Ziria Tibalwa Waako, the Chief Executive Officer at the Electricity Regulatory Authority has told The Independent on the sidelines of a two-day symposium organised by ERA at Imperial Resort Beach Hotel on Dec.5- 7, that the government is considering the possibility of investing up to US$4bn (Shs14.8tn) in the electricity transmission network and up to US$1.7bn (Shs6.3tn) in the distribution network for the period 2018-2027.
She said part of this money will be invested in the form of public-private partnerships as demand for electricity increases. At the moment, the electricity network serves 1.2 million customers, up from merely 756,577 customers, three years ago. Tibalwa also revealed that there is an opportunity in the sector for those interested in investing in solar home systems as well as mini-grids. The move is to boost electricity generation that currently stands at about 950MW.
ERA’s Communication Manager, Julius Wandera, said it is time for the local population to reap from the new initiative through supply of electricity poles and related materials in the network expansion. Themed “Accelerating Access to affordable and Reliable Electricity Supply”, the symposium was part of the ERA’s regular consultation process and information sharing on pertinent issues in the electricity supply industry with key stakeholders.