Rwanda’s EWSA launches loss reduction study with Manitoba Hydro International


Kigali, Rwanda and Winnipeg, Canada — (METERING.COM) — July 27, 2012 – Rwanda’s Energy, Water and Sanitation Authority (EWSA) has launched a study on the country’s technical and non-technical losses with the aim to develop a strategic loss reduction plan.

Manitoba Hydro International has been selected to provide the consultancy services. MHI will thoroughly analyze and assess the power generation, transmission, and distribution systems all over the country in respect to attaining the full picture. After completion of the analysis, MHI will attempt to identify the source of the losses and then make recommendations to mitigate against both short term and long term losses using realistic loss reduction targets.

Rwanda’s electricity sector is rapidly expanding, with plans to develop more than 1,000 MW of new generation capacity and 2,100 km of new transmission lines, as well as connect a total of 1.7 million customers to the grid by 2017.

Among other recent activities the EWSA has introduced a time-of-use tariff for industrial customers, effective from May 1, with the aim to encourage greater competitiveness by reducing their energy costs. There are three time brackets with the 17h00-23h00 slot having a 33% premium and the 23h00-07h00 a 24% reduction on the daytime tariff.