What Happened: Ethiopia will reduce the projected capacity of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) by roughly 1,300 megawatts, the Addis Fortune reported Oct. 12.
Why It Matters: The GERD project has long been controversial after causing tensions with Egypt and due to its skyrocketing cost. Addis Ababa's decision to downgrade capacity may be an attempt to rationalize the project and accelerate its timeline, although the move will have little effect on Ethiopia's regional spat with Egypt over the dam.
Background: GERD is a multi-billion dollar hydroelectric dam project designed to reduce the costs of electricity in Ethiopia and the region. Despite disagreements with Egypt over the project, other countries, such as Sudan, have hailed the project as a way to receive greater access to more affordable electricity supplies.
- Egypt's Options to Counter Ethiopia's Grand Dam Run Dry (June 6, 2018)
- Egypt, Ethiopia: Presidents Talk Fence Mending And Dam Building (Jan. 18, 2018)
- Ethiopia's Controversial Dam Project (June 11, 2013)