(Liilnna Kifle @mehrteab, Jan 2018)
As we are witnessing more and more tender announcements for Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), news about the qualification rounds following the tender or negotiations by the Ethiopia Electric Power (EEP, a state enterprise that offtakes the energy generated by IPPs) to purchase electric power from private investors, one may ask what is the legal basis for all of these? So far the private sector’s involvement in the energy sector was limited to Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contracts. And it was just recently (on December 19, 2017), that the legal provisions regarding PPAs and IPPs come into practical applicability when the first PPA was signed between Corbetti Geothermal PLC and EEP for the Corbetti geothermal power project.
(Addisfortune, Jan 2018)
A bill that oversees public-private partnerships (PPP) has been legislated by Ethiopian parliament. A legal framework for collaboration between the go...
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: