Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Clean energy, climate change and poverty reduction: Part IV-The Guardian

As one of the world’s highest-growth economies, Ethiopia has seen demand for electricity rise sharply. Increased investment has expanded net electricity generation fivefold. Even so, power shortages continue to hold back economic growth and grid coverage is limited, with just 15-20 per cent of rural Ethiopians having access to electricity. Ethiopia’s Growth and Transformation Programme (2010-2015) and its successor (2015-2020) is changing this picture. The strategy aims at another fivefold increase in power generation, from 2,000 MW to 10,000 MW, with a doubling of grid connection from 2 million to 4 million households and 75 per cent of villages connected to the grid.