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West Africa nations to phase out incandescent lamps

Government representatives from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have established a regionally coordinated framework to phase-out of inefficient incandescent lamps by 2020 at the latest. The nations together could save a total of 2.4 terawatt hours of electricity - equivalent to 6.7 percent of total annual energy consumption -  that would be enough to power over 1.2 million households.

Distance-learning programme on sustainable energy for West African experts of utilities, regulators and IPPs, Application deadline: 22 September 2013

The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in cooperation with the Columbia University's School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) in New York and the Engineering Department of the University of Cape Verde (UNICV) in Mindelo, Sao Vicente, are executing an innovative certified distance-learning programme for building capacities of West African experts in the fields of sustainable energy systems and solutions.

ECOWAS Council of Ministers adopts the ECOWAS Policies on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

The 70th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers on Friday, 21 June 2013 in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire considered and adopted the ECOWAS Policies on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, as well as the ECOWAS Small-Scale Hydro Power Programme and the ECOWAS Bio-energy Strategy.

Lighting-Up a Low Carbon Future

The lights are going on all over Africa, home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world. Overall, that is great news. Children can study at night without breathing harmful or environmentally damaging kerosene fumes; the sense of security in poor communities, where people live in fear when night falls, is hugely increased; productivity for businesses improves as they can stay open later; and commonplace fires, caused by fallen candles or spilt fuels, become rare.

ECREEE SIGNS AN MoU WITH THE JRC

Mahama Kappiah, Executive Director of ECREEE and Giovanni de Santi, JRC-IET Director, sign the MoU

The JRC and the Centre for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (ECREE) of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance collaboration at the occasion of the Vienna Energy Forum, organised by the UN Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO). This cooperation framework will facilitate the development of common tools (e.g. country specific maps with renewable energy based electricity costs), validation of results and publication.

ECREEE signs 2 million Euro agreement with the Austrian Development Agency

Signing ceremony of agreement between the Austrian Development Agency and the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

VIENNA, 29 May 2013 - At the margins of the Vienna Energy Forum the Managing Director of the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), Brigitte Öppinger-Walchshofer, and Mr. Mahama Kappiah, Executive Director of ECREEE signed a funding agreement marking the next operational phase of the Centre in line e with its business plan. "By signing the contract today, Austria grants an additional two million Euros for the next phase which ends in 2016", Ms. Öppinger-Walchshofer noted. While congratulating Mr.

Signing of MOU on the establishment of the East African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EACREEE)

Signing ceremony between EAC, Austria and UNIDO

VIENNA, 28 May 2013 – ECREEE supports the establishment of other regional sustainable energy Centers in Africa in cooperation with UNIDO, the East African Community and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).  ECREEE participated actively in the preparatory meetings of the East African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EACREEE) and presented experiennces in West Africa during the EACREEE validation workshop, held form 8 to 9 May 2013 in Kampala, Uganda.

African Experts Receive Training on Small Scale Hydro Power

Vienna, 27 May 2013 - In conjunction with the Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) organized a training session on small scale hydropower (SSHP) development for 20 experts from the West African region and other parts of Sub Saharan Africa. The training was held in different parts of Austria from 22 to 27 May 2013.

MRU GOVERNMENTS ENDORSE ENERGY FOR WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT (E4WE)

The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), the Government of Sierra Leone, the MRU, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) jointly organized a 3-day conference on “Women’s Economic Empowerment through Energy Access in the MRU sub-region”, in Freetown, Sierra Leone, from 7 -9 May, 2013.

Tender for supply and installation of Electrical Grid in Guinea-Bissau

TESE-EWB has launched the tender for supply, delivery, unloading, installation and commissioning of low and medium voltage electrical grids connected to a Hybrid Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant, in Bambadinca (Guinea-Bissau).

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