The main regulatory activities include, establishment of regulatory tools, advising the government on policies related to the energy sector, dispute and complaints handling, licensing, tariff setting, and monitoring of operations and infrastructure of the licensees to ensure sufficient, reliable, affordable and sustainable energy supply to all consumers.
The Government of Rwanda has set an ambitious target to reach universal access to electricity by 2024 and to meet the energy demand that is imperative for the country’s economic development through the provision of sufficient, reliable, affordable and sustainable energy.
During the period under review, the Electricity Supply Industry registered significant progress on accessibility, availability and reliability of power supply. The number of customers with access to electricity from the main grid electricity increased from 811,129 to 951,613 while the total grid installed power generation capacity increased by 8% to reach 225.5 MW at the end June 2019.
Furthermore, the total annual main grid electricity generation increased by 9.3% compared to the previous fiscal year to reach 854,183.87 MWh.
The share of renewable energy resources in the generation mix was 52.8% of the above total energy generated, which shows the Government commitment to promote sustainable energy that is crucial to achieving Sustainable Development Goals.
In the Petroleum Industry, the main objective of the Government of Rwanda is to ensure safe, sufficient, reliable, sustainable and affordable supply of petroleum products. This entails boosting investments in supply and storage infrastructure.
In that regard, the total fuel storage increased from 84 to 112 million liters, representing an increase of 33.1%. In the LPG market, the total storage capacity expanded by 26% from 383 to 482.7 Metric Tons (MT) while the total LPG imports increased by 46% compared to the previous year.
This significant increase in the LPG consumption is mainly due to Government incentives, awareness programs as well as a conducive regulatory framework that was put in place to promote the use of LPG and thus reducing the use of biomass for cooking.