Uganda has set an audacious electricity production target of producing 1,974 megawatts by the year 2020and 4,356 Megawatts by 2035. This, according to President Yoweri Museveni will bring down the cost of electricity in the country.
Uganda currently produces about 700 megawatts including 250-megawatts from Bujagali Energy Limited, 200 megawatts from Kiira Power Station, 180 megawatts from Nalubale Power Station and many other small power plants spread across the country.
“By building Karuma, Isimba and a number of small mini-hydros, our generation capacity will, by 2020, stand at 1,974 megawatts compared to the 60megawatts of 1986. With Ayago, our generation capacity will go to 4,356 megawatts, by 2035.” President Museveni said in his New Year address to the nation.
He added: “I am glad the power from Karuma will be 5 US cents per unit. The one from Isimba will be 4.8 US cents per unit. Unfortunately, the one from Bujagali has been 10.1 US cents per unit.”
The high costs of electricity have been a stumbling block for manufacturers. They say expensive electricity makes production expensive.
They then transfer the cost to their customers through pricing. This according to manufacturers makes them uncompetitive in the market. This therefore comes as good news.
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