This division provides management services and support services to the technical divisions of the Department of Energy Affairs and to entities within the sector. The division helps members of staff focus resources on their core competencies and activities in providing energy services. The key services under it includes the following:

  • Conduct research on sectoral trends and developments, formulate institution strategies and identify opportunities for expansion.
  • Identify and structure mandates for the Department.
  • Build and enhance stakeholder relationships for the Department through external events and personal networking.
  • Build and enhance professional relationships for the Department of Energy Affairs and private sector institutions.
  • Identify and conduct risk assessments, formulating mitigation plans, succession planning and provide leadership in crisis management.

The Policy and Planning Division is at the core of planning and policy implementation for the Department of Energy Affairs. Among others, the division serves the following functions:

  • Formulation and review of the National Energy Policy, Strategies and Plans
  • Monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the National Energy Policy
  • Provision of energy planning services
  • Provision of information and communication technology services
  • Coordinating research and development activities in the energy sector

The Rural Electrification Division is one of the three divisions in the Department of Energy Affairs. The following are the core functions of the division:

  • To increase electrification access for people in peri-urban and rural areas as part of Government’s effort to reduce poverty, transform rural economies, improve productivity and improve the quality of social services as stipulated under the Rural Electrification Act of 2004
  • To plan and implement the Malawi Rural Electrification Programme (MAREP) that also involves identifying as well as consolidating centres submitted by respective district councils across the country for electrification.
  • To review the electricity reform strategy in areas that affect MAREP in order to make them relevant to the changing circumstances in collaboration with the Policy and Planning Division
  • To manage the Rural Electrification Act.

The Alternative Energy Division (AED) oversees the implementation of Alternative, Clean and Renewable Energy; and Energy Efficiency and Conservation technologies. The Division is mandated among others, to undertake the following activities:

  • Promote the use of energy sources, such as solar, wind, micro/mini hydropower, biomass briquettes, coal and gasses.
  • Undertake research work in the alternative, clean and renewable energy sources and in energy conservation in order to come up with efficient and affordable technologies for their widespread utilization including the use of coal in tobacco curing.
  • Conduct user demonstration and training on proper use of efficient and modern end-use devices for these  sources of energy.
  • Plan and implement development projects in the renewable energy sub-sector.
  • Coordinate renewable energy programmes implemented by both Government institutions and non-governmental organizations.
  • Coordinate the establishment of renewable energy training programmes with the academia.