected to the national grid by 2022 – Minister

Sep 13, 2020

The Minister of Mines & Energy has laid out the progress the country has made in overcoming constraints in the energy sector. Minister Gesler E. Murray said Liberia’s current energy infrastructures are in deficit, and as a result, have not been able to meet the load demand of the consuming public both in terms of…

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South Africa’s Eskom continues load shedding

Sep 12, 2020

Eskom is currently implementing load shedding as the power utility battles with power supply constraints. Stage 1 load shedding got underway at 8am on Monday and will continue until 4pm. Thereafter, load shedding will be escalated to Stage 2 until 10pm. “This pattern will repeat on Tuesday, with a high likelihood for Wednesday as well,”…

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Kenya Power gives reasons why profits dropped by 91%

Sep 12, 2020

After more than a year of waiting for the auditor-general to clear its financial results, Kenya Power has reported a 91 per cent plunge in profits after tax for the year ended June 30, 2019. The utility service provider said its profits after tax dropped to Sh262 million from Sh3.2 billion. The results were delayed…

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Cameroon’s Eneo preparing to raise FCFA 100bn from local banks

Sep 12, 2020

The concessionaire of the public electricity service in Cameroon, controlled by the British investment fund Actis, wants to raise 100 billion FCFA to settle a previous loan and finance its investments in 2020 and 2021. Eneo is preparing to approach the local banking market for a loan of up to 100 billion FCFA, reveals the…

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Ivory Coast to borrow €62m from AfDB to electrify 1,338 rural localities

Sep 11, 2020

In Côte d’Ivoire, the last Council of Ministers authorized a loan of 62 million euros from the AfDB to finance rural electrification. A total of 1,338 localities will be electrified, lifting nearly 800,000 people out of obscurity and participating in the universal access target for 2025. In Côte d’Ivoire, the government has just approved a…

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411 new Ivory Coast localities electrified in six months

Sep 10, 2020

In Côte d’Ivoire, 411 localities were electrified during the first half of 2020. This figure was communicated by Abdourahmane Cissé (photo), the Ivorian Minister of Energy. “  The well-being of populations is at the heart of the concerns of President Alassane Ouattara and the government of Côte d’Ivoire . Thus, at the end of 2025,…

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Uganda’s REA fails to meet electricity connections target

Sep 10, 2020

A new report faults the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) for the failure to connect all the targeted 300,000 households to the grid last year. It says only 67 per cent of the premises were connected under the free Electricity Connections Policy (ECP). The report titled ‘Electricity Supply Industry Performance Report for the Year 2019’, released…

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Libya turns to Egypt to tackle power shortage

Sep 9, 2020

To make up for its electricity supply deficit, the Libyan government has entered into talks with the Egyptian state. It is about finding quick solutions while the country has been facing a series of power cuts for several weeks. On September 6, Libyan and Egyptian energy officials met in Cairo to discuss the improvement of…

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