PIESA Mambers
  • KPLC
  • LEC
  • SNEL
  • ZESA
  • AMEU
Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) Ltd is a public utility which was incorporated under the Companies Act of the Repubilc of Malawi in 1998 as a limited liability Company with its own articles of Association. It is owned almost wholly by the Government of Malawi (99%), while the remaining shares of 1% are held by Malawi Development Corporation (MDC). The company is undergoing major reforms to align it with the provisions of the Energy policy 2003 which calls for the liberalisation of the power supply industry. The total installed capacity on ESCOM's system is 291.25MW. 98% of this is hydro. Although the installed hydro capacity is 285.85 MW, about 21% is not available. The interconnected system has a total of 1945km of transmission Iines, of which 920km are at 66kV and 1024km at 132kV. The isolated system supplied from Wovwe Power station has 163km of 66kV Iines. The distribution system consists of overhead lines, underground cables and associated switchgear at 33,000V, 11,000V, 400V and 230V. The total number of customers (urban and rural) is some 121,000, and represents around 8% of households with access to electricity (population 11 million).
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Eskom generates approximately 95% of the electricity used in South Africa and approximately 45% of the electricity used in Africa. Eskom generates, transmits and distributes electricity to industrial, mining, commercial, agricultural and residential customers and redistributors. Additional power stations and major power lines are being built to meet rising electricity demand in South Africa. Eskom will continue to focus on improving and strengthening its core business of electricity generation, transmission, trading and distribution.
Eskom buys electricity from and sells electricity to the countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
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The Kenya Power and Lighting Company Limited (KPLC) is responsible for the transmission, distribution and retail of electricity throughout Kenya. (KPLC buys electricity in bulk from KenGen and various Independent Power Producers). KPLC owns and operates the national transmission and distribution grid, and is responsible for the scheduling and dispatch of electricity to more than 600,000 customers throughout Kenya. KPLC also develops, operates and maintains the distribution network, and ensures satisfactory delivery of service to its customers. The combined network of transmission and distribution lines stretches for more than 23,000 kilometres across the country. The national grid is operated as an integral network, linked by a 220 kV and 132 kV transmission network. A limited length of 66 kV transmission lines is also in use. Kenya has a well-developed industrial sector that consumes approximately 60% of electricity sold. By far the fastest growing consumer sub-sector is that of medium commercial and industrial customers. Over the past 5 years this sector has grown 17.5%. Rural electrification is also growing (at 8.5% since 1997). These connections are done under the auspices of the Kenyan government’s Rural Electrification Fund (REF), which KPLC manages on behalf of the government. Some 13% of the population (32 million) has access to electricity.
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Lesotho Electricity Company is the national electricity utility of the Kingdom of Lesotho. LEC is a statutory entity that was established by the Electricity Act number 7 of 1969. The 132kV double circuit LEC transmission system is connected to the 72 MW Muela Hydropower Plant in the north of the country and Eskom in the west. Muela and Eskom are the only major generation resources supplying bulk power into LEC network. LEC in turn transmits, distributes and supplies power to its customers within a modest national infrastructure. The main grid voltage levels are 132, 88, 66 and 33kV covering line lengths of one thousand and fifty kilometres linking thirty-eight substations countrywide. LEC has over 40,000 customers (38,911 Domestic/Residential; 4,907 General; 159 Industrial, and 2 ‘Other’). Household access to electricity is around 12% (population 2 million).
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The Société Nationale d’Electricité (SNEL) is the national power utility responsible for the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The total internal peak demand is projected to increase at an annual rate of around 1-2% and therefore SNEL has a significant capacity surplus which can be exported. Power from the national grid is available to consumers mainly in two regions: Kinshasa and the surrounds of Bas-Zaire in the west, and in Katanga Province in the south of the country. These two regions account for 95% of all electricity distributed in the DRC. It is estimated that around 6% of the DRC’s population have access to electricity.
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Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (TANESCO) is a parastatal organization under the Ministry of Energy and Minerals. The Company generates, transmits, distributes and sells electricity to Tanzania Mainland and sells bulk power to the Zanzibar Electricity Corporation (ZECO) which in turn sells it to the public in islands_ Unguja and Pemba. TANESCO owns most of the electricity generating, transmitting and distributing facilities in Tanzania Mainland, which has an estimated population of 40.2 million people by July 2008 (World Fact Book).
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To improve the relationship between the electricity utility and its customers.
To improve the quality of supply to customers.
To re-establish the financial viability of Uganda's electricity distribution business.
Shared Purpose
An electricity retail and distribution business providing exceptional customer service in a safe, reliable and cost effective manner, with a highly skilled and well motivated work force, generating sufficient profits to sustain and build the business, while providing value to the shareholders.
Core Values
Umeme's business, and the commitment of its people, are underpinned by a number of core values:
• Safety governs all our actions
• Integrity founded on honesty and ethical behaviour
• Hard work, dedication and achievement of results
• Customer satisfaction
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Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) is Zimbabwe's parastatal electricity utility. Due to its central location in the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP), it is an active member of the Pool with the most highly interconnected system within the SAPP including two 420 kV interconnectors to Mozambique and South Africa. Currently ZESA imports up to 45% of its power requirements. Its average load growth is about 5%. ZESA’s customer base is comprised of 455,438 Domestic, 45,531 General, 1,974 Industrial and 11,380 ‘Other’. The industrial sector is the largest consumer of electricity, followed by the domestic and commercial sectors. Due to economic constraints experienced in recent years, energy sales have shown a downward trend since 1999 when approximately 10, 8 GWh was sold. Some 23% of the population (14 million) is estimated to have household access to electricity. Rural electrification is the responsibility of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) which ZESA manages on behalf of the REA.
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ZESCO Ltd is the vertically integrated Zambian parastatal electricity utility formed in 1970. 60% of ZESCO’s peak demand is attributable to the mining operations on the Zambian Copperbelt. Through interconnections to SNEL in the Democratic Republic of Congo and ZESA in Zimbabwe, ZESCO plays a key role in the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) by exporting and wheeling power to the Southern African region. ZESCO owns 7325km of transmission lines and several thousand kilometers of distribution lines which are increasing rapidly due to the on going electrification drive. Some 19% of the population (10 million) has household access to electricity. The Zambian electricity market has some 300,000 customers. By far the largest customer sector is Mining which consumes about 40% of the energy generated in Zambia. The Domestic sector, which consumes about half as much as the mining sector, is the next largest customer segment, followed by the Industrial sector and Exports, both of whom constitute about 20% of Zambia’s market.
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The Association of Municipal Electricity Undertakings (AMEU) represents the electricity distribution undertakings of some 220 municipalities around South Africa. These organisations supply electricity to 60 % of the customers in South Africa. Through its publications, branch activities and annual conventions, the AMEU helps the industry to share knowledge on electricity matters, promotes common causes and quality of supply excellence. Municipalities are represented in the AMEU through nominated Municipal Councillors and Electrical Engineers.
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