Uzbekistan’s Energy Ministry outlined its strategy for the provision of electricity in 2020-2030, promising a radical programme of reforms to meet increasing energy demand from a growing population and a fast-developing economy.

According to the ministry, the strategy is a high priority given by the government of Uzbekistan under the leadership of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

“Our new Concept Note outlines a comprehensive strategy to satisfy the increasing demand for electrical power in Uzbekistan,” Energy Minister Alisher Sultanov said on May 4. “It also means our power sector’s development will continue in line with international best practice. The strategy is ambitious in scope, but grounded in realism with, practical and achievable goals to reach by 2030,” he added.

The strategy outlines priority activities in the electricity sector, including modernisation and reconstruction of existing power plants, construction of new generating assets using energy efficient power production technologies, improvement of power metering systems, fuel diversification and development of renewable energy sources – especially solar energy, and legal reforms to improve tariff polices and provide for the transition to a wholesale market.

By 2030, the Strategy is scheduled to deliver an increase in installed and available generating capacity from 12.9 GW to 29.3 GW, and an increase in electricity production from 63.6 billion kWh to 120.8 kWh, a planned reduction in natural gas consumption from 16.5 billion cubic metres to 12.1 billion cubic metres and reductions in transmission losses to 2.35% and distribution losses to 6.5%.

“The development of renewable energy sources will contribute to affordable electricity supplies in regions with current shortages. Renewable energy will improve environmental conditions, increase efficiency and stimulate the development of local industries, infrastructure and job creation,” Uzbekistan’s Energy Ministry said, adding that by 2030, whilst the state will remain the owner of Hydro Power Plants, Nuclear Power Plant and some Thermal Power Plants – most of the country’s electricity generation plants will be concentrated in the private sector.

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