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Malawi Energy Sector & Policy News

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Comment: "What we need now is solution to blackouts"

It is pleasing to learn that leader of opposition and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera appreciates the suffering Malawians are going through in view of the prolonged power outages. 

In his public address yesterday, Chakwera acknowledged the state of hopelessness Malawians are embroiled in as there seems to be no end to the blackouts and other economic problems plaguing the country. 

"Chakwera goes to town on blackouts"

Leader of opposition in Parliament Lazarus Chakwera has dared President Peter Mutharika to demonstrate seriousness to resolve the energy crisis facing the country by fast-tracking interim solutions to extended power outages.

Chakwera, who is also opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president, also asked the President to punish officers involved in the botched multi-million dollar standby generators procurement deal at Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom).

"Environmental mismanagement strains power supply"

Environmental negligence in Lake Malawi’s tributaries remains one of the key factors affecting the hydroelectric power supply as water levels in the lake continue dwindling.

This is despite efforts by various stakeholders, including government, to address the environmental challenges the rivers are facing.

Over the years, the amount of power generated by Electricity Supply of Malawi (Escom) and now by the Electricity Generation Company Limited (Egenco) on the Shire River has continued falling due to low water levels in Lake Malawi.

"From bad to worse"

Power generation woes have moved from bad to worse with a loss of 20 megawatts (MW) within a week, a situation that has prompted a drastic load shedding programme that will see some areas having over 24 hours of no power.

Electricity Generation Company (Egenco), which sells its power to Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) for supply to consumers, yesterday described the downward spiral of power generation from 180MW to 160MW as “so alarming”.

"CSOs give Escom, Egenco until January to improve"

CIVIL Society Organisations yesterday gave Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) and Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) officials until January to address problems of power outages being experienced in the country.  The warning comes after the power utility firms revealed that, this month, power outages will go for over 25 hours, as generation capacity dwindles. [...]