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Albertine Graben Should Transit To Clean And Affordable Sustainable Renewable Energy

According to MEMD, less than 20.6% of the rural and 55% of the urban population have electricity services (MEMD, 2015). Thus, majority of households depend on traditional biomass as a fuel source for primary energy demand.

Traditional biomass consists of fuel wood, charcoal, tree leaves, animal dung and agricultural residues burnt for residential use. It is unclean and inefficient and has negative health, gender and environmental consequences.

The high rates of deforestation in Uganda are partly attributed to charcoal burning and wood fuel, since forests supply well over 90 percent of Uganda’s energy requirements in form of fuel wood (MWE, 2016).  With the oil and gas activities within the Albertine region which will adversely affect the environment like on Bugoma forest, Murchison landscape, Kabwoya and Bugungu wildlife reserves thus  the ecosystem and bio diversity must be well protected. 

In the Vision 2040, government targets to increase electricity per capita consumption to 3,668kWh by 2040 by increasing national grid access rate to 80 percent with total installed generation capacity reaching to 41,738MW. 

Whereas, in the National Development Plans II (2015/16 –2019/20) government targets to increase power generation capacity from 825MW in 2012 to 2,500MW by 2020 through investment in renewable energy sources including hydropower and geothermal (Republic of Uganda, 2015). 

Under the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Action Agenda which was launched by the United Nations (UN) Secretary General in September 2010, Uganda targets to double the share of renewable energy in the energy mix by 2030 (Republic of Uganda, 2015). 

To achieve those targets key stakeholders in the country should ensure renewable energy use and investing in solar, geothermal, biogas, efficient biomass systems and other alternatives which are clean and affordable for communities in the Albertine Graben to host oil and gas activities. 

Low demand and high cost of electricity has led to low power consumption and limited capacity of Ugandans to pay for electricity, most people cannot afford the costs of connection to the grid and later on pay for the electricity despite programs such as rural electrification. 

MEMD should develop and implement off-grid policy to facilitate the mainstreaming of off-grid systems and institutional solutions in the National Energy Policy and also invest in action research, targeted awareness and policy dialogues.

CSO’s and other key stakeholders should advocate more for sustainable, clean and affordable renewable energy to the benefit of women, men and youth through adopting effective strategies and practices that support renewable energy access in Albertine Graben.

Financial institutions providing of soft loans to customers and other local income sources such as energy cooperatives & village savings loans associations to financing clean energy products will help transiting to clean energy. With this our communities will be well protected from other adverse effects of oil exploration as well as aiming at achieving sustainable development goal 7 and 15.

Compiled by Sandra Atusinguza

AFIEGO field officer.

Renewable Energy Most Competitive Source of New Power Generation

Renewable energy is the most competitive form of power generation in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, according to a new report published today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Abundant resources, together with strong enabling frameworks have led to solar PV prices of below 3 cents per kilowatt hour and dispatchable concentrated solar power (CSP) of 7.3 cents per kilowatt hour, which is less than some utilities in the region pay for natural gas. 

IRENA's new 'Renewable Energy Market Analysis: GCC 2019' launched during Abu Dhabi Sustainabilty Week, says achieving stated 2030 targets can bring significant economic benefits to the region including the creation of more than 220 000 new jobs whilst saving over 354 million barrels of oil equivalent (MBOE) in regional power sectors.

The targets could reduce the power sector's carbon dioxide emissions by 136 million tonnes (22 per cent reduction), while cutting water withdrawals in the power sector by 11.5 trillion litres (17 per cent reduction) in 2020. 

The findings come as GCC economies seek to diversify their economies against the backdrop of fast-growing domestic energy demand and a desire to safeguard hydrocarbon export revenues for the future. 

"The GCC is among the most attractive regions in the world to develop large-scale solar and wind energy projects as a result of resource abundance and a favourable policy environment, a fact that is backed up by record low prices," said IRENA Director-General, Adnan Z. Amin.

"As a fossil-fuel exporting region, the GCC's decisive move towards a renewable energy future is a signal to global investors and to the energy community that we are experiencing a step-change in global energy dynamics and a true energy transformation."  

"The UAE's commitment to diversifying the energy mix is central to our long-term economic growth and sustainable development objectives," said H.E. Suhail Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of Energy. "IRENA's GCC analysis provides further evidence of the strong socio-economic case for renewable energy deployment, from job creation to emission reductions.

