Electricity Act under scrutiny

David Mabumba

GOVERNMENT is reviewing the electricity Act to enable independent power producers (IPPs) to sell power to any consumer rather than Zesco Limited.
Minister of Energy David Mabumba said Government has started various reforms to ensure increased production and competitiveness in the petroleum and electricity sub-sectors.

“We want to see investors getting a return on their money and also consumers getting a meaningful service. We are diversifying the energy generation mix considering what happened last year when we had low rainfall that impacted negatively on hydro-power generation,” Mr Mabumba said.
He said yesterday at the 7th Zambia International Mining and Energy Conference (ZIMEC) under the theme ‘Mining and energy development in Zambia – Increasing economic activities’ that the reforms that Government is undertaking will ensure that energy projects are bankable and the open access system is implemented.
Open Access is defined as non-discriminatory provision for the use of transmission lines or distribution system or associated facilities with such lines or system by any licensee or consumer or a person engaged in generation in accordance with the regulations specified by the Appropriate Commission.
“We don’t want Zesco to be the only off-taker of power but we want you to sell to any consumer or to any destination of your choice while using the already installed facilities,” Mr Mabumba told a gathering of local and international investors and other industry players at the event.


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