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Access to energy unleashes communities’ potential

Access to energy stimulates innovation, transformation and creativity among communities whilst closing the digital gap. Energy services such as lighting, cooking and heating, are essential for rural socio-economic development.

The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) extends its hearty congratulations to the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) for successfully launching the single wire earth return (SWER) project.

  

“This is a welcome development by REA as SWER is a technology which is low cost, safe and reliable”, said ZERA’s Chief Executive Officer Engineer Gloria Magombo.

 “Access to electricity enables children, the youth and communities to realise their full potential as active members of vibrant economic sub-groups. In rural communities, women and girls bear the energy needs burden; for example they spend a lot of time looking for firewood among other domestic chores. This compromises the amount of time available for the girl child to study, effectively lowering her chances of acquiring further education.” added Magombo.

 Accelerating rural electrification

The country’s economic blue print, the Zimbabwe Agenda for Structural Socio Economic Transformation (ZIM ASSET), identifies energy as a key enabler under infrastructure and utilities as well as under the value addition and beneficiation clusters.

“ZERA expects REA to accelerate its rural  electrification programs across the country given the short time it takes to connect consumers using the SWR technology”, said Magombo.

The energy regulator is pleased with the SWER initiative as it resonates with its mission to ensure the country has access to energy supply which is reliable, adequate and sustainable, whilst the prices charged are fair, the environment is protected and is supplied safely through effective regulation.

 Statutory obligation to support access to energy

ZERA is mandated to ensure maximization of access to energy by all consumers that is affordable and environmentally sustainable.

ZERA has a statutory obligation to hand over any excess funds from the electricity sector every year to REA in recognition of the importance of access to energy in the rural communities. REA’s SWER project is expected to close the gap that exists between urban areas and rural communities as the connection program gathers momentum.

Energy Efficiency

The SWER project is coming at a time when the energy regulator is urging consumers to use energy efficiently as a measure to alleviate the country’s power deficit.  

Using energy efficiently in industries, institutions, commerce and households will reduce load shedding as up to 300MW power savings can be realised.

 “Embracing energy efficiency is the first level of saving energy in the country” noted Eng. Magombo.

 “Not only will consumers save money but they will release extra power which will go to productive sectors and other parts of the country with such technology as the SWR” she said.

Simple actions such as switching off lights in all unoccupied rooms, switching off the geyser or installing a geyser timer switch and changing light bulbs to light emitting diode (LED) bulbs will make a significant impact on energy savings.

Zimbabwe’s electrification level stands at 37% but with such initiatives as the SWR and an increased uptake of renewable energy technologies, the level is set to increase. 

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*January 2017.
*February 2017.
*March 2017.
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*June 2017.
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*January 2017.
*February 2017.
*March 2017.
*April 2017.
*May 2017.
*June 2017.
*July 2017.

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Petroleum Prices Updates

In accordance with section 54 of the Petroleum Act (Chapter 13:22), Statutory Instrument 80 of 2014 and its subsequent amendments, the following tables depict the prices that obtained during the months of:

*January 2017.
*February 2017.
*March 2017.
*April 2017.
*May 2017.
*June 2017.
*July 2017.

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Petroleum Prices Updates

In accordance with section 54 of the Petroleum Act (Chapter 13:22), Statutory Instrument 80 of 2014 and its subsequent amendments, the following tables depict the prices that obtained during the months of:

*January 2017.
*February 2017.
*March 2017.
*April 2017.
*May 2017.
*June 2017.
*July 2017.

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Petroleum Prices Updates

In accordance with section 54 of the Petroleum Act (Chapter 13:22), Statutory Instrument 80 of 2014 and its subsequent amendments, the following tables depict the prices that obtained during the months of:

*January 2017.
*February 2017.
*March 2017.
*April 2017.
*May 2017.
*June 2017.
*July 2017.

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Petroleum Prices Updates

In accordance with section 54 of the Petroleum Act (Chapter 13:22), Statutory Instrument 80 of 2014 and its subsequent amendments, the following tables depict the prices that obtained during the months of:

*January 2017.
*February 2017.
*March 2017.
*April 2017.
*May 2017.
*June 2017.
*July 2017.

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Petroleum Prices Updates

In accordance with section 54 of the Petroleum Act (Chapter 13:22), Statutory Instrument 80 of 2014 and its subsequent amendments, the following tables depict the prices that obtained during the months of:

*January 2017.
*February 2017.
*March 2017.
*April 2017.
*May 2017.
*June 2017.
*July 2017.

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Petroleum Prices Updates

In accordance with section 54 of the Petroleum Act (Chapter 13:22), Statutory Instrument 80 of 2014 and its subsequent amendments, the following tables depict the prices that obtained during the months of:

*January 2017.
*February 2017.
*March 2017.
*April 2017.
*May 2017.
*June 2017.
*July 2017.

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Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in useā€”TVs and DVDs in standby mode still use several watts of power
Drive sensibly; aggressive driving such as speeding, and rapid acceleration and braking, wastes fuel
Look for the ENERGY STARĀ® label on light bulbs, home appliances, electronics, and other products. ENERGY STAR products meet strict efficiency guidelines.
Turn things off when you are not in the room such as lights, TVs, entertainment systems, and your computer and monitor.
Regularly defrost manual-defrost freezers and refrigerators; frost buildup decreases the energy efficiency of the unit. Donā€™t allow frost to build up more than one- quarter of an inch
Match the size of the pan/pot to the size of the heating element (plate)
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