Key issues in Uganda's energy sector
Uganda has abundant energy resources, especially renewable resources, yet there is widespread energy poverty throughout the country. The country’s energy sector faces considerable challenges including high costs for renewable energy technologies, rising international oil prices and an increased demand for power. The report explores key issues in each of the sub-sectors, the potential for renewable energies, and gives an overview of the legal and institutional frameworks for the sector. ~Despite the achievements of the Ugandan government in reforming the energy industry since 1997, the sector needs significant investment. The government faces the challenge of expanding access to affordable, reliable and adequate energy supplies to address poverty issues. Energy supply is unequally distributed across the country and the provision of electricity has been limited to mainly urban and semi-urban areas.
The report recommends better monitoring and regulation of operations, improved regulation of access to natural resources by investors, and increased stakeholder involvement in the energy sector. It calls for the government to recognise the role that improved energy supply can play in poverty reduction by designing sustainable energy policies.
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