Country Programme: Sierra Leone
Informing and supporting local energy reforms
Sierra Leone faces a number of acute energy challenges. Only 13 per cent of the country’s population has a grid connection. Supply is based largely on hydropower, and is highly seasonal. Poor reliability constrains productive uses of electricity. Even in the wet season, supply is inadequate to meet the growing demand from mining and construction in Freetown. Exacerbating the issue, a reliance on emergency power, poor planning and non-cost-reflective tariffs have left the power sectors in a dire financial situation.
To address these issues, the government is implementing a series of significant reforms and investments.
EEG conducted scoping visits, engaging with energy stakeholders to define the research agenda for the country programme. Its Call for Applications resulted in a series of new research projects set to tackle the country's most pressing energy issues.