Government Hopes Diversified ‘Green’ Energy Will Mitigate Outages
Despite the government’s plans to improve the performance of the manufacturing sector, many factories still face considerable power outages that hinder their operations. Power outages aren’t new in Ethiopia, but the current drought has further hampered the country’s attempts to improve the electricity shortage facing factories that are so crucial to building a manufacturing-based economy. To that end, there are plans to better harness Ethiopia’s potential to produce hydroelectric, solar, and geothermal power, among others. The hope is that the country will produce 17,347MW of power, up from its current capacity of slightly over 2,000MW, in five years. Yet some experts say the government has a long way to go before it can reach its full potential and are sceptical if it can meet the demands of the growing manufacturing sector. EBR’s Ashenafi Endale spoke with manufacturers and government representatives to understand the efforts being made to reduce power outages.