Gas usage up 182pc
ZIMBABWE has experienced a significant rise in consumption of liquefied petroleum gas in the past three years as households opt for cheaper alternative heating energy.
LPG usage rose by 182 percent in 2012 from 6,6 million kilogrammes to 18,6 million kilogrammes in the nine months to September this year, data from Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority shows.
Most households are now using gas for cooking and heating as an alternative to electricity and wood.
“The uptake of LPG has been on the increase due to consumers’ awareness of the need to conserve power which has been in short supply in 2014/2015,” said Zera in a statement.
“Consumers have also realised the benefits of using LPG as an alternative source of energy as part of managing their energy bills.”
LPG is a cleaner form of energy mainly for heating and cooking compared to kerosene and wood fuel. The use of LPG contributes to a reduction in the use of wood fuel and lessens pressures on the national electricity grid.
Zera has been rolling out awareness campaigns on the safe use of LPG at both retail and household level and this has also helped to increase the uptake of the product.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe is working on an energy procurement framework which will make it mandatory for competitive bidding for Independent Power Producers’ procurement.
The procurement mechanism is expected to be provided for in the IPP policy currently under discussion.
Lack of laid down procurement of IPPs into the energy mix has in the past raised eyebrows with allegations of unfair business
Engineer Gloria Magombo