Energy use in developing countries has risen more than fourfold over the past three decades and is expected to continue increasing rapidly in the future. This increase in energy use is necessary
and desirable, since energy services are essential for economic growth and improved living standards.
Electricity is one of the most important ingredients for social and economic development in Suriname.
The growth rate in Suriname is approximately 10% annually, and is higher than the demand forecast
in other countries in the region, which have typical values between 3% and 7%. There is a strong
relationship between economic growth and energy usage. Therefore electric utility’s duty is to
facilitate future growth by assuring a reliable and secured supply of electric power. In this context
there are interesting developments realized and forthcoming in the electricity sector in Suriname
induces by the rapid increase in demand for electrical power the coming years. In this first
contribution an overview of the main characteristics of the Energy Companies of Suriname (N.V.
E.B.S.) is given, followed by developments over the past 7 years in the electricity sector of Suriname,
and expansion potentials for the future. This technical article shares knowledge and experience for
practical and proven solutions in the electricity power sector of Suriname. Furthermore, as result of
the trend towards sustainability, reducing environmental pressure and other global concerns the
potential of alternative power sources will be touched. The use of energy efficient apparatus and
energy savings in T&D practices are highlighted. The business sectors are given opportunities to
explore the possibilities in the demand and supply business of the electric power industry in Suriname.