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Electricity Rationing to Officially End, But Limits Remain

Ethiopia: Electricity Rationing to Officially End, But Limits Remain

Ethiopia: Electricity Rationing to Officially End, But Limits Remain

What Happened: Ethiopia’s electric power company has announced that it will end its electricity rationing on July 8, the Addis Standard reported, but the company added that the country’s industry would still face limits in the form of being required to operate at half of its capacity during the day.

Why It Matters: The country’s forced electricity rationing has damaged Ethiopia’s economy and the announcement suggests that problems in electricity generation are likely to continue. Water shortages have underscored weaknesses in Ethiopia’s energy policy, which has been emphasizing the importance of water-generated electricity to meet its enormous energy demands.

Background: Ethiopian authorities have been forced to implement electricity rationing for most economic sectors since May, excluding hospitals and some export-oriented industrial plants.

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