Achievements and Challenges of Uganda’s Power Sector

Written by Rocky Mountain Institute

In 2005, Uganda descended into a power crisis that changed energy planning mindsets forever. A sharp decline in hydropower generation output, partly blamed on prolonged droughts that affected water levels in Lake Victoria along with delayed capacity additions, meant that electricity demand was double the available supply. This led to a period of long power outages and load shedding, which caused economic loss and ultimately reduced the country’s GDP growth. To address the immediate crisis, the government turned to expensive diesel rentals in the short term as systematic interventions followed to buy time for a concerted effort to overcome the

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By Rocky Mountain Institute

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) transforms global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future. We are an independent, nonpartisan nonprofit cofounded in 1982 by Amory Lovins, RMI’s chairman emeritus and chief scientist. RMI now has approximately 170 full-time staff, annual operations of $35 million, and a global reach and reputation. In 2014, Carbon War Room merged with and now operates as part of RMI.

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