A Green Energy Plan for Mozambique

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Cahora Bassa power lines bypass Zambezi villagers
Cahora Bassa power lines bypass Zambezi villagers
Lori Pottinger
Mozambique has among the lowest uses of electricity in the world. Yet virtually all of the electricity it does produce from Cahora Bassa Dam on the Zambezi is shipped to its wealthy neighbor, South Africa. As the government prepares to build another costly large dam on the Zambezi that will also power South Africa rather than homes and businesses in Mozambique, a new report lays out a saner plan for developing renewable energy sources across the nation that would share the energy wealth more equitably; diversify the national electricity grid to help the nation adapt to climate change (which is expected to significantly affect large hydro), and build a clean energy sector that would also spare the Zambezi.

"A Renewable Energy Plan for Mozambique" by Mark Hankins shows how the nation can develop a domestic electricity supply system based on market-ready, clean energy options that are low cost, rapidly implementable, and suited to the geographical distribution of local demand. It focuses on renewable energy, energy efficiency and distributed solutions that can complement the large-scale Cahora Bassa Dam already in place, and at the same time meet energy needs in the far-flung parts of the country that do not yet have access to electricity. 

More information: 

Download the full report.

Read the press release. 

Read an excerpt from World Rivers Review

Read our blog on the report

Map showing "The Clean 15" decentralized energy projects for Mozambique (click on map for larger view).