Uganda's energy-saving bulbs lead
reduction in load shedding
Oct 1, 2007 - Xinhua
The introduction of energy-saving bulbs a few months
ago has resulted into the saving of 30 mega watts
in Uganda, which has led to reduction in load shedding
in the country.
"Over 550,000 energy-saving bulbs have been distributed
free in the main load center of Kampala, Entebbe,
Wakiso, Mukono and Jinja and this has resulted in
saving 30 mega watts," Simon D'Ujanga, the energy
state minister, was quoted by state-owned New Vision
on Monday as saying.
Energy experts said such an amount of electricity
could light Mukono and Entebbe or connect about 15,000
D'Ujanga disclosed that the peak demand for electricity
had reduced to 350 mega watts from 380 mega watts.
"The generation option of 30 mega watts would cost
an estimated investment of 75 million U.S. dollars
in hydropower generation, while 20 million dollars
would be required for thermal generation excluding
the fuel and administrative costs," he said.
Presenting a paper on "The Role of Energy Efficiency
in Reducing Electricity Demand in Uganda" at a seminar
in Kampala over the weekend, the minister said the
energy-saving bulbs were procured at 1.2 million U.S.
dollars and distributed free to improve on energy
The energy ministry early this year procured 800,000
energy- saving bulbs to replace the ordinary bulbs.
Each Umeme customer received three energy savers and
taxes on energy-saving bulbs removed to bring down
the cost to encourage consumers to purchase them.
Umeme is Uganda's leading distributor of electric
D'Ujanga said that energy efficiency is the most important
component of a sustainable energy system, resulting
into high standards of services.
"It means we get more services for less energy and
thus less money and less carbon dioxide emissions,"
"Efficient energy technologies can result into high
standards of services such as lighting, cooling and
transportation, with a lower demand for energy and
a lower environmental impact," the minister added.
D'Ujanga said improving efficiency could delay the
need for additional generation capacity and save investment
costs, adding that the government was implementing
several measures to improve the efficiency of utilization
"Let us all use electricity more efficiently and save
money and our environment," D'Ujanga added.
The Ugandan government is distributing energy saving
bulbs, doing energy auditing for private industries
and public premises, carried out an energy efficiency
week and is carrying out awareness campaigns to promote
acquisition of energy efficient technologies, he said.
He said such measures are expected to increase efficiency
by 5 percent by March 2009, saving money that would
be required for new power facilities investment.
Uganda is currently facing an acute power shortage
as the hydropower generation from the Kiira and Nalubaale
power stations, 80km east of Kampala, dwindled to
140MW from the installed capacity of 380MW.