Ethiopia has registered fast and sustainable economic growth over the past two decades. Behind this achievement, the power industry printout a commendable share towards feeding adequate electricity across the country.
The Ethiopian Electric Power has the authority of constructing and administration of power generation plants, high voltage transmission lines, substations, whole sale of electricity, conduct feasibility study, design and survey which was given by the council of ministers with proclamation number 302/2006 as of 2006 E.C.
Regarding power generation plants, currently, Ethiopian Electric Power administers 18 power plants there by generating a total of 4244 mega watt electricity nationwide.
Among the 18 power plants, 14 are from hydro namely Aba Samuel (6.6MW the first hydro power plant in Ethiopia), Gilgel Gibe III (1870MW), Beles (460MW), Gilgel Gibe II (420MW),Tekeze (300MW),Gilgel Gibe I(184MW), Melka wakena (153MW), Fincha (134MW), Amerti Neshi (95MW),Tis Abay II (73MW), Koka (43.2MW), Awash II (32MW), Awash III (32MW), and Tis Abay I (14.4MW) with a total installed capacity of 3814MW electricity.
Adama II (153MW), Ashegoda (120MW) and Adama I (51MW) are the wind power plants that has been generated electricity in Ethiopia which amounted 324MW on aggregate.
The remaining 104MW electricity is being generated from diesel generator and Aluto Geothermal plant (7.3MW).
List of power plants
|No||Name of the power plant||Installed capacity in mega watt||Number of units||Type of dam||Location|
Hydro power plants
|1||Gilgel Gibe III||1870||10||Concrete gravity dam||South nation, nationality and peoples state|
|2||Beles||460||4||Natural dam (lake Tana)||State of Amhara|
|3||Gilgel Gibe II||420||4||Diversion dam||South nation, nationality and peoples state|
|4||Takeze||300||4||Concrete gravity dam||State of Tigrai|
|5||Gilgel Gibe I||184||3||Concrete gravity dam||State of Oromia|
|6||Melka Wakena||153||4||Concrete gravity dam||State of Oromia|
|7||Fincha||134||4||Gravel dam||State of Oromia|
|8||Amerti Neshi||95||2||Concrete gravity dam||State of Oromia|
|9||Tis Abay II||73||2||Natural dam (lake Tana)||State of Amhara|
|10||Awash II||32||2||Concrete gravity dam||State of Oromia|
|11||Awash III||32||2||Concrete gravity dam||State of Oromia|
|12||Koka||43||3||Concrete gravity dam||State of Oromia|
|13||Tis Abay I||11.4||3||Natural dam (lake Tana)||State of Amhara|
|14||Aba Samuel||6.6||4||Concrete gravity dam||State of Oromia|
Wind farm power plants
|15||Adama II||153||Wind turbine||State of Oromia|
|16||Ashegoda||120||Wind turbine||State of Tigrai|
|17||Adama I||51||Wind turbine||State of Oromia|
Geo-thermal power plants
|18||Aluto geothermal||7.3||State of Oromia|
|Total energy including diesel||4244|