Electricity connections of firms in Lusaka

Policy brief Firms, Cities and Energy

In brief:

  • There is very limited information available on energy access of Zambian firms and this may inhibit design of appropriate policies related to productive uses of energy.
  • A new census of businesses in Lusaka suggests that over 96.6% of businesses surveyed appeared to have electricity access.
  • Comparison with data on existing connections to the grid suggests that many firms may be accessing electricity through residential or shared connections.
  • More data and better understanding of energy access of Zambian firms is needed to inform the design of tariff structure, firrm electrication efforts, and general energy policies.