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Eskom Uganda Celebrates Women’s Day With Jinja Homeless Kids

As Uganda joined the rest of the world to acknowledge women’s contributions to workplace, families and societies at large,Eskom Uganda dedicated the day for its female staff members to reach out to an orphanage home in Njeru.

With this year’s theme being Be Bold for Change Eskom female staff visited a charity home owned by Margaret Gonza who takes care of severalhomeless children in Jinja.

Eskom Women donated gifts which included Mosquito nets, Mattresses and Blankets to help add value to the work Margaret is doing with the children.The female staff also dedicated their time to help clean up the home and share good moments with the children.

Speaking during the out-reach, Eskom Managing Director Thozama Gangi said the outreach was in line with Eskom’s commitment to continue making a difference in the lives of ordinary people, and also to ensure their wellbeing is improved.

 “We as Eskom female staff fee extremely proud to express solidarity with a woman who opened her doors to the homeless.Mrs. Margaret Gonza has demonstrated to us that even amid misery, lack of hope and absolute poverty, there can still be love for humanity and sacrifice to make life better for others. She has singlehandedly positioned herself as a beacon of hope for the homeless children in this area” said Thozama.

Thozama further noted, “We are delighted to be here to show appreciation to a very charitable individual who God has picked to reach out to the homeless children in this community”.

Eskom Uganda believes in adding value to the lives of local communities and hence it has over the last 13 years invested in environmental upgrade, sports sponsorship, health and education especially in Busoga region.

The celebrations were crowned with a dinner at Nile Resort Hotel for Eskom female staff where Eng. Ziria Tibalwa Waako Ag. CEO Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) gave a motivational talk.  Eng. Tibalwa expounded on the need for women to be resilient at their workplaces to remain relevant in today’s fast paced world where technological evolution is taking the centre stage.

She called on women to rise and equip themselves with all the available knowledge through appropriate channels and take their place at the table of decision making.

 

African Renewable Energy Projects To Compete For $7m

Access Power a developer, owner and operator of power projects in emerging markets and a Power Africa partner, has announced the launch of ACF 2017, the third edition of the highly successful funding and support platform for renewable energy projects in Africa. The official opening of the submissions process was announced today at the Power Africa Annual Partners Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Now in its third year, the ACF is an innovative US$7 million financial support mechanism designed to provide local power project developers and originators with project development support, technical experience, expertise and funding required to bring their renewable energy projects to life.

ACF 2017 aims to further build on the success of the previous two years where a total of five projects passed the final round of selection and three projects successfully executed joint development agreements with Access Power.

This year’s finalists will once again be evaluated and scored by an independent panel of industry experts comprised of senior representatives from Power Africa, InfraCo Africa, Proparco, the Dutch Development Bank (FMO) and Access Power who will provide Access Power with recommendations on the commercial, technical, social and environmental viability of each project based on a host of market, regulatory, environmental and economic factors.

The winners of ACF 2017 will be announced during a live final evaluation panel on June 7th 2017 during the Africa Energy Forum in Copenhagen. The top three finalists will subsequently enter into direct Joint Development Agreement (JDA) discussions with Access Power.

  • Once these are successfully concluded, Access Power will take an equity stake in those projects and commence independently funding their third-party development costs such as feasibility studies, grid studies, environmental and social impact assessments and due diligence fees

    Reda El Chaar, Executive Chairman, Access Power said ACF will draw on a wider communication platform – enabling them to reach a bigger network of innovative and pioneering entrepreneurs across Africa with the opportunity to develop their ambitious ideas into tangible projects.

    “Last year was another highly successful year for the competition as we received nearly 100 submissions from over 25 countries across the full spectrum of renewable technologies, a 75 percent increase on the previous edition. This is a chance to shine a spotlight on ideas and showcase talent. We are delighted to see the competition develop as word spreads about the possibilities it can bring.”

    Power Africa is a U.S. government-led initiative coordinating 12 U.S. government agencies and a diverse coalition of more than 140 public and private sector partners, including bilateral and multilateral development partners.

    Power Africa Coordinator Andrew Herscowitz stated that the ACF is an exciting concept, “and we are delighted to see Access Power’s efforts to transform power delivery and access across Africa. The ACF demonstrates how Power Africa’s private sector partners are working to help accelerate progress towards our shared goals of increasing new electricity generation capacity and increasing household and business connections in Sub-Saharan Africa.” 

    The ACF 2017 application form and guidelines are available on Access Power website http://www.access-power.com/. The submission period runs from March to May, 2017.The ACF 2017 is a financial support mechanism designed to provide local developers and entrepreneurs with the technical expertise and funding required to bring their renewable energy projects to life.

