Rush for power: EAC in haste to reign in crippling energy
Saturday March 9 2013
Nearly every week, there has been an announcement of a new power plant, supporting infrastructure coming up or proposed in at least one of the five EAC countries — Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi. Photo/FILE
In the past two months, public utilities and private sector players have announced plans to build power plants that will add an extra 650MW of electricity — or about 20 per cent of the region’s installed capacity.
Demand for new connections is driven by the region’s growing economies, resulting in a middle class that is spending more, and an expanding informal business sector.
The World Bank estimates that power utilities in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania lose 16, 26 and 21 per cent of their power respectively.