THE Consumer Unity Trust Society (CUTS) Zambia has proposed that Government should introduce a communication Policy that speaks on renewable energy technologies to realize the potential of renewable energy sources in rural areas.
CUTS has indicated that education on renewable energy technologies must be embedded into the national education system.
This came to light when CUTS appeared before the Parliamentary Committee on Energy, Water Development and Tourism to make a submission on the Auditor General’s Report on the Promotion of Renewable Energy Sources in Rural Areas in Zambia.
“For the recommendations in the document to be adopted, it is important that documents like this are widely disseminated and the content streamlined to our national development documents such as the 8th National Development Plan (currently being developed) and our Economic Recovery Programme,” CUTS submission reads in part.
The Consumer Unity further notes, “This calls for a communication Policy that educates on renewable energy technologies and sensitization. This education must be embedded into our national education system”.
Additionally, CUTS has recommended that there is need to revise the mandate of the Rural Electrification Authority (REA) to include spearheading the uptake of renewable energy in addition to implementing rural electrification projects.
The organization for policy research, advocacy and networking also recommended that there is need to reform the tender process under the Ministry of Energy to increase transparency and efficiency in the awarding of contracts.