CAIRO: To tackle the electricity shortage crisis and avoid frequent power cuts, the Ministry of Local Development decided Monday to establish energy rationing unit in all governorates in the upcoming period, Minister Adel Labib said, according to Mubasher.
Besides setting the rationing units, the ministry will coordinate with governorates to establish solar plants on all governmental buildings’ roofs, replace non-effective devices with more sophisticated ones, and spread community awareness of rationing strategy and use of energy-saving bulbs, Labib said.
“The new strategy will be executed in cooperation with the Ministry of Electricity and the Energy Efficiency Projects’ officials,” he said.
The Ministry of Local Development seeks to launch the strategy to overcome the current electricity crisis, divert energy generation resources, and promote renewable energy participation of generated electricity.
The government will address the renewable energy sources for the next few years to participate with 30-40 percent of total generated quantities, he said, expecting it would save huge quantities of oil and cut more than 15 percent of oil subsidy annually.
Solar energy will be the core solution to overcome the energy crisis and reimburse the current shortage in energy, head of the Egyptian Electric Utility and Consumer Protection Regulatory Agency Hafez Salmawy told The Cairo Post in June. It would lessen dependency on other energy sources and provide Egypt’s required quantity of gas.
Salmawy called on the necessity of exploiting natural sources of sun, water, and wind powers. Egypt has one of the strongest access to solar power in the world, along with other wind and water powers.
Over the past few months, Egypt suffered harsh shortages in generated electricity and frequent power cuts throughout the country, Youm7 reported February.
The return of the power cut crisis across Egypt caused uproar among citizens, especially with the government’s inability to solve the problems due to the lack oil supply, overload, consumption, and the lack of electricity plants capacity.
“The available capacity of the 52 electricity stations in Egypt amounted to 27,000 megawatts,” Salmawy previously told The Cairo Post in April. “But the total consumption of citizens even during ration hours are at 28,000 to 28,500 megawatts.”