(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.
(The World Bank, 1 March 2018)
The World Bank today approved a $375 million International Development Association (IDA)* credit to support Ethiopia’s goal of achieving universal electricity access by 2025.
(Bloomberg New Energy Finance, 26 Feb 2018),
More than 4 billion people are not connected to the internet today, representing a huge opportunity for both development and business. Bridging the ‘digital divide’ for these un-networked billions requires affordable and reliable access to electricity.
(German information Center, 14 Feb 2018)
Despite Ethiopia’s abundance of renewable energy, only a small proportion of its population has an electricity supply. However, this proportion is growing.
Ethiopia needs energy. The country aims to have a nationwide power supply by 2025. At present, however, only around 14 million of Ethiopia's 100 million inhabitants have access to electricity. In rural areas, in particular, very few people have an electricity supply.