As we look to add generation capacity to serve growing populations and expanding economies, renewables will increasingly serve as central pillar of low-carbon development." 

At the end of 2017, the region had some 146 GW of installed power capacity, of which renewable energy accounted for 867 megawatts. Around 68 per cent this capacity was in the UAE. This represents a four-fold increase on capacity in 2014. Following the UAE are Saudi Arabia with 16 per cent and Kuwait with nine per cent of regional capacity.  

With renewable energy targets now in place across the region, the GCC is poised for a significant acceleration in renewables deployment as countries pursue national goals. Under current plans, the region  will install a total of almost 7 gigawatts (GW) new power generation capacity from renewable sources by the early 2020s. 

Solar PV dominates the region's renewables outlook, accounting for three-quarters of the regional project pipeline, CSP and wind accout for 10 per cent and nine per cent respectively. Solar-assisted enhanced oil recovery in Oman is also expected to contribute about 1 gigawatt-thermal (GWth) in 2019. 

Proactive policies are central to accelerating renewable energy deployment, per the report, suggesting that lessons can be drawn from the GCC countries where substantial inroads have been made thanks to firm government commitments and credible, time-bound targets with a clear focus on a supportive business environment for investments.


Francesco La Camera Appointed As New IRENA Director-General

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly selected Francesco La Camera to be the next Director-General of IRENA. The appointment took place during the 9th Assembly of IRENA, the ultimate decision-making body of the agency. Mr. La Camera will take office on 4 April 2019, succeeding Adnan Z. Amin, who has been IRENA Director-General since 2011.

Francesco La Camera currently serves as the Director General for Sustainable Development, Energy and Climate at the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land & Sea. Mr. La Camera led the EU and Italian negotiation teams at the climate COP 20 in Lima and was the head of the Italian delegation to the three previous COPs.

He has represented Italy in many international forums including at the EU, UNECE, UNCSD, UN Environment, and the OECD. From 2003 to 2010 he was also Professor of Environmental and Land Economics at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Rome Tre. Mr. La Camera has a degree in political science from the University of Messina.

Mr. La Camera is elected for a term of four years. After assuming office as Director-General, he will lead the IRENA Secretariat and the implementation of the Agency's work programme and budget.

With a membership approaching near-universality, IRENA serves as the principal platform for international cooperation on renewable energy, providing a centre of excellence for knowledge and innovation which supports countries world-wide in their transition to a sustainable energy future.

Abu Dhabi Fund Approves Projects Worth $31m Through IRENA/ADFD Project Facility

The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) today announced the selection of renewable energy projects in Guyana, Liberia and Togo for funding by ADFD,  as part of the sixth cycle of the IRENA/ADFD Project Facility.

With ADFD committing US$350 million over seven funding cycles to the IRENA/ADFD Project Facility since 2013, today's announcement, during the Ninth Session of the IRENA Assembly, brings cumulative funding to date to US$245 million. The Facility helps developing countries access low-cost capital for renewable energy projects to increase energy access, improve livelihoods and advance sustainable development.

"The projects selected this year will contribute towards meeting national energy access targets and will transform lives for the better," said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin. "They will take advantage of cost-effective renewable energy to help reduce poverty, enable income-generating activities, and provide electricity to healthcare facilities and educational institutions, which will create jobs, empower women, and strengthen local communities."

For his part, His Excellency Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General of ADFD, said: "We are proud of our result-oriented Facility that has supported replicable, scalable and potentially transformative renewable energy projects set to benefit communities and improve their living conditions.

Today, at the Ninth Session of the IRENA Assembly, we are pleased to have selected truly impactful projects valued at US$31 million for the sixth cycle of financing awarded by the Facility. Taking into account this cycle's recipients, our cumulative expenditure to date is US$245 million, and we look forward to allocating the remaining US$105 million to awardees of the seventh cycle."

In Guyana, a project will receive a loan of US$8 million to install 5.2 megawatt (MW) grid-connected solar PV systems in the hinterland regions to reduce fossil fuel consumption and increase the reliability of electricity supply. An estimated 34,700 people in the target areas will benefit and around 120 direct and indirect jobs are set to be created throughout the project lifecycle.

