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ECOWAS EXPERTS TRAINED ON ENERGY PLANNING

ECREEE and the International Re­newable Energy Agency (IRENA) organized a regional workshop on Energy Planning Methodologies and Tools in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire from 10–12 December 2012.

The workshop aimed to acquaint en­ergy planners in the region with appropri­ate methodologies, using the ECOWAS Renewable Energy Planning model devel­oped by IRENA, based on the MESSAGE modelling tool (software developed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to support national governments in energy planning).

THE UN INITIATIVE ON SUSTAINABLE ENERGY

Da direita para a esquerda: Sr. Namadi Sambo, Vice-presidente da Nigéria, Sr. Bart Nnaji, Ministro de Energia, Sr. Kandeh K. Yumkella, DG da ONUDI

In line with the declaration of the year 2012 as the International Year of Sustain­able Energy for All, on 23 August 2012 the Presi­dent of the Federal Republic of Nige­ria, Dr Jonathan Goodluck, and the Director General of the United Nations Industrial Develop­ment Organization (UNIDO) and Co-chair of the high-level group on Sus­tainable Energy for All, Mr Kandeh K. Yumkella, launched the UN initiative on Sustainable Energy for All in Nigeria.

CAPE VERDE HOSTS REGIONAL WORKSHOP ON ECOWAS WIND AND SOLAR RESOURCE MAPPING

ECREEE, with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the techni­cal assistance of Nexant, organized a regional workshop on ECOWAS Wind and Solar Resource Mapping in Praia, Cape Verde, from 9–11 July 2012.

The objectives of the workshop were to present and discuss the contents of the Preliminary Report of Phase I of the Task; present the resource maps for each country and the entire ECO­WAS region; and build capacities in the region regarding screening and model­ling methodologies for RE investment projects.

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ECOWAS RENEWABLE ENERGY FACILITY (EREF) PROJECTS UNDERWAY

The implementation of the First Call of the ECOWAS Renewable Energy Facility (EREF) got underway with the commence­ment of the contracting phase in February 2013. This was based on the recommen­dations of the EREF technical committee which approved 41 projects for the grant award.

REGIONAL TRAINING WORKSHOP ON DESIGNING AND IMPLEMENTING SOLAR ENERGY BASED LIVELIHOOD PROJECTS FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES, LOMÉ, TOGO

ECREEE, the United Nations Indus­trial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Energy and Resourc­es Institute (TERI), and the Government of Togo organized a regional training workshop on ‘Designing and implementing solar ener­gy-based livelihood projects for rural com­munities’, from 1 to 5 October 2012 in Lomé, Togo. The workshop, financed by the Gov­ernments of Austria, India and Spain, and the Institut de l'énergie et de l'environnement de la Francophonie (IEPF), addressed the following modules:

• Introduction of solar technology

ECOWAS AND GBEP CONDUCT WORKSHOP ON BIOMASS RESOURCE ASSESSMENT AND MAPPING

Participantes no Seminário sobre a Avaliação dos Recursos da Biomassa e Cartografia

ECREEE, in collaboration with the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) organized a workshop on Biomass Resource Assessment and Mapping, under Activity Group 1 (AG1) of the Working Group on Capacity Building (WGCB) for Sustainable Bioenergy. The event was held in Rome, Italy, from 13–14 November 2012 with the support of the Government of the United States of America.

ECREEE, AND PARTNERS, ORGANIZE THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL OFF-GRID RENEWABLE ENERGY CONFERENCE (IOREC) IN ACCRA, GHANA

ECREEE in partnership with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) conducted the first ever international conference on off-grid renewable energy, from 1- 2 November 2012, in Accra, Ghana.

ECOWAS ENERGY MINISTERS ADOPT REGIONAL POLICIES ON RENEWABLE ENERGY & ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Secção transversal de participantes na reunião de adopção de políticas regionais tendo como alvo o acesso à energia e a pobreza energética

The 11th Meeting of ECOWAS Energy Ministers held on 31st October 2012 on the occasion of the ECOWAS High Level Energy Forum which held from 29 – 31 October 2012. The meeting was convened by the ECOWAS Commission, in collaboration with The Government of the Republic of Ghana, and was chaired by the Honourable Oluniyi Robbin-Coker, Minister of Energy and Water Resources of the Republic of Sierra Leone.

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