Wednesday July 23 2014

Rural electrification is still inadequate

By Herman Clive Nuwaha

In Uganda, access to energy in rural areas is low. Increasing uptake of rural energy for the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals will require that rural communities double energy consumption and use modern energy for cooking and lighting. Many rural schools, clinics, small scale industries and community centres need electricity to support rural industrialisation.

Increasing access to energy will require the government to prioritise energy by adopting strategies linked to strategic investments in the sector.

In Africa, the cost of providing electricity for 500 million households per year would require $16b (Shs32 trillion). To complete the government expenditure on increasing energy access, micro finance programmes in Uganda should be up-scaled. With the majority of poor in rural areas, provision of small loans will have a great impact in improving access to energy.