Home | News    Thursday 9 September 2010

Energy review saves Ethiopia 96m US dollars, says Word Bank

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

September 8, 2010 (ADDIS ABABA) – The World Bank’s (WB) International Development Association (IDA) has said that funded electricity project in Ethiopia is saving the country’s rural household’s money and energy.

The energy crisis that hit Ethiopia in 2008 and 2009 has forced the government there to review the energy sector. This has led to a transformation in the approach to energy, including a switch from kerosene-fueled lighting to energy efficient light bulbs known as Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL).

In a statement seen by Sudan Tribune, the WB said that the initiative has helped relieve pressure from the country’s electricity supply grid and is saving millions of dollars. The newly introduced power approach has helped save Ethiopia an estimated US$96 million.

“The turnaround we are seeing in Ethiopia is encouraging,” says Luiz Maurer, a Senior Energy Specialist at the WB in Addis Ababa. “Not only is this lighting brighter, cleaner and more efficient, it is now affordable to the poorest people.’’

Recently the Ethiopian Electric and Power Corporation (EEPCo) announced that it will begin exporting power to Sudan in October 2010.Government officials are taking a more entrepreneurial approach to energy - every MegaWatt hour saved can be exported.

The corporation has signed an electricity export agreement with Sudan, Djibouti and Kenya following the massive multi-billion investments undertaken in different hydropower plants throughout the country.

An IDA financed transmission line will soon enable Ethiopia export clean hydro energy and generate foreign reserves for the country.

According to the World Bank, worldwide, 1.6 billion people still use kerosene to light their homes. In East Africa, 90 percent of rural households use the costly fuel, which is considered hazardous to human and environmental health.

Through the initiative–supported by the IDA and managed by its Africa Energy Unit (AFTEG) —the Ethiopian Government designed a comprehensive demand-side program that included the installation of capacitors and street lighting.

REDUCING ENERGY DEMAND

The Ethiopian government also distributed 5 million CFLs free to consumers in exchange for their incandescent bulbs, creating energy savings of 75 percent. The distribution coincided with a government-run awareness campaign called “Save Energy,” which highlighted the benefits of saving energy at home and work.

Local Addis Ababa resident Tsigereda Habtemariam replaced five bulbs in her home with CFLs, “They provide better lighting, create a pleasant feeling and the bill decreases from month to month,” she said.

Within three months of launching the initiative, with half the bulbs distributed, EEPCo have succeeded in reducing peak demand by 80 percent. Generating this energy using emergency diesel generators would have cost the country an estimated US$100 million, according to Maurer. The cost of the CFL distribution amounted to just US$4 million.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 9 September 2010 04:45, by julius mowanga

    I hope that our GOSS learn from such a lesson,of the Ethiopian Authority.
    The Great Lenin had been asked about the reality of Communism,he has emphasized that it was the electrification of the Soviet Union,because that backbone of equal share of development to the citizens.

    In the South of Sudan we have all the elements of generating adequate power, as a real tool to enable the ordinary people to share of wealth creating factors,but sadly to say;it has never been addressed properly by GOSS and the local governments.Therefor, i call upon all the businessmen of the SouthSudan to invest heavily in this very important sector,to develop our beloved country and enhance the potential economical capacity of our localities.

    repondre message

  • 9 September 2010 05:29, by julius mowanga

    There should a similar mechanism in the Lake State parliament to address the nepotism of the Governor Shaul Tong,to investigate the instating five cabinet ministers and counties’ commissioners from his own village and clan,as if there is no other educated and capable candidate among the vast majority of Lake State people. That is what i warned about Eng.Shaul Tong when he was assumed his post of Governor.Many people criticized me fiercely and even some has emailed me personally in that regard calling me a hater to his excellency due to our encounter in the Soviet Union-Russia during our studies period.Now who is honest in his claims??
    I wish that the parliamentarians and humanitarians of Lake State will stand firm against this nepotism polices,it will not foster a fair and good governance

    repondre message

    • 9 September 2010 06:03, by julius mowanga

      I do apologize to the fatal mistake that marred my comment on your honoured website,it happened due to my personal PC Server crash.
      It was not intended to stir confusions or any undesirable impacts neither on you as staff nor on the respected readers.
      I promise to more careful in the future.
      I repeat my apology and wish you the best in your journalism mission.

      Dr. Julius Mwanga
      kingmowanga@hotmail.com

      repondre message

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


s
Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Peacekeeping faces challenges: here’s how we can meet them 2018-09-23 11:47:05 By Jean-Pierre Lacroix* United Nations peacekeeping remains one of the most effective tools to respond to today’s challenges of global peace and security. Every day, women and men who serve under (...)

Pragmatic patriarchy of Sudan over South Sudan 2018-09-22 09:28:17 James Okuk, PhD “We honour the human capacity to manage our collective lives with peace and even, at times, dignity” – Barbour & Wright The political process of Sudan and South Sudan has (...)

Salient features of South Sudan latest peace deal 2018-09-21 05:36:06 By Roger Alfred Yoron Modi Last week, the government of South Sudan under President Salva Kiir, various armed and unarmed opposition groups and other parties, including the SPLM/A-IO led by Dr (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Unity State community in Kenya supports Khartoum peace agreement 2018-08-17 08:33:21 PRESS STATMENT 14th Aug, 2018 Re: We shall Rally behind Khartoum Peace Agreement The Unity State Community Association in Kenya was established in 2010 to organize and mobilize the people of (...)

The Suspension of Hurriyat Online Newspaper 2018-04-29 07:04:37 Sudan Democracy First Group 28 April 2018 The Sudanese civil and political circles and those concerned with Sudan were shocked by the news that the management of Hurriyat online newspaper has (...)

Petition on the Deteriorating Human Rights and Humanitarian Situation in Sudan 2018-04-22 10:01:20 UN Secretary-General, New York African Union Commission, Addis Ababa UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva Petition on the Deteriorating Human Rights and Humanitarian Situation in Sudan (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2018 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.