Challenges faced by the Rwanda energy sector

The challenges faced by the energy sector

 The challenges faced by the energy sector include the following:

  • Biomass energy source remains dominant for cooking and other household uses .The supply side has to be  more productively managed and charcoal more efficiently produced and used.  
  • The country requires funding for the development of the energy sector. There are unfavorable conditions attached to the loans and grants from suppliers of funding
  • There is an urgent need of developing adequate  local expertise to management the energy sector
  • The high costs of transports of imported oil products for the production of power. The transports are higher than in the neighboring countries.
  • The challenge of ensuring efficient and safe use of oil products especially in the transport sector.
  • There is insufficient standardization and quality control of petroleum products and inadequate enforcement and uncoordinated safety measures.
  • There is need for awareness by both consumers and producers of the renewable energy alternatives and technology availability.
  • There is low consumption of commercial energy  as people still rely on wood fuel
  • Low generation capacity to meet the increasing demand and low access to electricity
  • Lack of sufficient institutional, legal & regulatory  framework and human capacity
  • Ineffective modalities for implementation and management of shared generation resources in case Rwanda was to partner with other neighbouring countries.

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