(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.
(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.
አገሪቱ በአሁኑ ወቅት ከምታመርተው አጠቃላይ የኤሌክትሪክ ኃይል ውስጥ በየዓመቱ ከ1000 ሜጋ ዋት በላይ ኃይል ጥቅምላይ ሳይውል እየባከነ መሆኑን፣ የኢትዮጵያ ኢነርጂ ባለሥልጣን አስታወቀ። ባለሥልጣኑ ይህንን ያስታወቀው ያለፉት ዘጠኝ ወራት የሥራ አፈጻጸም ሪፖርቱን ሰኞ ሚያዝያ 8 ቀን 2010 ዓ.ም. ለፓርላማውየተፈጥሮ ሀብት ጉዳዮች ቋሚ ኮሚቴ ባቀረበበት ወቅት ነው። የባለሥልጠኑ ዋና ዳይሬክትር አቶ ጌታሁን ሞገስ፣ በአገሪቱከሚታየው ጥንቃቄ የጎደለው የኃይል አጠቃቀም የተነሳ ከአጠቃላይ የኤሌክትሪክ ኃይል በየዓመቱ 26 በመቶ እንደሚባክን ይፋአድርገዋል። ኃይል ሊባክንባቸው የሚችሉ ሁኔታዎች መለየታቸውን፣ የማስተካከያና ማሻሻያ ሥራና ዝርዝር የኢነርጂ ኦዲት መከናወኑን፣ድንገተኛ የሆኑ የኢንስፔክሽን ሥራዎችና የኃይል አጠቃቀም በሚመለከት ሥልጠናዎች መሰጠታቸውን ዳይሬክተሩ ተናግረዋል።የኤሌትሪክ ምጣድ ደረጃ የወጣለት መሆኑንና የተሻሻሉ የቴክኖሎጂ ሥራዎች መከናወናቸውን፣ በ22 ኢንዱስትሪዎች ላይ የቅኝትኦዲት መደረጉንና በሦስት ፋብሪካዎች ዝርዝር የኢነርጂ ኦዲት መከናወኑን አስረድተዋል።
(Featured Story/World Bank, March 8, 2018)
When it comes to energy, Ethiopia has tremendous advantages. It has the second-highest installed available capacity for electricity generation in Sub-Saharan Africa, at 4.5 GW. It has a well-developed transmission and distribution network, with nearly 80 percent of the population living within proximity of medium-voltage transmission lines. It has abundant sources of renewable energy just waiting to be tapped – including wind, solar and geothermal– enough to easily supply the power needs of the country. And it is one of the few countries in the world where the electric grid is nearly 100 percent supplied by renewable sources.