Uganda Aims for Universal Electricity Access by 2030

Minister Ruth Nankabirwa Internet photo
Minister Ruth Nankabirwa
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The Minister for Energy and Mineral Development, Ruth Nankabirwa, announced the government’s commitment to achieving universal access to electricity for all Ugandans by 2030 through the Electricity Access Scale-up Project (EASP).

Launched in Mitooma District on February 2, 2024, the $638 million project, co-funded with the World Bank, aims to enhance energy access for households, enterprises, and institutions through both grid and off-grid connections.

Currently, Uganda’s national electricity grid provides access to 19% of the population, with off-grid connections, mainly solar power, reaching 38%. The total national electricity connectivity access stands at 57%.

The EASP, implemented over five years, focuses on grid expansion, financial intermediation, and support for refugee host communities. Ruth Nankabirwa pledged that 4.5 million people, including 300,000 female-headed households, will benefit from the project, aligning with the Electricity Connections Policy 2018 and Energy Policy 2023.

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Acknowledging the World Bank’s support, Nankabirwa emphasized the vital role of their partnership in achieving the project’s goals and improving Uganda’s energy infrastructure.

Irene Bateebe, the Permanent Secretary in the energy ministry, clarified that the project, part of the government’s efforts for universal energy access, will provide free connections. The associated costs will be covered by the government, with consumers only responsible for wiring their houses and inspection expenses.

Deputy Speaker of Parliament Thomas Tayebwa expressed hope that the EASP would transform lives, increasing access to energy for households, enterprises, and public institutions. The project aligns with Uganda’s Vision 2040 and other government policies, supporting socio-economic transformation.

Local representatives, including Juliet Agasha Bashiisha and Francis Mwijukye, welcomed the project as a significant boost to development, emphasizing its potential to enhance land value, stimulate economic growth, and improve livelihoods through expanded access to electricity.

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