Energy Transition Should Be Facilitated Not Forced – Ugandan Energy Minister
Ruth Nankabirwa, Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, stated at a joint ministerial roundtable at COP27 that the energy transition process in Africa should be facilitated rather than forced.
In response to global players’ calls for Africa to be a key player in the energy transition, she emphasised the importance of financing the adoption of renewable energy.
She explained, “Countries that have discovered oil are excited to develop it, they expect to get money to invest in the clean energy. It requires heavy investment. Renewable energy is not cheap, if you are to do solar panels and store it. So that you can use it at night, the tariff is so high.”
She stated that Uganda intends to use its own natural resources from the country’s oil reserves, and that the proceeds from oil will be used for infrastructure development, such as the construction of transmission lines and substations.
Environmental activists have made calls to pressure various stakeholders, such as Total E&P, to withdraw from Uganda’s oil exploration process. She warned that if anyone withdraws, the government will not be stuck.
She stated, “We won’t get stranded now that we have started. We will look for money from countries that understand and appreciate the challenges of Africa.”
Source: Energy Ghana