Global hydropower capacity is set to increase by 17%, or 230 GW, between 2021 and 2030. However, net capacity additions over this period are forecast to decrease by 23% compared with the previous decade.
Between now and 2030, USD 127 billion – or almost one-quarter of global hydropower investment – will be spent on modernising ageing plants, mostly in advanced economies. Work on existing infrastructure – such as the replacement, upgrade or addition of turbines – will account for almost 45% of all hydropower capacity installed globally over the period.
Amos Wekesa, the Executive Director of Great Lakes Safaris, took on social media to encourage Ugandans to sign the petition, which they said would be delivered to President Museveni. Under the hashtag #savemurchisonfalls, Wekesa implored Ugandans to share their pictures online while at Murchison falls.
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi said ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all, is not only a question of satisfying households basic energy needs.
Henry Jumba, an Electric Engineer with the Company says the project feasibility studies were completed in June 2016. The nine mini hydro stations are expected to produce 0.5MW - 1.5MW of electricity for use in the communities as well as supply to the main electricity grid.
Renewable Energy and Jobs Annual Review 2017, released at IRENAs 13th Council meeting, on Tuesday provides the latest employment figures of the renewable energy sector and insight into the factors affecting the renewable labour market.
The livelihoods of over two hundred million people in the Nile Basin areas is at threat a environmental degradation of River Nile continues. Experts are also warning of potential regional conflict over the Nile waters.
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) revealed in a new report that biomass, hydropower, geothermal and onshore wind are all competitive with or cheaper than coal, oil and gas-fired power stations.
While many African states grapple with insufficient electricity, more than 90% of the continent's hydro power potential remains unutilised. Uganda, whose electrification rate stands at less than 15%, sits on 3,000 Megawatts hydro capacities, according to John Rao Nyaoro, the Executive Director of the Nile Basin Initiative. Nyaoro says that 15 billion cubic metres of the Nile water is unutilised.
Last week ERA announced an adjustment in electricity tariffs but also revealed that government expects to spend at least Shs59.6bn in 2014 on heavy fuel oil plants located in both in Tororo and Namanve. The plants have an installed capacity of 100MW but generate electricity at a much higher price than hydro-electric plants â€“ Bujagali, Kira and Nalubaale.
In line with the government push for massive infrastructure projects, the World Bank has pledged to commit 200 million US dollars for the next six years towards the energy sector. Makhtar Diop, the World Bank Group Vice President for Africa, while touring Bujagali Hydro Power Dam emphasized the need for the country to further develop its energy infrastructure.
Finance Minister Maria Kiwanuka has revealed that Uganda will still use thermal generators for power generation despite a promise by the Ministry of Energy to abandon them for the cheaper and cleaner hydro power.