Cabinet seeks to resolves electricity challenges


Harare (New Ziana) – The government is reviewing the electricity value chain from production to retail in order to manage the increased demand for power caused by increasing economic activity, a Cabinet Minister has said.

Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said Cabinet considered and noted proposals on managing the increased demand for electricity which were presented by Energy and Power Development Minister Zhemu Soda.

She said increased economic activity, especially in the agricultural and mining sectors as well as the manufacturing sector, had spurred increased demand for electricity.

Additionally, ongoing massive housing and other infrastructural development projects were also leading to increased electricity consumption.

“This calls for efficiency in the production, distribution and use of electrical power,” she said.

“Accordingly, the whole production, supply, distribution and retailing framework of electrical power is being reviewed to take into account these positive developments in the economy.”

Mutsvangwa said some of the measures that were in force to encourage efficient use of energy included the stepped application of the electricity tariff whereby users who consume above a certain threshold are charged at a higher rate, while the Renewable Energy Policy also stipulated the enhanced use of solar and renewable energy sources by consumers.

“For instance, new housing units being constructed are required to install solar geysers. The net-metering system is also being implemented. Domestic consumers with solar panels on their rooftops which are connected to the national grid, can sell any excess power that they generate to the national grid.

“In general, the use of off-grid electrical power through the use of solar energy allows consumers a significant measure of control over their electricity energy costs.”

Adding on, Energy Minister Soda said the electricity supply situation was being addressed.

“Already we have the expansion through Hwange 7 and 8 units and we are expecting an additional 600 megawatts. The first unit will be coming in November this year where we will receive 300 megawatts and the other 300 megawatts coming through in the first quarter of 2022,” he said.
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