Uganda: Demand for Electricity Up
6 September 2012
AllAfrica.com - Electricity demand has increased sharply a month after the multi-million dollar Bujagali Hydropower Project delivered 250 Mega Watts (MW) to national grid.
Until late July this year, power demand during peak hours (7pm - midnight), was at 443 MW yet available electricity was about 330 MW which ensured the economy continued to suffer from power blackouts.
Electricity supply has now increased to 580 MW thanks to the timely completion of the Bujagali Hydropower Project.
"Power demand is growing at 10% per annum," Dr Benon Mutambi, the Electricity Regulatory Authority chief said. "It means that every year we should be able to commission 50 MW project online if we are to avoid going back to the situation we were few month ago."