New energy policy implementation delayed

The Malawi Government is yet to launch the National Energy Policy that was adopted in Parliament in August last year.

The policy which replaces the 2003 National Energy Policy among others, seeks to increase access to affordable and sustainable energy services in the country.

The prioritized areas in the new policy include electricity, bio-mass, petroleum fuels, bio-ethanol and other bio-fuels, liquefied petroleum gas, biogas and natural gas, coal, nuclear energy and demand side management.

The energy policy was expected to be launched in December 2018.

Spokesperson in the ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Sangwani Phiri told YFM that the policy is currently under scrutiny as it missed out some relevant areas which could help to promote the use of natural sources of energy.

Phiri said among others the ministry is looking into effective implementation measures on promoting the use of biomass and gas and other alternative energy sources.

Renowned energy expert in the country Grain Malunga has hailed the ministry for putting into consideration effective implementation measures of the policy.

Malunga said the development will go a long way in prioritizing other sources of energy and environment conservation.

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