Alternative energy sources necessary – State

Zambians should look to other energy sources instead of depending on the country’s hydro-power, Government has advised.

And the Energy Regulation Board (ERB) has embarked on a consumer sensitization exercise on the need for use of alternative energy sources.

Southern Province permanent secretary Sibanje Simuchoba said during the Energy commemoration Week in Livingstone that the country has been hit with a shortage of power due to climate change.

He said this in a speech read on his behalf by Livingstone district commissioner Omar Munsanje.

Mr Simuchoba said Government was encouraging the utilisation of alternative and renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, geothermal and biomass.

“It is time we realized as a country that climate change is real as evidenced by the poor rainfall patterns over the last few years which has had a negative impact on our hydro-power generation capacity from which 99% of our electricity is produced.

“It is in this regard that Government is promoting the utilization of alternative and renewable energy resources such as wind, solar, geothermal and biomass for household and industrial applications,” he said

Mr Simuchoba said Government was in the process of developing a renewable energy feed-in tariff mechanism as a policy instrument for promoting the generation of electricity from renewable energy sources.

He called on citizens to be energy smart and avoid being wasteful in the utilization of power.

He said energy efficiency was not Government’s responsibility alone but should be embraced by all sections of society.

And ERB engineer electricity said ERB had embarked on consumer sensitization on alternative energy sources.

Mr Humphrey Ngwale said the country was faced with a challenge because of being dependant on hydro power alone.

He said energy issues have drawn the attention of many Zambians since load shedding started. Mr Ngwale said this was the reason ERB had embarked on sensitizing people on alternative energy sources.


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