Boosting Energy Access in Uganda

ERA and GIZ have signed a memorandum of understanding to enhance the regulatory framework for improved energy access in Uganda
(c) GIZ

Uganda’s energy regulatory landscape is poised for advancement with the recent signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Ugandan Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) and GIZ to bolster development of bankable regulatory frameworks that will scale efforts for improved energy access. A strong focus lies on attracting private investment in clean energy initiatives largely towards mini-grid development but will also entail regulatory frameworks for e-mobility as well as pricing policy. This partnership reflects a joint commitment to bridging energy access gaps in the country. 

The multi-donor European programme GET.transform, which is being implemented by GIZ, has collaborated with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD) and ERA in the recent years to strengthen and develop robust and best practice regulations, particularly in the off-grid sector in line with Uganda’s goal of achieving sustainable, affordable, and modern energy for all by 2030. Among GET.transform’s contributions is the validation of new standards for isolated grid systems (mini-grids), ensuring improved quality and reliability crucial for extending electricity access to remote communities.  

The collaborative efforts between MEMD, ERA, GIZ, and GET.transform represent a united push towards advancing energy access and sustainability in the country. GET.transform remains committed to continuously supporting Uganda’s energy objectives by fostering partnerships and initiatives that promote an enhanced regulatory environment. Through innovative solutions and sustained support, stakeholders are working together to realise a future where reliable electricity is accessible to all, fostering socio-economic progress and prosperity across the nation.

ERA CEO and GIZ Uganda Director at MoU signing
ERA CEO Eng. Ziria Waako and GIZ Uganda Director James Forbes Macbeth at the MoU signing (c) GIZ