|Zambia's energy crisis can't be over emphasis-needs a quick fix.pix: SADC.com|
Sept. 30 (Zambia Informer) -----“We must not wait until we are in another energy crisis before we act.......instead, we must bolster our position from now on and use it to situate ourselves in regard to renewable energy” President Lungu has warned.
Zambia has in recent months been buffeted in an energy crisis, crippled by power outages as the country continues relying on ageing hydro power generating equipment coupled by low water shortages in main reservoirs following a drought that swept the Southern African Development Community (SADC), leaving many countries wallowing in abject poverty.
Zambia, generates a paltry 2,317 megawatts of power in which the mining sector consumes 50 percent, leaving the rest to be shared between industrial and domestic consumers, fueling power failure as the industrial base as energy consumption in the 14 million populated Southern African state rises threefold amid efforts by Government to grow the economy.
However, President Lungu is alive to the country’s energy predicament and notes the urgency for quick fix solutions to ensure the crisis is nipped in the bud through resorting to other energy options including biomass, geothermal and solar as the grid situation continues failing Zambia.
President Lungu told lawmakers when he officially opened Parliament Friday that the current situation of a grid based electricity supply is under stress and with the unpredictable nature of rainfall patterns, Zambia needs to re-think electricity supply and pronounce clearly that the country’s energy strategy will be a combination of clean renewable energies alongside the grid.
Energy dependence, President Lungu added, must be a strategy for all areas of Zambia. Zambia is still in a situation of unavoidable but disruptive load shedding that the country has experienced since last year and development which has weighed heavily on the economic gains of the country and ultimately affected many Zambians as a result.
It is the president’s desire that a quick evaluation is undertaken tyo ensure the country devises ways of how to source energy, understand the type of energy to use, who owns it while ensuring that energy sourced is cheaper, abundant and reliable for as many Zambians as possible.
“Access to energy creates a landscape of opportunity for the people” President Lungu added. He reiterated Government’s resolve to demonstrate a strong commitment to promotion of renewable forms including solar and biogas energies
“……Zambia must urgently lay the foundation for a flourishing renewable energy industry, Zambia must create a path to energy independence, energy poverty must end.”