The co-located ‘Africa Energy Forum: Off the Grid’ and ‘Regional Energy Co-operation Summit’ meetings taking place in Addis Ababa from 27 – 29th March welcome the launch of the updated version of Ethiopia’s National Electrification Program (NEP 2.0), presented by the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. This is the first updated of the NEP, first launched at the end of 2017 with a programmatic framework for achieving universal access by 2025 with targets and timetables, roles and responsibilities of sector institutions, and a sector-wide approach for the coordination of activities and harmonization of sector planning for electrification.
In the NEP 2.0, the government provides an update on the progress achieved over the past year and provides a detailed framework for the integration of off-grid technologies with grid connectivity, leveraging on both public and private sector efforts for the achievement of 35 percent of off-grid access by 2025. Scale-up of off-grid technologies entail both off-grid solar and mini-grids, and the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy (MoWIE) with the Ethiopian Electric Utility (EEU) have already launched 12 mini-grid pilots across the country with potential for scale-up.
A training on “Business Planning for Renewable Energy Technology Suppliers” is being organized in Bishoftu from 12 -14 December 2018 for 18 Renewable Energy Supply companies, representatives from the Regional Energy Bureaus and representatives from Ministry of Water Irrigation and Energy and Environment, Forestry and Climate Change Commission. The training programme is jointly organized by the Ministry of Water Irrigation and Energy (MoWIE), the Development Bank of Ethiopia (DBE), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF).
The training will support renewable energy technology companies from various regions to develop their business plan so that they can expand their business effectively, access credit from financial institutions and attract investments. The energy companies will learn about the different aspects of business planning and develop their draft business plan that will be further refined with the support from the project.
The Council of Ministers approved a regulation that empowers the Ethiopian Energy Authority to regulate energy efficiency performance standards of equipment and appliances. Approved on December 15, 2018, the 40-page draft regulation took four years to finalize and was pushed back to the Authority for a revision six times before its final approval.
The Ethiopian Electric Utility, Ethiopian Electric Power, the Geological Survey of Ethiopia, and the ministries of Water, Irrigation & Energy, Finance and Mines and Petroleum & Natural Gases have all participated in the draft process. The East African Power Pool, established in 2005 and comprised of seven east African nations, also consulted on the draft.
This guide was developed by GOGLA with the support of the joint World Bank/IFC Lighting Global Program, the U.S. Government-led Power Africa initiative, Sustainable Energy for All; and the African Development Bank (AfDB). It reflects these organizations' shared views with regards to key policy and regulatory issues in the standalone, oﬀ-grid solar sector. Technical advice was received from ESMAP and DFID.
The guide details the Role of Standalone Off-Grid Solar in Achieving Universal Energy Access,the Off-Grid Lighting and Electrification Sector, and the Enabling Environment for Off-Grid Solar.
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