In Liberia, the loan of US$8 million will contribute to the construction of a 2.1 MW run-of-river hydropower plant on the Gee River. The project will benefit over 30,000 people through providing a clean, reliable and affordable source of energy to households, schools, health facilities and small businesses, enhancing living conditions and helping to reduce poverty.

In Togo, a 30 MW grid-connected solar PV plant will be constructed with the investment of a US$15 million loan. The project aims to bring clean, reliable power to around 700,000 households and small businesses and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 9,242 tonnes/year. Local communities will benefit from greater access to drinking water, education and healthcare as well as job creation that prioritises women.

Since the first cycle selection of projects in 2014, ADFD funding has been allocated to 24 renewable energy projects across the world, covering up to 50 per cent of the total project costs. They will bring more than 157 megawatts of renewable energy capacity online and create electricity access for over seven million people, significantly improving their livelihoods. Spanning Asia, Africa, Latin America and Small Island Developing States, the projects encompass a broad spectrum of renewable energy sources – wind, solar, hydro, geothermal and biomass – and technologies.

Funding is available for sustainable development projects that are backed by a government guarantee. The seventh cycle is open for summary applications until 17:00 GST on 14 February, 2019.

IRENA Launches Geopolitics Of Energy Transformation Report

By Malise Otoo, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

A blueprint report about the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation has been launched by the International Renewable Energy Agency at the sidelines of the 9th Assembly Meeting in Abu Dhabi.

Speaking during the report launch, Mr. Olafur Grimsson, former President of Iceland observed that with the situation regarding the geopolitics of Energy with the US for example, the situation may be different. He said,” with respect to the US, it is more complicated and balance situation.”

And rightly so this can be expected partly because of the position of US President Donald Trump, especially on Climate change. Therefore this report couldn’t have been launched at a more better time than IRENAs Assembly meeting especially looking at the complexities of the issues and the fact the world now more than ever is looking for cheaper, alternative and sustainable source of power which is clearly becoming Renewable Energy.

The UN SDG7 states emphatically that by 2030, the world must ensure access to affordable, reliable and modern energy for all. This IRENA is championing in almost 180 countries around the world.

Again, Mr. Grimsson explains that the report re-ensures that the emergence of the new world is a reality. ”Everything we have been hearing about energy security has been talked a lot about people who talk about the price of oil”, he says.

“What’s happening in Singapore, how is OPEC going to respond, what are the producers going to do. Well, we believe that discussion is going to change fundamentally as Energy begins to evolve rapidly in the direction driven by technology, not by resources, it’s going to alter. Now there are a number of possibilities sketched out by the commission but I think that’s a fundamental issue that we are going to look at is how we must act.”

”Second is that we going to see new leaders emerge. At the moment we have energy leaders who are able to combine natural resources endowment with technology and able to infuse oil and gas, coal for mining.” He stressed.

He thinks there will be a diffusion of power from a period of resource-scarce, to a period of resource abundance.

Mr. Adnan Amin, Director-General, IRENA sets the question of political risk that could come up by saying, ”unless you have the responsibility for the change you have before you, you going to be in trouble”. He restated that the world is not facing an industrial risk.

Carlos Lopez, former Head of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), thinks that in his view there will be a lot of energy in energy independence. There is a reform appetite in Africa right now and renewable energy is going to produce a lot of independence.

The Global Commission on the Geopolitics in of the Energy Transformation was established as an independent initiative by IRENA in January 2018 during its 8th Assembly.  

Huge Desert Solar Initiative To Make Africa A Renewables Power-House

The details of the "Desert to Power Initiative" have been outlined as part of the Paris Agreement climate change talks at COP24 in Katowice, Poland this week. Energy poverty in Africa is estimated to cost the continent 2-4 % GDP annually, according to the African Development Bank (AfDB), which is leading the project.

The Initiative aims to develop and provide 10 GW of solar energy by 2025 and supply 250 million people with green electricity including in some of the world's poorest countries. At least 90 million people will be connected to electricity for the first time, lifting them out of energy poverty.

Currently, 64% of the Sahel's population - covering Senegal, Nigeria, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Chad, Sudan, and Eritrea - lives without electricity, a major barrier to development, with consequences for education, health and business.

