Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development Christopher Yaluma has disclosed that government is considering gradually phasing out the importation and use of incandescent bulbs in order to move the country towards energy efficiency.
Mr. Yaluma said this is the reason why ZESCO Limited is distributing compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) which are regarded to be cheaper and serve energy efficiently.
The Minister said this in a speech read on his behalf by Energy Regulation Board Chairperson Geoffrey Mwape during the launch of Energy week exhibition at East Park in Lusaka today.
Mr. Yaluma said this programme has realized energy savings of about 94 Mega Watts (MW) from the distribution of over 1.6 million CFLs procured at the cost of about US$4 million.
He noted that 94 MW of energy saved from this programme alone is equivalent to a virtual power station which would otherwise cost government over US$300 million.
Mr. Yaluma said government spends a lot of money on investing in developing and rehabilitating the energy generation infrastructure to meet the growing demand.
He has since called on citizens to play a part in complementing government efforts in delivering better services for them through increased provision of energy services as consequences of saving energy at both individual and national level.
Mr Yaluma noted that government is also promoting the use of liquefied petroleum gas as an alternative to firewood and charcoal in order to contribute towards reducing deforestation and environmental degradation.
And European Union head of delegation Gilles Hervio said his organisation will continue supporting Zambia in the energy sector and other sectors of the economy.
Mr. Hervio said Zambia has potential to increase its power generating capacity to meet the demands and export to the neighbouring countries.