More details  

  • Applications for the ACF 2017 will open in March 2017.
  • The submission period runs from March to May, 2017.
  • An independent judging panel will include industry and legal experts as well as representatives from multilateral development banks.
  • Following a pre-selection process, a shortlist of applicants will be chosen to present their projects to a panel of judges at the Africa Energy Forum in Copenhagen, June 2017 (http://africa-energy-forum.com/).
  • Applicants must present their projects to the judging panel during the Forum within a given time and take questions from panel members.
  • Panel members will score each project based on the evaluation criteria, using weighted percentages.
  • The winners will enter a Joint Development Agreement with Access Power, which will take an equity stake in the winning projects and fund third-party development costs such as feasibility studies, grid studies, environmental and social impact assessments and due diligence fees. Access Power will also provide technical support, financial structure and development process management.
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Eskom Uganda hands over refurbished School

Eskom Uganda this week handed over the newly refurbished Njeru Primary School to the School’s management and Njeru district officials. At the close of 2016, Eskom embarked on a facelift project to give a whole new look to the dilapidated School.

Njeru Primary School is a government school under the Ministry of Education and Sports and was started in 1960. It was previously located in the present day Nalubaale power station but later relocated to pave way for construction of the then Owen falls dam to Njeru village, where its presently located.

The School was dilapidated with broken windows and roofed with asbestos roofing materials which is said to be a Health risk for the pupils.

Eskom Uganda, the generating company running the Nalubale and Kiira power stations injected 110 million Uganda shillings to reinstate the lost glory of the School which faded away with the reduced number of children currently standing at 400.

Speaking during the ceremony to officially hand over the renovated School, the Managing Director Eskom Uganda, Thozama Gangi noted that the renovation of the block is the first phase and the second phase will include fencing of the school, installation of proper electricity supply, water harvesting, renovation of staff housing and a computer lab.

“We are in a changing world with fast moving technology we should not live the children behind. We are looking for partners who will join us to create a conducive learning environment for the children in Njeru primary school” said Thozama.

She further said that Eskom is evaluating ways on how to help the parents by finding innovative ways to utilize the available land so that they may be able to feed their children hence motivating them.” This will end the debate on whether it’s the government or the parents to feed the UPE children” Thozama concluded.

The Guest of honour Dr. Mukasa Lusambu, Assistant Commissioner for Primary Education, Ministry of Education and Sports urged the School management to enforce equitable education on the young scholars to make them competitive at national level.

Dr. Lusambu said the renovation of this School will enable the teachers to better attend to the individual and special needs of the children. She emphasized the importance of education in building a strong and productive economy. “I hope when the whole project is complete, Njeru Primary School will be able to gain it’s lost glory and compete at the National level” he noted.

On his part, the Njeru Town Clerk Mr Kasajja Jamil Kailu hailed Eskom for the continued support extended to Njeru Municipality and the Primary School in particular. He noted that the renovation of the School, will attract and increase the number of school going children in Njeru Municipality and also create a conducive environment for the children to compete at National level.

Eskom Uganda Limited since inception in 2003 set out to engage in a number of Corporate Social investment programmes with the objective of enhancing the quality of life of the communities in which it operates. The programmes focus on selected areas of national priority, that’s to say, health care, education, environment conservation and safety practice/culture.

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African Energy Ministers To Address Investors At Key Energy Summit

Uganda’s Minister in charge of Energy and Mineral Development, Irene Muloni will join her counterparts from Liberia and Democratic Republic of Congo to address critical issues affecting the African continent when it comes to energy issues.

The deliberations will be made at the 3rd Powering Africa: Summit which has attracted 400 investors and 50 speakers from 23 countries including 16 African countries. The investment forum exploring global opportunities within Africa’s energy & infrastructure sectors will take place from 9-10 March 2017 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Washington D.C.

The Summit will take the form of panel discussions and roundtables focusing on sector-specific topics and addressing how bottlenecks can be overcome to drive forward projects. Maintaining US competitiveness in Africa will be a key theme, setting out how commercial partnerships can deliver energy, create jobs, build capacity and spur industrial growth.

A networking reception will take place on the evening of 9th March, and delegates will have the opportunity to arrange meetings with other attendees using an onsite networking app.

U.S. Representative Congressman Ed Royce, Chairman, House Foreign Affairs Committee has also confirmed to address delegates at the 2017 Summit. Chairman Royce worked tirelessly to pass the Electrify Africa Act which was successfully signed into law in early 2016.

