Ethiopian Energy^Power Business Portal

A research paper by (as obtained from Science Direct):

Md Alam Hossain MondalElizabeth BryanClaudia RinglerDawit MekonnenMark Rosegrant

The energy sector of Ethiopia continues to largely rely on traditional biomass energy due to limited access to modern energy sources to meet growing demand. Long-term energy demand forecasting is essential to guide the country's plans to expand the energy supply system. This study provides a general overview of Ethiopia's current energy demand and forecasts sector-wise energy demand out to 2030 for alternative policy scenarios using the Long-range Energy Alternative Planning (LEAP) model. The reference scenario assumes a continuation of recent energy consumption trends and takes account of current energy and economic dynamics. Three alternative scenarios on improved cookstoves, efficient lighting, and universal electrification scenario were identified as key priorities of the government of Ethiopia and modeled. Results from the model can assist energy planners in ensuring that the country's capacity for supply meets projected growth in demand for energy. They also shed light on the tradeoffs implicit in alternative policy priorities and investments in terms of economic development and environmental sustainability. Most importantly, the results suggest that alternative investments can conserve energy, improve environmental sustainability, enhance energy equity and improve the country's development indicators.

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The Authority is preparing to introduce a minimum energy performance standard for electrical motors in a bid to reduce power consumption. The Authority’s Energy Efficiency Conservation Department is conducting a study to identify the minimum standard for electric motor efficiencies  manufacturers must meet before they can be put to use in the country.

At a cost of 20 million Br, the study was initiated in July and is expected to be produced in three phases, taking up to three years to finalise. In the first phase of the project, which is expected to take about a year, a minimum standard for energy use will be identified. The next two phases will encompass discussing the result of the study with stakeholders, conducting awareness creation programs and taking steps to reduce the import of substandard motors.

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(Xinhua/26 May 2018)

Ethiopia has increased its electricity generation capacity 11-fold during the last 27 years, says an Ethiopian official. Azeb Asnake, CEO of Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP), said Ethiopia has managed to increase its electricity generation from 380 Mega Watts (MW) in 1991 to around 4,300 MW currently, reported state affiliated media outlet Radio Fana. She also said EEP has managed to increase its customer numbers from 600,000 in 1991 to around 2.8 million people in 2018, while an additional 8,000 rural towns have become beneficiaries of electricity during the same period. "Ethiopia is constructing several energy projects, including the 6,450 MW Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), which in total can generate about 9,000 MW of additional energy," said Asnake.

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(Xinhua, 20 April 2018) 

The Ethiopian government on Friday revealed that Ethiopia's access to electric power grid system has now reached more than 57 percent. The Ethiopian Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity, in its latest report presented to the Ethiopian House of Peoples and Representatives on Friday, indicated that the East African country's access to electric power has reached 57 percent, while the number of households that are connected through the national electric power grid system has reached to 2.8 million. According to Tilahun Legesse, Director of the National Electricity Provision under the ministry, the number of Ethiopian households and the reported percentage level is only attributed to the electric power energy, in which the contribution of other sources of energy would further augment the country's energy coverage.

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