The major key enabler in realising sustained economic growth is electricity supply. In order to achieve the objective of powering the economy towards sustained economic growth, the existing generation capacity will be optimally utilised through upgrading, rehabilitation and maintenance. Although the installed capacity is 2 300 MW, the actual power generation capacity is about 1400 MW against a peak demand of about 1700MW, and winter peak maximum demand of about 2200MW thus, creating a shortfall of about 1000 MW during peak periods. Overall dependency on hydro power amidst effects of climatic change is exerting more burden on current electricity supply. The reliance on power imports on the backdrop of regional shortages is also not sustainable. In order to support the 5% projected average economic growth rate, the objective is to increase power supply from the current installed capacity of 2317MW to 3467 MW by the year 2025 and construction of additional 280km of transmission and distribution network by 2025.
Priority will also be extended to development of new generation capacity through fast tracking ongoing projects and opening new projects, which take cognisance of a diversified energy mix.
Government policy will accommodate construction of Independent grid operators wishing to wheel power to their dedicated clients.
Government will also accelerate the implementation of an integrated comprehensive power generation and transmission framework, which will incorporate Independent Power Producers enabling them to access the electricity market. The framework will cover infrastructure sharing, licensing as well consumer protection amongst others, whilst ensuring conformity to national power generation and transmission standards.