National power outage: Costs and options

A power blackout enveloped Uganda on Saturday evening (August 04), leaving homeowners worried about the fresh groceries in their refrigerators while factory owners turned on diesel generators to light up their plants and run machines.

Daily Monitor reported in July that China Electric Power Equipment and Technology Company, a Chinese firm, has approached Uganda with $3b (Shs11.6 trillion) offer to modernise Uganda’s electricity transmission and distribution networks, functions currently undertaken by UETCL and Umeme Uganda Ltd.

The company said it would invest in a Smart Grid, which, according to the International Energy Agency, is an electricity network that uses digital technology to monitor and manage the transportation of electricity from all generation sources to meet the varying electricity demands of the end-users.

Source: Daily Monitor


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