Idle power producers to lose licences. . . as Govt assures productive sectors

OVER 30 independent power producers (IPPs) with licences to generate up to 5 000MW, stare the prospect of losing the licences for continuously failing to resume operations, at a time the country is contending with acute electricity shortages. This comes as Energy and Power Development Minister Fortune Chasi last Friday assured productive sectors of the […]

Achieving self-sufficiency in Zim power generation

ZIMBABWE is entering its third week of electricity blackouts under the national load-shedding programme announced by the country’s power utility, Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa). The experience for various consumers seems like a déjà vu as rolling power cuts had been a daily norm from 2000 up until 2013 when prepaid meters were introduced. The […]

Business, homes urged to turn to renewable energy

INDUSTRIALISTS have called on the business sector and individuals to adopt renewable energy sources as a long-term solution to the country’s power shortages. Power utility, Zesa Holdings last week started a load-shedding regime that has seen businesses and households going for at least 10 hours without electricity after power generation at Kariba South Power Station […]

How corruption, poor planning left Zim in the dark

ZIMBABWE’S power utility, Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) says the rolling power cuts the country is facing have been caused by low water levels at Kariba. This is true, but it is only part of the story. The bigger story is how years of underinvestment and corruption have dragged Zimbabwe into darkness. First, here is […]

Silobela community embraces biogas energy

By Locadia Mavhudzi Zimbabwe’s quest to improve economic development and reach a middle income economy by 2030 can be catalysed by improving access to energy by rural communities. Biogas energy which is derived from human and animal waste can be a panacea to most energy challenges bedeviling most rural communities in Zimbabwe. A tour of […]

Zimbabwe should initiate dialogue on mainstreaming renewable energy

By Wallace Mawire Zimbabwe needs to start discussions on what happens to workers in the coal mining sector and   downstream activities when renewable energy becomes widespread and export markets for coal start to diminish. According to Tendayi Marowa, Vice-Chairman of the Business Council for Sustainable Development Zimbabwe (BCSDZ) technical committee on energy and climate change, […]

Solar energy to the rescue in cyclone-hit Chimanimani

By Pamenus Tuso Gas and solar energy have filled the electricity generation gap in the Cyclone Idai hit districts of Chimanimani and Chipinge in Zimbabwe’s Manicaland province. Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique were hit by the deadly tropical Cyclone which destroyed bridges, roads and electricity lines among other devastating infrastructural damages. According to the United Nations, […]

EDITORIAL COMMENT : Cyclone Idai: Wake-up call to climate change

For doubting Thomases, Tropical Cyclone Idai brings vital lessons that climate change is now with us. The deadly cyclone, whose effects were mainly felt in Manicaland, left death and destruction of property in its wake. The increase in cyclones and other extreme weather phenomena like droughts and floods, clearly indicate that climate change effects are […]

After floods drench eastern Zimbabwe, water shortages parch Harare

Climate change is bringing more weather extremes, and Zimbabwe this year is suffering from opposite crises at once: floods and drought As eastern Zimbabwe struggles with the aftermath of floods that have killed nearly 270 people and destroyed homes and roads, other parts of Zimbabwe are facing a very different crisis: too little water. Lake […]