REG cuts down energy inefficiencies by 44 megawatts
The Rwanda Energy group-REG has announced it has cut energy inefficiencies by 44 megawatts, bringing yet optimism as the country struggles to match the rising energy demand with the supply.
The reduction, the countryâ€™s energy development and utility service delivery body says were both in commercial and technical losses through infrastructure maintenance and repair as well as introduction of energy saving lights.
The government has distributed over 800,000 energy saving lights since 2007 while increasingÂ Â Â investment towards refurbishment of stations and power lines saving 65 megawatt/hr with a peak demand at 105 megawatts by end of 2014.
â€œWithout this energy efficiency strategy, we would be having a peak demand of 150 megawatts per hour which is hard to get,â€ said Mugiraneza
Under rural electrification the government has connected 24% of its 70 percent both on grid and off grid electricity connections by 2018.
The country expects 563 MWÂ by 2018 with the current capacity at 119.6 MW if it to leapfrog economy into middle income by 2020, implying any saving and additional generation is vital.
â€œWe are trying to look at off grid electricity such as biogas and solar heaters to reduce on the peak demand,â€ he said while speaking to the media on Friday.
He adds, â€œThis helps us to save energy so that we can divert that energy to new connections to other people who donâ€™t have.â€
Moreover, theÂ generation capacity in the last 18 months increased by over 86 MW from Â Giggawatt Solar power plant of 8.5MW,Diesel power plants of 10MW at special economic zoneÂ and 14 MW at CIMERWA, cement factory.
Others are Nyabarongo 1 hydropower plant 28MW, Kivuwatt 25 MW that which is still under testing phase and it is currently supplying up to 10MW to the national grid.