By harnessing the exceptional solar resource in the region, AfDB and its partners hope to transform the region.

Magdalena J. Seol in the AfDB's Desert to Power Initiative said: "Energy is the foundation of human living - our entire system depends on it. For Africa right now, providing and securing sustainable energy is in the backbone of its economic growth."  "A lack of energy remains as a significant impediment to Africa's economic and social development."

The project will provide many benefits to local people, said Ms Seol: It will improve the affordability of electricity for low income households and enable people to transition away from unsafe and hazardous energy sources, such as kerosene, which carry health risks.

Construction of the  project will also create jobs and help attract private sector involvement in renewable energy in the region.  Many women-led businesses currently face bigger barriers than men-led enterprises to accessing grid electricity - so the project has the potential to increase female participation in economic activities and decision-making processes.

The project has been launched in collaboration with the Green Climate Fund, a global pot of money created by the 194 countries who are party to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to support developing countries adapt to and mitigate climate change. The program is designed to combine private sector capital with blended finance.

"If you look at the countries that this initiative supports, they're the ones who are very much affected by the climate change and carbon emissions from other parts of the world," said Ms Seol.

"Given this, the investments will have a greater effect in these regions, which have a greater demand and market opportunity in the energy sector."

"Women are usually disproportionately negatively affected by energy access issues. Providing a secure and sustainable electricity creates positive impact on gender issue as well."

The African continent holds 15% of the world's population, yet is poised to shoulder nearly 50% of the estimated global climate change adaptation costs, according to the Bank.

These costs are expected to cut across health, water supply, agriculture, and forestry, despite the continent's minimal contribution to global emissions.

However, the International Renewable Energy Agency estimates that Africa's renewable energy potential could put it at the forefront of green energy production globally.

It is estimated to have an almost unlimited potential of solar capacity (10 TW), abundant hydro (350 GW), wind (110 GW), and geothermal energy sources (15 GW) - and a potential overall renewable energy capacity of 310 GW by 2030.

Other renewables projects in Africa include The Ouarzazate solar complex in Morocco, which is one of the largest concentrated solar plants in the world.

It has produced over 814 GWh of clean energy since 2016 and last year, the solar plant prevented 217,000 tons of CO2 being emitted. Until recently, Morocco sourced 95% of its energy needs from external sources

In South Africa, the Bank and its partner, the Climate Investment Fund, have helped fund the Sere Wind Farm -  46 turbines supplying 100 MW to the national power grid and expected to save 6 million tonnes of greenhouse gases over its 20 year expected life span. It is supplying 124,000 homes.

COP24 is the 24th conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This year countries are preparing to implement the Paris Agreement, which aims to limit the world's global warming to no more than 2C.

Millennium Challenge Corporation Improves Electricity Access In Malawi

GE's EMS will provide real-time and remotely managed information on Malawi's electrical grid and power outages; Project will pave the way for development of Africa's regional interconnections; This project covering 26 substations will reduce technical losses in the transmission system in the medium-term, while fostering economic growth in the long-term

Aligning with MCA-M's Infrastructure Development Project, GE Power's Grid Solutions business today announced it has completed the installation and commissioning of the Energy Management (EMS) and telecommunications systems at 26 substations of the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM).

The project, financed through the Millennium Challenge Corporation , will improve efficiency, reliability, security and planning of the transmission network in Malawi. The project will provide ESCOM with the tools to securely interconnect with neighboring countries (Mozambique, Zambia & Tanzania) and reduce technical losses in the transmission system in the medium-term whilst fostering economic growth in the long-term.

At the handover ceremony Jeanne Hauch, Vice President and General Counsel, Millennium Challenge Corporation said, "The work we have accomplished through theMCC Malawi Compact has created the foundation for a modern power system in Malawi. The experience and expertise of partners such as GE are critical to the success of a compact. GE's technology is providing real-time and remotely managed information on Malawi's electrical grid and power outages. This kind of work has set the stage for Malawi's continued economic development."

With about 3.2 million households without power, Malawi is working towards a reliable and cost efficient operation of its transmission system. "The ability to monitor the grid in real time is a key requirement to secure electricity supply nationwide.

