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‘Power shortage, a wake-up call’

ERB Lusaka.

ESTHER MSETEKA, Lusaka
THE Energy Regulation Board (ERB) says the electricity power shortage Zambia is facing is a wake-up call for the country to invest more in alternative sources of energy.
ERB executive director Langiwe Lungu also said that the regulator is looking at possibilities of engaging companies that produce bio-gases to help supplement hydropower generation and other sources of electricity in the country.
Ms Lungu said ERB has witnessed a rise in the number of those intending to provide liquid petroleum gases (LPG) and solar energies.
She said this when she toured gas and solar facilities at Afrox Zambia Limited, Oryx Gas Zambia Limited and Muhanya Solar Company yesterday.
“We have about 30 interests in solar and 30 again for those in LPG. We do actually have a number of interests, but I suppose we needed this crisis [load shedding], for example, for us to appreciate that there are other alternatives and to also realise that we are actually paying a sub-economic tariff for electricity.
“Because if we have been paying the right price for a long time now, we probably could have had the funds to invest or investors who are interested in alternative sources of energy setting up plants [in Zambia],” she said.
Ms Lungu also assured the three companies she visited that Government would address issues that are affecting the growth of the sub-sector.


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