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The Ministry of Water, Irrigation & Energy launched a new road map that aims at boosting the country’s power supply by four-fold from its current generating capacity. While having a capacity of generating 40,000MW to 50,000MW of electric power, the country only generates 4,400MW from water and other renewable energy sources, according to the Ministry.

The 10-year energy road map aims at expanding the power-generating ability of Ethiopia and to meet the demand, according to Frehiwot Weldehana (PhD), state minister for Water, Irrigation & Energy. The current 20,000Km of electric line coverage will be upgraded to 34,000Km, while the existing 204 electric distribution stations will expand to 256, according to the road map. Ethiopia will also generate 20,000MW of energy at the end of the 10 years, of which 14,000MW will come from hydro, while 1,700MW, 900MW and 2,000MW will be generated from solar, geothermal and wind sources, respectively.

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The Ministry of Water, Irrigation & Energy launched a new road map that aims at boosting the country’s power supply by four-fold from its current generating capacity. While having a capacity of generating 40,000MW to 50,000MW of electric power, the country only generates 4,400MW from water and other renewable energy sources, according to the Ministry.

The 10-year energy road map aims at expanding the power-generating ability of Ethiopia and to meet the demand, according to Frehiwot Weldehana (PhD), state minister for Water, Irrigation & Energy. The current 20,000Km of electric line coverage will be upgraded to 34,000Km, while the existing 204 electric distribution stations will expand to 256, according to the road map. Ethiopia will also generate 20,000MW of energy at the end of the 10 years, of which 14,000MW will come from hydro, while 1,700MW, 900MW and 2,000MW will be generated from solar, geothermal and wind sources, respectively.

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Following the reform program begun in 2013 including the liberalization of the generation sector, establishment of an independent regulator, unbundling (vertical) of the state power utility and enacting of a public private partnership law, the energy sector has made a fair share of its own version( in contrast to the standard power sector reform model) of reform progress in Ethiopia.

In addition to the ongoing hydro based investments/constructions still taking place ( GERD, Genale, Koisha being the few examples), key mile stones are also being made in new technologies and business models albeit a slow pace and rigor.

Utility scale ((1* 100MW, 2*125MW) solar projects have been awarded to IPP developers and few more are in the tendering stage,

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The administration of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) has been amending the investment law to enable the private sector engagement in the manufacturing of weapons, ammunition and explosives, which were exclusively reserved for the state, in a joint venture arrangement with the government.

The bill, drafted by the Ethiopian Investment Commission and a technical team, also allows the private sector to invest in air transport and postal services, engage in the import and export of as well as the transmission and distribution of electricity partnering with the state.

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