Ethiopian Business Review

Access on electricity percentage

Access to electricity in Ethiopia had reached 51Pct, according to the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy. State Minister Kebede Gerba announced the figures on May 22, 2014. The government plans to expand access to electricity to 75Pct next year. To achieve this, Ethiopia has set a national target of increasing power generation capacity fivefold, to reach 10,000 MW by the end of 2015.

Access on electricity percentageCurrently, Ethiopia has raised its power generation capacity to 2,140MW from 347MW 20 years ago. The number of electrified towns and rural villages increased to 8,000 from 1,100 during the same period. In addition, the total length of high voltage transmission lines has increased to 11,124Km from 3,578Km in the early 1990s.

Despite the improvements, however, the sector is unable to cope up with the increasing demand. Ethiopia’s power demand has been growing at an average rate of 25Pct during the last ten years. To meet the growing demand, a number of power projects are being developed in various parts of the country. 

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile River, with installed capacity of 6,000MW, and the Gibe III on the Omo River, with installed capacity of 1,870MW, are two of the several mega hydroelectric projects being carried out currently.

2nd Year . July 2014 . No.16

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