The government wants more Ugandans to cook using gas. 

The government wants more Ugandans to cook using gas.

Eng. Simon D’Ujanga, state minister for energy and mineral development said making cooking gas and electricity cheap will protect the environment. “There is a need to safeguard our forests and trees from which we get firewood and charcoal for cooking.

We need affordable power for consumption and reliable power for industrialization,” D’Ujanga said.

The government is working on plans to make gas and electricity affordable for cooking. With the entry of more suppliers and distributors of cooking gas in Uganda, the price of cooking gas has fallen slightly.

This was during the launch of the Energy and Minerals Week 2020 that started on December 1 and will end on December 4.

“In view of mitigating against accelerated deforestation, the use of alternative, clean and modern cooking solutions such as electric pressure cooking and Liquefied   Petroleum Gas (LPG) is being promoted at the household level,” D’Ujanga said. D’Ujanga said increasing power generation capacity has been the focus of the Government and power will increasingly become cheaper when the 600mmw Karuma Dam comes online next year. D’Ujanga said there would be some sector reforms in the electricity sector to improve service delivery.

The Energy and Minerals Week seeks to create awareness of the sustainable use of energy and minerals in Uganda.

The minister explained that electricity has been extended to all district headquarters (with the exception of Kaabong district which is expected to be complete by December 2020.

The electrification of sub-county, division, and town council headquarters and works are ongoing in 25 districts covering 570 sub-county headquarters.

He said the target is to make sure that every household has access to electricity by 2030 using connections on the national grid, solar home systems, and small isolated mini-grids to reach all Ugandans.

He explained that for on-grid connections, the Electricity Connections Policy facilitates free connections to electricity consumers within a 90-meter radius of an existing low-voltage pole.

He said before the policy, obtaining a connection attracted a minimum cost of up to sh600,000 but now the only cost to customers is an inspection fee of sh20,000.

The energy and minerals sector is a key sector that contributes immensely to Uganda’s economic development.

Energy such as electricity, petroleum products such as petrol, diesel and oil, and other forms including solar, wind, firewood, charcoal, and geothermal drive production.

 

Some of the mineral resources Uganda is endowed with include phosphates that are used to make purely organic fertilizers for agricultural use, copper and cobalt in Kilembe, iron ore, gold, uranium, and many other minerals that can be exploited to benefit our country.

The minister said that when the Karuma power plant is commissioned and fully absorbed it is expected that the weighted generation tariff will reduce from the current US Cents 6.47/kWh (sh243.43) to US cents 5.34/kWh (h200.93), representing a reduction of 17.45%.23.

He noted that the target of 5 US cents per unit of electricity has already been achieved during off-peak hours for extra-large consumers.  This was possible following the conclusion of refinancing Bujagali Hydro Power Plant where the tariff reduced from 10.1 US cents to 8.3 US