We have enough electricity: REG

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That was the word from the power utility’s the Chief Executive of Rwanda Energy Group (REG), Jean Bosco Mugiraneza, who was addressing journalists in Kigali.

He revealed that the country can now produce enough power to service the demand in Kigali.

“We no longer have to cut off one side to service the other. We have enough electricity for everyone,” he said.

Mugiraneza also noted that besides being able to provide electricity to everyone who needs it, REG had embarked on different projects that will also purge general load shedding issues.

He said that not only was REG generating enough power to exceed demand‚ it’s also ensuring to better maintenance of power stations.

Effective January 1, 2017, the New Year begins with good news to electricity and water consumers in rural Rwanda, as regulators reviewed downward tariffs of the two essential amenities – especially for low income earners.

Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) in January affected the new approved tariffs that are friendly to both the individual consumers and industries especially when you consume less and vice versa.

One consuming between 0 and 15 kWh will be charged Rwf83/kWh, large industries at Frw83/kWh, medium industries at Frw90/kWh, and Small industries at a flat fee of Rwf126/kWh.

This represents a decrease of 28-34 per cent depending on industry category but with incentives for industrial consumer during off-peak hours (11:00PM – 08:00AM).

Modern and clean energy supply in Rwanda is routinely mediocre. Biomass energy resources stay the highly consumed with an average of 85% of total national consumption broadly for household heating and cooking needs. Petroleum products and hydropower occupy respectively 11% and 4% of total national energy consumption.

 

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