Water, Irrigation and Energy Ministry said it plans to fully electrify the country by 2025, a big leap from the current less than 45 percent electricity coverage that leaves more than 60 million in the dark.The ministry held today a consultative meeting on the Power Sector Reform Roadmap with key stakeholders.
Water, Irrigation and Energy Minister, Sileshi Bekele said on the occasion the plan aims to provide electricity for all by combining 65 percent on-grid and 35 percent off-grid power. “Although the country is endowed with abundant untapped renewable energy resources, the current electric power generated and in use is less than 4,500 megawatt, leaving more than 60 million people with no access to electricity,” the minister noted.
He added that the current power supply of the country is 4,413 MW, making it world’s fifth and Africa’s third least country in terms of provision of electricity.
Ethiopian Women in Energy Network, #EWiEN, relaunched today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with an improved governance structure in the presence of larger stakeholders including Abraham Belay(Dr.), CEO of EEP, members of #EWiEN, invited guests, sponsors and volunteers.
The Relaunching program includes key note speeches, presentations, panel discussions and official launching ceremony.
As introduced by Atsede Gualu(Dr.),#EWiEN Chairwoman, and Filagot Tesfaye(Engineer), #EWiEN President, #EWiEN has a vision to see Ethiopian Women, at the heart of the energy sector, as change agents and beneficiary in the effort of providing energy access to all. The network will focus on Empowering, promoting Visibility and Networking women in the energy sector.
With the appointment of Sahle-Work Zewde as first female president, and the creation of a gender-balanced cabinet, Ethiopia is attracting global attention for efforts to promote gender equality. This is against a backdrop of some of the lowest gender equality performance indicators in Sub-Saharan Africa. Gaps between men and women are especially prevalent in infrastructure sectors such as energy, where the roles and responsibilities of women and girls in the household, market, and community can affect their access, control, and use of electricity services.
Ethiopia has set a 2025 target of universal electricity access, as well as 100% access for primary and secondary schools, hospitals, and primary health centers. With the help of the World Bank Group, the country is pioneering a new model to promote equality between men and women while it works toward universal electricity access.
The Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) has made it public this week that it is formally ceasingits power generation operation and will focus on the management of the existing plants, transmissions linens and substations. Abraham Belay (PhD), CEO of EEP, told employees during a meeting on Thursday that in accordance to the ongoing reform activities the organization has initiated, EEP would no longer be involved in developing power generating plants. It will rather concentrate on managing the operations of the plants and power transmission lines.
According to the CEO, the organizational reform measures undertaken at the EEP required overhauling where financial and human resources were found to be mismanaged. Hence, the state owned EEP will no longer be involved in power generation activities. Accordingly, the existing and future power projects will be handled by private companies.