Supporting Energy Strategies that Increase Access to Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
Uganda is endowed with numerous natural resources. In terms of energy, the country has abundant biomass and water resources, ideal solar conditions, peat, geothermal, wind and large quantities of non-woody biomass. Of all these resources, water and biomass are the most significantly exploited; these two resources contribute a great deal to meeting the Energy demands of Uganda’s population.
The uneven use of available resources has led to insufficient supply of energy, a situation which is aggravated by consumers’ mostly inefficient use of the little energy that is available. It has further placed the country among the lowest consumers of modern (and clean) energy, both in sub-Saharan Africa and the world.
Activities geared towards supporting strategies that increase renewable energy and energy efficiency are implemented on behalf of the German Federal Ministry
for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
The Commission supports the Ministry of Energy in areas of Energy policy, improvement of market structures and energy efficiency.
The Commission also supports activities such as implementation of Energy programmes at district level, Monitoring and Evaluation and mainstreaming of cross cutting issues such as Gender and HIV/ AIDS.
Since the programme started in 1999, the strategy support commission has had numerous achievements. These include the following:
Energy programmes and activities have been mainstreamed into the five year strategic plans, annual action plans and budgets of local governments in 17 pilotdistricts in Lango and West Nile.
A Quality Management System for the planning, steering and evaluation processes of the Ministry of Energy has been introduced and implementation is underway.
With the support of a geographic information system expert (GIS), the Ministry of Energy has a fully operational GIS Lab.
Over 30 partner staff have been trained in areas of budget planning and monitoring, Project Management; technology specific areas and HIV/AIDS and Gender mainstreaming.
Capacities of Private Sector dealers in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficient technologies have been built. This has facilitated the formation of 5 RE and EE business associations, including the Biomass Energy Efficient Technologies Association (BEETA) and Uganda Solar Energy Association (USEA). These associations offer lobbying and training services.
Awareness has been raised among communities in the West Nile and Lango regions on conditions, formalities, costs and benefits of regular and subsidized electricity connections.
In cooperation with the Rural Electrification Agency and the Electricity Regulatory Authority, licensing procedures for small-scale off-grid energy projects have been simplified and standardized.
Minimum Energy Performance Standards and test procedures for five electrical appliances, e,g air conditioners, lighting appliances and refrigerating appliances were developed.
15 energy audits of large industries have been carried out.
26 private energy consultants and energy managers have undergone theoretical and practical energy audit training.
Preliminary energy surveys were carried out in 5 industries.
A workshop on financing models for energy efficiency in industries was organized, attracting over 47 participants.
2 awareness workshops on Energy Efficiency and the ISO 50001 Energy management standard were carried out for high energy consuming facilities.
Support has been given to awareness campaigns, including the Energy Week.
HIV/AIDS and Gender
Gender mainstreaming activities continuously carried out, including trainings, observance of Gender Day and participation in a Gender Symposium
HIV/AIDS mainstreaming activities continuously carried out including organizing of health camps, observance of World Aids Day, organization of Voluntary Counselling and Testing at MEMD offices both in Kampala and Entebbe.