The bill seeks to address the significant electricity shortage in Africa that affects the everyday lives of millions of people. His participation will provide an insight into the act and how it will continue to maintain competitiveness in Africa whilst increasing global security and social stability.

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Lumos, MTN Target 1m Off-Grid Electricity Customers In Nigeria

Telecom services provider MTN, in partnership with electricity company, Lumos, has announced the nationwide rollout of its Mobile Electricity Service with an ambitious commitment to bringing clean and affordable solar electricity to one million Nigerians in 2017.

Lumos and MTN have partnered to bring Lumos's revolutionary solar technology to Nigeria, the first country in the world to have access to these systems. Already, over 150,000 Nigerians enjoy reliable, affordable and safe solar electricity 24/7 through the service. Customers pay for the Lumos solar system as they go, easily paying with their mobile phones. Purchasing electricity costs less than 50 US cents a day.

The announcement of the nationwide roll out was made by the CEOs of Lumos and MTN Nigeria at a launch event in Abuja where keynote speeches were delivered by the Nigerian Power Minister, Mr. Babatunde Fashola and the US Ambassador to Nigeria. Mr. W. Stuart Symington.

Marketed as Mobile Electricity powered by Lumos, and available at MTN stores, this system enables Nigerians across the country to replace expensive, dangerous and noisy generators with modern solar electricity that can power lights, cellphones, fans, computers, TVs and other electronic devices (all at once, every day) – for as low as NGN150 per day.

The Lumos technology includes a large solar panel linked to an indoor unit that allows customers to access significant amounts of power on-demand, day or night, all paid for by the credit on their MTN mobile devices. Customers receive full repair services during over five years, assuring peace of mind and a well-delivered product.

The service has been a success to date in Nigeria, aided by the financing of OPIC and initial grants from DFID and GSMA. MTN and Lumos Nigeria, after expanding their partnership with OPIC in 2016, are ready to rapidly scale the service across Nigeria and bring accessible, affordable and clean electricity to one million people in 2017 and many more thereafter.

Yuri Tsitrinbaum, Lumos Nigeria CEO said "Together with MTN, we are committed to supporting Nigeria's efforts to address power access challenges and pledge to increase our contribution to spreading clean energy solutions that will impact the lives of millions of Nigerians living off-grid".

UEGCL Engineers Get Eskom Uganda Training

Eskom Uganda has passed out 25 graduate Engineers who are expected to operate at the Karuma and Isimba Dams after undergoing intensive training in hydro power generation engineering at Nalubaale hydro power station. 

The trainees were seconded by UEGCL which is the government implementing agency for the flagship hydro power projects of Karuma and Isimba Dams. These two projects, are scheduled for commissioning in 2018 and 2019 respectively. 

Speaking at the pass out ceremony held at the Eskom plant in Jinja, the Managing Director Thozama Gangi noted that one of Eskom’s top most priorities as a generation company, is to transfer critical skills to Ugandans for the growth of the energy sector in the country.

“In line with government’s focus on Skilling the youth, Eskom is already making a contribution towards taking Uganda to a middle income economy by 2020” said Thozama. 

She further cautioned the trainees to put to good use the skillsacquired for the overall development of the energy sector in Uganda. “Uganda needs your services regardless of wherever you will be posted. Do your best and make positive contribution for the growth of the sector” She noted. 

Eskom offersindustrial training of students every year. Over the years, Eskom has adopted prudent Utility practices to ensure that it meets dispatch demands and generate enough electricity for the country. 

Eskom has been able to assemble competent staff with immense experience in operations and maintenance and have not only continued to excel in providing reliable and affordable electricity for national development but also to impart useful skills to young graduates.  

Speaking on behalf of the trainees, Ian Sedirimbahailed Eskom for the selfless service its rendering to the nation in as far as skills transfer policy is concerned. He said the skills they have received from Eskom will be equitably utilized in the upcoming plants such as Isimba and Karuma dams.

 

South East Europe Renewable Energy Potential Rises To 740 GW

A new comprehensive study from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), reveals the enormous potential of renewable energy in the South East Europe (SEE) region.

The report, Cost-Competitive Renewable Power Generation: Potential across South East Europe, was released at a high-level meeting preceding the opening of the seventh session of IRENA’s Assembly, which gathered policymakers from SEE and key regional stakeholders, to discuss the opportunities and challenges in expanding the share of renewable energy in SEE.

