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Renewable Energy Tariff Calculation Toolbox for ECOWAS

Renewable Energy Tariff Calculation Toolbox for ECOWAS

State 

ongoing

Date 

4 November, 2016 to 31 August, 2017

Region 

West Africa

Summary

The interest for renewable energy (RE) technologies is growing in West Africa. However, the lack of clear RE policy instruments is still today a main barrier for the participation of private entrepreneurs. The negotiation of feed-in tariffs on a project basis and the lack of appropriate instruments and methodologies to design fair and transparent RE tariffs are major obstacles for RE development. 

In April 2014, EUEI PDF successfully completed the development of a tariff structure for the RE sector in Senegal. This benchmark project was followed by request by the ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) for a similiar support activity. The project was launched during the Sustainable Energy Week organized by ECOWAS in October 2016 and will last until May 2017. The aim is to develop a toolbox to support ministries, regulators and utilities within the ECOWAS region to apply appropriate approaches and methodologies in the design of RE tariffs. For that matter, the project should achieve the following milestones:

  • development of a toolbox with several standard tariff models (technology specific FiT, avoided costs based FiT, ceiling tariffs, etc.) that can easily be adapted to the specificities of each country;
  • adaptation and validation of the toolbox in at least two ECOWAS member states;
  • training of key personnel from ministries, regulatory agencies and utilities in the use of the toolkit.

 The project will be jointly implemented by the EUEI PDF and the partner countries. Three stakeholder workshops are planned to ensure the relevance and inclusiveness of the content produced. 

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Topics

  • Energy Access
  • Renewable Energy