Ethiopia's minister for water and electricity Seleshi Bekele

Filling up Reservoirs Still Ongoing

  • But they are not full enough to generate more power & stop the current electricity rationing

By Mhret G/Kristos

ADDIS ABABA – Government hopes to stop rationing electricity as per its schedule as rain continues to fill up the reservoirs of hydroelectric dams.

The country has a deficit of 400 to 1000 megawatts, affecting not only households and industries but also prompting the government to cut power export to Sudan and Djibouti since mid-May.

According to the official schedule, the state plans to stop rationing power in the first week of July. As it stands, the process of filling up the reservoirs of dams such as Gibe-III is going on as expected.

“The current rain is supporting us to sustain the reservoirs with water,” said Sileshi Bekele (Ph.D.), Minister Ministry of water irrigation and energy.

“The level of water is not able to generate electric power at the moment,” said Sileshi. “But when the level reaches to the point we want it to be, will stop rationing electricity”.

The ministry is using different sources to provide electric power to the public including wind and solar power, according to the minister.

The minister said this while briefing journalists regarding a week-long event under ‘Transformation of Water and Energy for Ethiopia’s new horizon of Hope’ on Friday.

The event – be held from 17 to June 22 at Skylight Hotel – aim to establish a platform for scholars, decision-makers, as well as various government organization working in the area.

They will gather to explore useful ideas for future works, officials said.

During the event, there will be a presentation on the current status of Renaissance Dam and other major projects, as well as the government’s 10-year plan in the energy and water sector.

“Participants will have an opportunity to discuss them,” said minister Sileshi.

There will also be sideline discussions on Ethiopia’s potential of Ethiopia in Wind, Solar and geothermal. The ministry also will export ideas and knowledge for the final draft of the water and energy policy.