Ethiopia plans to increase its current reported access to electricity from 51% to 75% of the country’s population by 2015. In addition, state minister Kebede Gerba, says the development of large scale hydropower projects is being done with assessments to environmental and social impacts of the projects.

Kebede also says that developing small and micro hydropower has gained the attention of the government for these schemes are suitable and economical in electrifying remote rural areas. In addition to this, they are helpful to establish agro processing plants and productive activities in rural part of the country.

He says that since 2005 the country has shown great progress in the power sector by implementing its universal electricity access program via grid expansion, in particular the success with electricity supply households of rural towns, villages and social service centres.

Kebede says the government has established an off-grid rural electrification fund to harmonise the efforts of grid expansion by involving the private sector and cooperatives.

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