Functions of REA
In an economy like ours, transforming the Energy sector involves the moving of our population from the use of traditional energy sources (e.g firewood and other basic forms of biomass) to the adoption of modern energy services (e.g electricity, petroleum fuels, bio-fuels and improved stoves)
This transformation is not easy as it involves a careful determination of which energy service or technology is appropriate for a given community, for what purpose and if it can be afforded.
In the case of REA, the transformation is supposed to come in the form of providing electricity to rural communities. In order to help in this endevour, REA developed a Rural Electrification Master Plan to guide in how projects are designed and sequenced to provide appropriate energy services. This Master Plan prioritises projects on the basis of their value in financing the economy (economic growth centres), social well being, education, health, water supply and support to local administration (administration headquarters)
As the Secretariat of the Rural Electrification Board, REA is charged with the following key responsibilities:
"Undertake basic planning and preparation of projects in line with the Indicative Rural Electrification Master Plan (IREMP) and as determined by the Rural Electrification Board as eligible for support
Implement Government's priority rural electrification projects for public funding as determined by the Board.