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Improvement of the Policy and Regulatory Framework for Clean Energy Mini-grids

Improvement of the Policy and Regulatory Framework for Clean Energy Mini-grids

State 

completed

Date 

15 March, 2017 to 15 March, 2018

Region 

West Africa

Summary

The interest for clean energy mini-grids (CEMG) based on the use of locally available renewable energy sources – solar, wind, hydro or bioenergy – is growing in West Africa with already at least 268 systems operational. ECOWAS member state governments see CEMG deployment as a way to improve the power sector and expand electricity access as shown in the SEforALL Action Agendas and National Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAP). Furthermore, it is widely recognised that CEMG have environmental benefits by eliminating transport costs and avoiding carbon emissions that are damaging to health and to the environment.

However, the CEMG sector in West Africa has not grown at the rate expected or required by the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All objectives or by Sustainable Development Goal #7 on access to modern energy. The lack of clear policy and regulatory instruments is, still today, a main barrier for the large-scale deployment of this solution, required to achieve the ambitious targets set in the ECOWAS Regional Renewable Energy Policy (EREP) of 60,000 units by 2020. Allegedly, the reluctance of financiers is often due to the lack of public policies and regulations required to enable private sector investment.

In line with the request received by the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), the EUEI PDF provided support to ECOWAS member states through capacity building and technical assistance activities with the objective of improving the policy and regulatory framework for scaling-up mini grids in the West Africa region.

The project was structured in two phases:

In its second phase, the project implemented the tools developed at ECOWAS level in Guinea and Liberia.

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