GE's EMS solution will enable the state-owned power utility to easily monitor, control and coordinate the related electrical networks, regulate power voltage within the transmission grid and identify system failure in those substations that are connected to the SCADA system," said Lazarus Angbazo, CEO, GE Power's Grid Solutions, Sub-Saharan Africa

"Furthermore, the grid modernization and expansion will enable safe and efficient transmission of electricity therefore providing more Malawians with access to electricity and pave the way toward development of Africa's regional interconnections," he added.

GE Power's Grid Solutions business provides complete, engineered solutions for high voltage (HV) substations to power generation companies, utilities, and industries, bringing together the right mix of high-voltage products through expert engineering and full project management. GE has designed and implemented over 1,700 substation projects in the last 10 years.

Renewable Energy De-Risking Projects Progress In These African Countries

Since launching a year ago, the Regional Liquidity Support Facility (RLSF) has signed agreements with five countries ensuring that their Independent Power Producers (IPPs) receive protection against payment risks that often contribute to their failure.

The Facility supports small and mid-scale renewable energy IPPs (from 50 to 100MW) in sub-Saharan Africa by helping these projects reach financial close and to reduce the energy deficit. Malawi became the latest country to sign onto the agreement today.

The RLSF is a joint initiative of the African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI), and KfW with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The Facility, which has an initial capacity of USD74 million, targets small and mid-scale renewable energy projects because renewables are generally cheaper, easier to implement, integrate into the national electricity grid and usually have a positive environmental impact once up and running.

On average, electricity generated by non-renewable energy producers costs between US$0.40 to US$0.50 per KW hours compared to renewable energy solutions that can cost anywhere from just US$0.10 to US$0.18 per KW hours. With such savings, renewable energy is a viable alternative and the RLSF aims to provide further incentives to African governments to sign up.

In 2018, RLSF supported a 7.5 MW Solar PV plant in one of the four partner countries, which will add an additional 15% to the country's current capacity of 50 MW. The project is also the first grid connected IPP in the country. This is an example of the type of big impact that the RLSF envisions. By supporting small to medium-sized projects the current energy deficit in Africa can be rapidly reduced at a lower cost with a focus on many small and smart projects.

George Otieno, the CEO of ATI noted "Our initial five partner countries are paving a path for what is possible in the African renewable energy space. By signing onto the RLSF agreement these governments have committed to provide support to IPPs implementing projects in their countries. This sends a powerful message about their will to drive the renewable energy sector in Africa. We are optimistic that other countries across Africa will follow." 

The RLSF protects IPPs against the risk of delayed payments by public off-takers. This type of guarantee is a common requirement from lenders that fund projects, which have often failed to access funding and in turn reach financial close because this type of guarantee was not available. The RLSF hopes to change this by providing the required guarantee in cooperation with the LC issuing bank ABSA Bank Ltd.

The RLSF product is available to all renewable IPPs in countries that have signed a Memorandum of Understanding and that have not reached financial close, as well as new IPPs.

Securing The Smart Energy Revolution In Africa

The potential of the Internet of Things (IOT) to make consumers' lives more convenient is well-documented. One area in which it can deliver immediate benefits and significantly change how a household or company in Africa manages and keeps track of its energy use is smart metering. 

Rather than rely on estimated energy use to calculate bills, or physically visit customers' homes to take meter readings, a smart meter allows energy suppliers to have a real-time view of a household's or business' energy consumption – resulting in more accurate billing.

Smart metering systems also open up opportunities for better management of the demand and supply of energy. Utilities can track energy which is stored and available for purchase for other players who are in demand. Today's systems no longer rely on just fossil fuels, but also on renewable energy, that more and more parties produce and sell, when not using it for their own consumption. 

Africa and the Middle East are now seen as the next frontier for the implementation of this technology. Africa, in particular, is experiencing massive population growth combined with growing economies in many countries. Electrification is obviously a key driver in this kind of development and, as with other technological implementations, Africa is in a position to adopt new technologies immediately because it has few legacies. 

Figures from ABI Research support the view that Africa is beginning to leap onto the smart metering bandwagon. Figures show that smart meter shipments to the Africa/ Middle East region are predicted to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 36.6 percent between 2011 and 2022. Revenues of companies involved in smart metering are set to grow by an equivalent 35.4 percent over the same period. 

