Malawi Energy Sector & Policy News

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It was an operational meeting-Escom

"Power utility Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) said it did not inite representatives of the Executive arm of government to its meeting with business on Monday because it was an operational meeting. Escom public relations manager Kitty Chingota clarified to The Nation that the state owned power utility, currently struggling to provide reliable and adquate electricity, organised the meeting to share interim interventions with industrial customers".

Venture into solar energy-Ricotech. Source: The Nation, Aug 14, 2017.

Managing director for Ricotech Faizal Okhai: "The power situation in the country is precarious and that motivated us to unveil the agreement to deal with the power problems that are affecting the country".

According to the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom):  "[...] with 95 percent reliance on hydro-electric power, Malawians will have to brace for electricity deficit in the next five years unless the country receives normal to above normal rains during the perios [...]".

Escom announces more blackouts. Source The Nation, July 13, 2017.

Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) head of optic fiber communications Chester Kabinda: "During this implementation period [of the Malawi National Fiber Backbone Project], only those areas that we are stringing the fiber will switch off maybe two or three times a week depending on the project phase. But at some point in time, each district will be affected".

Milk group losing 600 litres a day. The Daily Times, July 10, 2017.

The economy in Malawi is affected by a lack of reliable electricity.

In that case Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) failed to connect a warehouse of the Nsalu Milk Bulking Group in Lilongwe to the national grid. This warehouse has a loss of up to 600 litres of milk per day beacuse of that failure.


"Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) is inviting the general public and all relevant stakeholders to a sensitization workshop on a new regulatory framework for renewable energy and electrical installations. the workshop shall focus on the new requirements for issuance of electrical installation Permits to individual qualified applicants and qualified organizations".