A recent research paper by (SEforALL AND Power For All, 2017) puts the Energy Access Dividend for Ethiopia the following way.
The Government of Ethiopia has a target to deliver access to connect 90 percent of towns and villages to the grid by 2020. The electrification rate to achieve this 2020 target has been extrapolated forward and indicates that universal access could be achieved in 2031 if progress were to continue at this rate.
Today we’re able to build self-driving trucks, to communicate with smart humanoids, and to play video games with virtual reality technologies. Yet there are 1.06 billion people living without access to electricity across the world (IEA and World Bank, 2017). That’s one in every five people, most of them living in rural Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, they rely on kerosene, candles, and battery torches for essential lighting.
Ethiopia announced a Power Shading Program that will last two consecutive months starting from the beginning of May 2019 mainly due to a drop in the water levels of the hydroelectric dams resulting in production deficits, according to Dr. Seleshi Bekele, Minister of Water. Irrigation and Electricity Ministry, and Shiferaw Telila, CEO of Ethiopian Electric Utility, press release.
According to the press release, the current average production capacity of the hydroelectric power plants lowers to 1400MW resulting in up to 700MW gap to meet demand. The power rationing was therefore necessary to be able to manage the power demand and supply gap until the rainy season starts.
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(bbc/1 May 2018)
A nationwide power cut hit Ethiopia overnight after a technical fault at a massive hydroelectric dam. Power cuts are common in Ethiopia, but rarely on such a big scale. The dam has caused controversy in Ethiopia and has been blamed for cutting the water supply to northern Kenya, causing Lake Turkana to shrink. Ethiopia is currently building an even bigger dam on the River Nile, which has led to a diplomatic spat with Egypt and Sudan. State media says the power went out when a circuit breaker tripped at Gibe III dam in southern Ethiopia and engineers have now rectified the problem.