The installed base of smart meters with cellular connections will grow by 29.1 percent (GSM/ GPRS) and 71.2 percent (WCDKA), but off a very low base. As with any connected device, there are security considerations with smart metering. And since energy grids are critical national infrastructure, robust protection is paramount. 

A highly-motivated cyber target

National energy infrastructure is a prime target for cyberattacks, and the consequences can be devastating.  Black outs across entire countries, access to personal data and even to nuclear power plants make the smart energy ecosystem very attractive to cyber actors.

Smart meters and smart grids present many potential routes of attack for criminals, which must be protected. This is why governments around the world are responding with initiatives that mandate specific protection protocols for smart grid deployments. Non-compliance could prevent access to the marketplace or lead to costly fines. 

Smart meters have a long product lifecycle

Smart meters are not just installed for a couple of years and then updated – the intention is for them to last as long as 10-15 years. This means that advanced security processes need to be in place to replace ageing keys and to enable remote credential management, along with strong encryption and authentication tools to ensure that only authorized parties can access the energy assets and their data. 

Smart meters can also be very difficult to access. Deployments are very wide – spread out over an entire country or even further – while the devices themselves are put into walls, behind locked doors or in physically remote locations such as mines or offshore sites.

These make regular maintenance visits difficult, time consuming and costly. For these reasons, the ability to remotely monitor smart meters appear as crucial, to continuously protect the ecosystem in the long-run. 

A dynamic market

Lastly, the energy market changes quickly. New entrants join the market frequently, while others disappear. The smart meter ecosystem has thus to be configured so that only authorized organizations and applications have access to metering data, and that changes to access can be applied instantaneously, whenever needed. As smart meter manufacturers might not be IoT security experts, partnering with digital security specialist firms can avoid putting AMIs (Advanced Metering Infrastructures) at risk. 

It's clear that the smart meter market is set to grow significantly across Africa in the near term. There are several market drivers behind this, such as theft and revenue protection, rising urbanization rates, improved operations among others.

With this rise, comes the need for governments to understand end-to-end security of the smart energy ecosystem and the dedicated solutions available that provide encrypted keys and hardened key storage into smart meters – right from the manufacturing steps, as well as throughout the lifecycle of the smart meters.

IRENA Council Discusses Global Energy Transformation

Plummeting renewable energy costs, advances in technology, pressing demands for climate action, and a strong resolve by governments to provide universal access to sustainable energy have put renewable energy into the global spotlight as the most cost-effective pathway to reduce carbon emissions, power growing economies, create jobs, improve health, and raise standards of living.

The Sixteenth Council of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is meeting in Abu Dhabi to discuss efforts to accelerate the global energy transformation and how the Agency can best support its Members to scale-up renewables.

The Council will also take stock of the progress made in the implementation of IRENA's 2018-2019 work programme and budget, discuss the ongoing preparations for the IRENA Assembly in January 2019 and make its recommendations for the selection of a new Director-General.

More than 350 government representatives from 110 countries, including 15 Ministers and high-level officials are expected to attend the meeting.

"We are witnessing an extraordinary energy transformation driven by an unprecedented growth of renewables, underpinned by a strong business case, enabling policies and technological innovations," says IRENA Director-General Mr Adnan Z. Amin.

"Accelerated uptake of renewables is essential for global efforts to meet climate objectives. As the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) recent report highlighted, we need to take action urgently to decarbonise the energy sector by accelerating the deployment of renewables and energy efficiency as the most effective and economically advantageous solution for achieving this.

"With this sense of urgency in mind, IRENA will continue to support its Members to harness their renewable energy potential and to prioritise renewable energy at the highest level on the global agenda." Mr Amin added.

In addition to administrative and institutional matters, the Council will discuss programmatic activities including off-grid renewable energy solutions, corporate sourcing of renewables, IRENA's Clean Energy Corridors initiatives and emerging solitions for power sector transformation.

Two special side-events will showcase some of IRENA's ongoing work. In the side-event on flexibility in the energy transition, a new IRENA tool will be presented that assists Member countries in integrating solar and wind energy in power systems.

A second side-event will discuss initatives to streamline project financing for renewable energy projects. To support the deployment of renewables in developing countries, IRENA and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development will announce the opening of the seventh cycle of the IRENA/ADFD Project Facility, a scheme that provides concessional funding for renewable energy projects.

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