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Development of an Electricity Strategy and Renewable Energy Law

Development of an Electricity Strategy and Renewable Energy Law

State 

completed

Date 

1 February, 2012 to 31 January, 2013

Country 

Gambia

Region 

West Africa

Summary

This type of activity was part of the RECP start-up phase and is now being offered under the Service Line SEADS.

The Gambian electricity sector is facing a number of serious challenges:  The country is almost totally reliant on imported fossil fuels for power generation, presenting a significant economic drain on the country’s finances.  At the same time access rates to electricity are very low, especially outside the Greater Banjul Area.  There is insufficient investment in the electricity sector and difficulty in securing funds required for system expansion to serve growing demand. 

The EUEI PDF received a request from the Ministry of Energy (MoE) in the Gambia to support the development of an Electricity Strategy and Action/Investment Plan focusing on the promotion of access to electricity and renewable energies and the strengthening of the legal and regulatory framework for renewable energies including a Renewable Energy Law. EUEI PDF undertook a scoping mission in August 2011, during which respective terms of reference were developed in cooperation with MoE.  The EUEI PDF supported these activities under the framework of the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP).

The objective of the project was to support the government of The Gambia in the development of an electricity strategy and the strengthening of the legal and regulatory framework for renewable energy. The Electricity Strategy and Renewable Energy Law aim to attract private sector investment in electricity generation from renewable energy sources.

 

The project began with stakeholder meetings and visits to the two largest isolated provincial systems in The Gambia, as well as gathering relevant information from earlier studies. In terms of tangible outputs, EUEI PDF was active in developing an electricity strategy including electricity scenarios and designing applicable feed-in tariffs and a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), as well as in drafting a Renewable Energy Law.

The Electricity Strategy and Renewable Energy Law, drafted with EUEI PDF support, include inter alia future scenarios for the development of the electricity sector and the establishment of the aforementioned instruments to attract private sector investment in electricity generation based on renewable energy. In December 2013 the Renewable Energy Bill, seeking to establish the legal, economic and institutional basis to promote the use of renewable energy in the Gambia was approved by lawmakers. It is based upon the outputs of this EUEI PDF project.

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