Tanzania pushed to invest more in renewable energy (Tanzania)

By Alex Malanga | The Citizen, Tanzania September 22, 2017

Stakeholders have called on the government to invest more in sustainable energy as a way of achieving its industrialisation drive.

The call was made on Thursday, September 21, during a workshop that brought together about 50 participants, including renewable energy project developers, representatives from government institutions, development partners and the academia.

Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) Energy, Climate Change and Oil for Development Coordinator Roy Namgera said the industrialisation drive would need more clean energy.

Tanzania’s power demand is expected to increase by between 11 per cent and 13 per cent over the next few years.

Projections show that demand for electricity is expected to increase from the current 925MW to at least 3,800MW in eight years.

“The above scenario necessitates a need to ensure efforts are made to explore all options for clean, affordable and sustainable energy sources that exist in the country to meet the increasing energy demand,” noted Mr Namgera.

He said renewables accounted for less than one per cent of primary energy supply.

The Centre for Small Hydropower under the University of Dar es Salaam University, Dr Isack Legonda, warned that Tanzania’s dependency on climate sensitive energy sources like wood fuel and charcoal makes the country vulnerable to drought.

“The government should involve in capacity building of policy makers through professional training in small and medium-scale hydropower development,” said Mr Legonda.

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