The Rationale for the Establishment of the Association
The majority of the population in Uganda does not have access to electricity. Nearly 95% of the people rely on traditional biomass to satisfy their energy needs. This has detrimental consequences on the population in terms of health, education, well-being and development. Attempts to improve the availability of modern energy services in the country have been impeded by the slow expansion of the national electrical grid due to insufficient supply of electricity partly attributed to low levels of water in Lake Victoria, for the generation of hydro-power. Moreover, government interest in promoting the use of alternative sources of energy has not been backed by sufficient policies and so far efforts by different stakeholders from the private sector have been uncoordinated and inconsistent.
- The Association has shares Limited by Guarantee. Accordingly, there shall be no declaration of and sharing of profits by its members. Provided that nothing herein contained shall prevent the payment in good faith of Remuneration to any servant or member of the Association in return for any services actually rendered to the Association.
- The liability of the members is limited by guarantee.
- If upon the winding up or dissolution of the Association. There shall, after the satisfaction of all its debts and liabilities, remain any property whatsoever, the same shall not be paid to or distributed among its members, but shall be given or transferred to some other institutions or organizations having objectives similar to the objects of the Association. and which shall prohibit the distribution of its income and property amongst its members to an extent at least as great as is imposed on the Association under or by virtue of these objects, such institution to be determined by the members of the Association at or before dissolution and if any so far as effect cannot be given to the aforesaid provisions, then to some other charitable organizations with similar objectives.
- Every member of the Association undertakes to contribute to the assets of the Association. in the event of its being wound up while he/she or is/it’s a member or within one year after he/she/it ceased to be a member, for the payment of the debts of the Association. contracted before he ceases to be a member and the costs and contracted expenses of winding up and for the adjustments of the rights of the contributories amongst themselves such amount as may be required not exceeding UShs100,000/= (Uganda Shillings one hundred thousand Only) or equivalent to USD 40 only.
Accomplishments To Date
HPAUL has registered a number of achievements that include the following, among others:
Establishment of a historical membership of 20 hydro power companies initially to champion hydro power development in the hydropower sub-sector. .Attainment of visibility before government and the development partners of HPAUL’s cause and future aspirations.
Getting the financial support from development partners to hire a consultant to develop this strategic plan, institutional operating policies and procedures and operationalising the Secretariat.