Minister Muloni Commends WWF on Renewable Energy Strides
The Minister made the remarks at the just concluded Annual Energy week that was held at the KCCA grounds in Lugogo.
“Oh, I love WWF. She said when she reached the exhibition stall. You are very practical. You believe that lack of affordable clean energy options is responsible for our ever dwindling forest cover and you always provide practical solutions and options to Government,” she said.
Hon Muloni also took time to appreciate some of our renewable/ clean energy publications at the stall and made a special request for any new available literature for own further reading.
Under the theme “Transforming Uganda’s energy sector through Innovation, Investment and Integration,” this year’s Energy week attracted 60 more exhibitors as compared to last year.
The Annual Energy week started in 2005 as an energy efficiency week. It has since grown to become a popular annual energy week. This is an annual campaign that focuses on sustainable use of energy and energy access. This year, 160 players in the clean energy sector participated in the event. The platform has over the years created awareness on sustainable energy use and conservation.
WWF was one of the sponsors of the event. Others include: KCCA, UMEME LTD, ESKOM Uganda Ltd, Bujagali Energy ltd, USAID/Power Africa, GIZ, and Environmental Alert.
WWF’s Edna Nyamwaka Speaks at Power Forum
As part of the Annual Energy week activities, WWF’s Edna Nyamwaka joined other stakeholders in the Power Forum at the Pearl of Africa Hotel.
Nyamwaka informed participants that 55 out of 100 households meant to benefit from a 5kW mini grid in Kayanzi fishing village in Kasese that was piloted in 2014 under the Champion District Initiative (CDI), are connected. She added that WWF with funding from the European Union (EU) and Rural Electrification Agency (REA) is developing six mini grids in Kasese and Rubirizi Districts.
“We have completed feasibility studies and designs and the procurement of the contractor is in the final stages. The contractor will construct, operate and maintain the mini-grids for a period of 5 years, after which ownership will be transferred to REA”, She said.
These six mini-grids are expected to supply 900 households and more than 200 businesses.
However, WWF asked the government to simplify the regulatory processes, provide incentives to reduce on initial investment cost for developers and invest in building capacity of local actors in the pre-development work, design, installation and maintenance of mini-grids.