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His excellency Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ethiopian, announced in his facebook feed that he is pleased to preside over the signing ceremony of an MOU between the Federal Government and the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC-Masdar.

He said that the MOU enables Ethiopia to jointly develop 500MW PV projects in Ethiopia. With #Ethiopia’s vast experience in energy generation and distribution, Masdar’s investments are a demonstration of enhancing public-private partnerships in the country.

 

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 You may read  Masdar commits to support Ethiopia’s solar energy plans as well

 

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Developed in collaboration with University College of London, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Addis Ababa Institute of Technology and FDRE Policy Study Institute. 

Date: Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Time: 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM UK TIME (02:30 PM - 03:30 PM EAST AFRICAN TIME)

The First Policy Brief Webinar on Ethiopian Energy Pathways will be held on 30th March, 2021 between 12:30 and13:30 hours(UK time) and we would like to invite you to participate. The goal of the Energy system development pathways for Ethiopia (PATHWAYS) project is to steer Ethiopia’s transition to modern, clean energy. Specifically, we incorporate behavioural analysis into energy system modelling – putting stakeholders at its heart to achieve an unprecedented degree of inclusivity. The project quantifies the energy, economic and environmental impacts of the many possible developmental pathways for Ethiopia.


The Open Source Energy Modelling tools OSeMOSYS1 and ONSSET2have been used to model the electricity supply system of Ethiopia,,asa long- term open-sourceenergy system modelsand a number of scenarios examined to provide an overview of possible energy system pathways focusing on power generation mix (grid, mini-grid, stand-alone), investments, emissions, etc.. The tools are widely used by academics in research and national governments for their policy planning. They are also regularly used in capacity building activities by UNDP, UNDESA, WBG, EC projects - as their transparency allows for rigorous review. By attending our Virtual Exchange, you will be able to share your ideas on the current Ethiopian electrical power system and explore pathways to the future energy mix considering different scenarios.We appreciate if you could also forward this email to your colleagues who can contribute to the discussion.If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

 

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Meeting ID: 957 0655 3024, Passcode: 035430

 

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The Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy (MoWIE) has announced that it is revising the National Energy Policy and Strategy to ensure access to energy for all. The revised National Energy Strategy takes into account the growing energy needs of the country, recent urban developments & the growing Ethiopian population among others.
 
The Ministry has consulted with & continues to consult with relevant stakeholders on the revised National Energy Policy and Implementation Strategy prepared by the Ministry.The previous energy policy was formulated 27 years ago. Therefore there is need to revise the policy & keep it current in that it should reflect the countrywide changes as well as worldwide changes within the sector.  
 
The Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Dr. Eng Seleshi Bekele, stated the importance of this policy revision as it is necessary to meet the growing developmental needs of the country.
 
He said the draft policy which is being discussed today has put into consideration the following:
 
  • The country’s 10 year strategic plan,
  • The Green Economy plan, 
  • The on-going home grown economic reform agenda,
  • The African Union Agenda 2063 &
  • the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
 
Dr Eng Seleshi also noted that 87% of the country’s energy supply is still via biomass sources especially so in rural areas. He additionally talked about the need for this policy reform as it would allow for export substitution from fuel imports that are both costly government expenditures & take a large percentage of the country’s foreign exchange reserves.
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The Ethiopian government is considering a significant structural reform by unbundling Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP), which may see a two-way split where one would oversee power generation and the other would deal with infrastructure and transmission development as well as institutional operations. The power generation wing would be tasked with building and operating power plants, whereas the latter would work on building and maintaining transmission lines.

The split was proposed through a power sector reform roadmap that was initiated last year with the support of the World Bank. The document, which was finalised six months ago, has four pillars that concern tariff revision, debt restructuring, achieving universal access, and performance improvement.

Consultations on the roadmap with the ministries of Water, Irrigation & Energy and Finance were held at the end of last month. It is expected to be tabled to the macroeconomic committee, which is chaired by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD), and the board of directors of EEP, Ethiopian Electic Utility (EEU) and the Ethiopian Energy Authority this coming week. The reform timeline calls for implementation in three to four years after a year of preparation.

A huge deficit in electric access, unreliable and poor quality service, and a weak regulatory framework are among the issues that triggered the reform, according to Frehiwot Woldehanna (PhD), state minister for Water, Irrigation & Energy in charge of energy sector.

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