Energy developers will be able to commence operations within three to five years after being licensed, according to the newly amended proclamation. This is contrary to the existing one where all energy developers were required to become functional within 12 months.
(The National Electrification program, NEP, document):
Adequate, reliable, and affordable electricity access connectivity nationwide is a critical enabler for realizing Ethiopia’s future growth and transformation,economic prosperity, and well-being of all its citizens nationwide. Today, grid connected household connectivity is about 20+ percent of the population. And many priority social services delivery institutions especially in rural areas—schools and clinics—also have limited access connectivity and reliability. There is no time to lose. Following release of the Government’s National Energy Strategy (NES–2016) and reflecting its recommendations, the Ethiopia’s National Electrification Program (NEP)—Implementation Roadmap (IRM) presents the Government’s action plan for achieving universal electricity access nationwide by 2025, in a strategic and comprehensive as well as efficient and transparent manner, for the benefit of all its citizens. Toward this end, the key operational action elements of the NEP-IRM target are:
Ethio Resource Group (ERG) received 100,000 dollars grant from the US to set up six wind-powered micro-grid systems. Ethio Resource Group (ERG), an Ethiopian off-grid local private energy company, has overcome the final hurdle to secure a license from the Ethiopian Energy Authority (EEA) to commercialise 9.5KW electric power. The Company, which commissioned six wind turbines and micro-grid system farms at Menz Gera Midir Wereda, North Shoa Zone, in the Amhara Regional State, completed all the processes and is expecting to obtain the license within two months.
The Council of Ministers is seeing a new energy bill that elevates the Ethiopian Electric Agency (EEA) to an authority with more regulatory power and revenue generation capacity. Though the experts at the Ethiopian Electric Agency (EEA) were eying in establishing an independent organ with the power to determine grid tariff which is currently the power of power utility to date, the upcoming authority is given the power to determine off-grid tariff only.