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POLL RESULT: Focal point in East Africa to increase energy access

In East Africa, electricity consumers are experiencing an on-grid surplus capacity but this is ill-timed for the region.

The region’s prominent economies (Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania) are recorded to have a combined installed capacity of 5,500MW against a peak power demand of approximately 3,300MW.

This scenario is due to high electricity tariffs, lack of transmission and distribution assets, low energy access rates (recorded at 37% in the region by the UN AEC in 2018) and dampened economic performance.

Notably, the total installed capacity is expected to hit 10,000MW in the medium-term with completion of ongoing projects.

Now, ahead of the Future Energy East Africa conference taking place on 17-18 September in Nairobi, the question we raise is:

What should governments in East Africa focus on to increase energy access and thereby electricity consumers?

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Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl
As the Editor of ESI Africa, my passion is on sustainability and placing African countries on the international stage. I take a keen interest in the trends shaping the power & water utility market along with the projects and local innovations making headline news. Watch my short weekly video on our YouTube channel ESIAfricaTV and speak with me on what has your attention.