Word from E.D

In the financial year 2014/2015, over 354.21Kms of medium voltage and 2,145.52Kms of low voltage were added to the national grid. Approximately 5,400kms of medium voltage and 3300kms has been constructed by REA. During the construction, priority is given to district headquarters, health centers, schools, and agro based industries. So far REA has electrified 109 districts in the country; and the three that have not been reached include; Buvuma, Kotido and Kabong.

Several Development Partners have worked with REA to ensure that the rural electrification programme achieves its vision of "Universal access for all to electricity by 2040". Some of these development partners include: The World Bank, African Development Bank, French Government, the Japan International Cooperation Agency(JICA), Norwegian Government, Islamic Development Bank(IDB), OPEC Fund for International Development, BADEA and Saudi Fund for Development.

REA has come up with a number of mechanisms to increase access to electricity thereby increasing infrastructural development which will make electricity more viable. The strategies include; grid- intensification/densification programme, community schemes, connection subsidies like the Output Based Aid and the Norad connection subsidy.

The Output Based Aid, whose objective is to provide improved access to electricity to poor households throughout the country, provides for subsidization of an output grant for household electricity connections.

Connection subsidies have been supported through various development partners including the Swedish Government, the Norwegian government and the World Bank through its OBA Programme.

Godfrey R. Turyahikayo

Executive Director