According to the Energy Progress Report 2022 published by IEA, IRENA, UNSD, World Bank WHO Tracking SDG7, it was revealed that the number of Ugandans with access to electricity electricity exceeded the country’s population.
According to the report, the top 20 access-deficit countries in sub-Saharan Africa include Uganda and Kenya which have recorded the largest gains.
The report also indicates that Uganda and Kenya increased their annual access by 5.2 and 3 percentage points respectively.
To arrive at the conclusion, the team of five custodian agencies subtracted the access rate of the first year from that of the second year, then divided the result by the second year minus the first year.
The report further reveals that measuring electricity access enables governments to assess the state of access and effectively implement the 2030 Agenda which encompasses Sustainable Development Goal 7, which aims to increase access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030.
Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia had the largest unserved populations.
It should be noted that improving access to clean energy is in line with Uganda’s Third National Development Plan.
To ensure that Ugandans can get clean energy at an affordable price, the government is now funding the construction of renewable energy generating stations like Karuma and Isimba whose tariffs do not exceed five cents US (Sh182) per unit. It introduced sliding scale tariffs for large and very large industrial users, it introduced a vital tariff band for household consumption, introduced a cooking tariff to encourage many households to use electricity for cooking and ensured the refinancing of the debts of Bujagali Energy Limited. .
The report also noted that Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia had the largest unserved populations.
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