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An Institutional Assessment of the Impact of Lesotho Highlands Water Project and Hydropower Development

By

Lucy Khalema Redeby and Thakane Makume


Executive Summary

An Institutional Assessment of the Impact of Lesotho Highlands Water Project and Hydropower Development B Draft

The draft research report on An Institutional Assessment of the Impact of Lesotho Highlands Water Project and Hydropower Development is a result of the work spanning for three months, beginning this millennium, under Special Studies.

The objective of the study is to systematically assess the effectiveness of the institutions in the energy sector, in the event of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project and hydropower development and to also check the impact this huge water project has caused.

The draft report covers seven chapters: Chapter One introduction; Chapter Two methodology; Chapter Three Lesotho Highlands Development Authority - a brief; Chapter Four Analysis of the impact of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project on LEC and other institutions; Chapter Five reviews literature Decentralised and centralised energy policies and options; Chapter Six Conclusions and Recommendations and Chapter Seven Sources of data and information.

With the event of LHWP there were some changes regarding earlier institutional arrangements. In November 1993, LHDA and LEC entered into a Power Agreement over >Muela hydropower project. The resultant is that the LHDA is responsible for hydropower generation. In this case, the LEC only takes care of distribution. This mandate bestowed upon LHDA directly overlaps with LECís mandate, in regards to generation.

The LHDA embarked on a reorganisation process beginning 1997 with the objective to give it more focus. This process led to 150 vacant positions, 53 percent of those positions have been filled with a mixture of experienced people, those from within and from other organisations such as LEC, WASA, government and from abroad.

Government of Lesotho, through the Department of Energy is promoting decentralised energy options. Government intends to install solar heaters on its buildings, (12 percent and 15 percent in urban and rural households respectively).


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