The government has revealed that plans are underway to make cooking gas affordable as a way of protecting the environment.
While launching the Energy and Minerals Week 2020 in Kampala on Tuesday, Eng. Simon D’Ujanga, the State minister for Energy and Mineral Development, said the increasing deforestation due to need for charcoal is a danger to the environment and the government is working to promote use of gas for cooking,
“In view of mitigating against accelerated deforestation, the use of alternative, clean and modern cooking solutions such as electric pressure cooking and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) is being promoted at household level,” he said.
Eng D’Ujanga added that electric power will soon become cheaper when the 600mmw Karuma Dam is inaugurated next year.
The minister explained that when Karuma Dam is commissioned, power tariffs will reduce by 17%.
The Energy and Minerals Week seeks to create awareness on the sustainable use of energy and minerals in Uganda.
The minister explained that electricity has been extended to all district headquarters while the electrification of sub-county, division, and town council headquarters and works is ongoing in 25 districts covering 570 sub county headquarters.
He said the target is to make sure that every household has access to electricity by 2030 using connections on the national grid, solar home systems and small isolated mini-grids to reach all Ugandans.
He explained that for on-grid connections, the Electricity Connections Policy facilitates free connections to electricity consumers within a 90-meter radius of an existing low-voltage pole.
He said before the policy, obtaining a connection attracted a minimum cost of up to sh600,000 but now the only cost to customers is an inspection fee of sh20,000.