The report underscores that SEE possesses vast technical renewable energy potential – equal to some 740 GW. The region’s wind energy (532 GW) and solar PV (120 GW) potential is largely untapped, and 127 GW of this overall renewable energy potential could be implemented in a cost-competitive way today. The report says this figure could rise further, to above 290 GW, if more favourable cost of capital is considered for the region.

“The region’s case for renewables is strong, particularly for solar and wind. Harnessing these resources will result in affordable energy, job creation, improved air quality, and a means to meet international commitments,” said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin. “Solar and wind energy are now viable power supply options and the region is well poised to further scale-up its power systems sustainably.”

“IRENA is prepared to continue supporting governments across SEE to harness untapped renewable energy potential and accelerate their deployment,” added Mr. Amin. “Discussions at today’s meeting helped to identify the potential areas where IRENA can offer most added value and best assist countries in addressing the key obstacles hindering greater renewables deployment.”

The report provides useful guidance for decision-makers in the SEE region seeking to scale-up renewables, in line with new long-term EU renewable energy target aimed at driving future economic growth.

“The European Commission commends IRENA for scaling up its engagement in South East Europe,” said Dominique Ristori, Director General for Energy, European Commission. “This report will be a valuable contribution for policymakers in SEE to follow the EU’s goals to promote renewables.”

Increasing deployment and continued technological innovation have led to sharp cost reductions and improved cost-effectiveness, particularly for solar PV and wind energy. IRENA’s report shows that almost the entire potential of solar PV and wind energy in SEE, can be cost-competitively deployed by 2030. The broader macroeconomic impact of renewable energy deployment, along with notable socio-economic benefits, such as creating employment, developing local manufacturing capacity, avoiding health and environmental costs, and addressing climate change.

“I am strongly convinced that a close collaboration of IRENA and other key regional stakeholders will significantly contribute to our ongoing efforts in better harnessing the renewable energy potential currently largely untapped”, added Mr. Mirko Šarović, Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations, Bosnia and Herzegovina.”

The meeting was held one day before the opening of the seventh IRENA Assembly, when global energy leaders from more than 150 countries will gather to discuss IRENA’s strategic and programmatic direction to help countries accelerate the deployment of renewable energy, and in doing so, meet climate goals, boost the economy, and increase energy access and security.

Download the report, Cost-Competitive Renewable Power Generation: Potential across South East Europe

How Renewables Can Decarbonise Energy Sector, Improve Lives

A new comprehensive publication dubbed REthinking Energy released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reveals that falling costs, driven by innovation in technology and policy, is spurring renewable energy deployment and with it a myriad of socioeconomic benefits.

REthinking Energy, now in its third edition, was released on Sunday at IRENA’s seventh Assembly, the Agency’s ultimate decision-making authority. The Assemble sat for a couple of days in Abu Dhabi to discuss 2017 renewable prospects.

“Renewables are gaining ground by nearly every measure. Accelerating the pace of the energy transition and expanding its scope beyond the power sector will not only reduce carbon emissions, it will improve lives, create jobs, achieve development goals, and ensure a cleaner and more prosperous future,” said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin.

The publication highlights how global investment in renewables has steadily grown for more than a decade, rising from less than USD 50 billion in 2004 to a record USD 305 billion in 2015. Despite this enormous growth, current investment and deployment levels are making headway to meet international carbon reduction targets.

“As we advance deeper into a new energy paradigm, we need to pick-up the pace of our decarbonisation efforts. Policies and regulations continue to remain crucial to this end and to develop the renewables market,” explained Mr. Amin.

“We are seeing more and more countries hold auctions to deploy renewables, and as variable and distributed sources of renewables take-on a greater role, regulators have implemented changes to enable grid integration at scale. Heating and cooling, and the potential of renewables for transport, are areas where future efforts are needed.”

The publication provides insights on the innovations, policy and finance driving further investment in sustainable energy system, including that:

  • Renewable energy auctions are gaining popularity in developed and developing countries, generating record-breaking low energy prices;
  • Demand for battery storage is increasing rapidly and playing a larger part in integrating variable renewables;
  • New capital-market instruments are helping increase available finance by offering new groups of investors access to investment opportunities;
  • Institutional investors are moving into renewable energy as it offers stable returns over the long term;
  • New business models promise new ways to finance renewable energy.Off-grid renewables provide electricity to an estimated 90 million people worldwide, and enable people to climb the energy ladder. They are cost-effective and can be installed in modular fashion, linked to grid extension plans. REthinking Energy describes how off-grid solutions can provide modern energy access to hundreds of millions of more people and achieve development goals.REthinking Energy was released at IRENA’s seventh Assembly, which this is gathering 75 ministers from over 150 countries, to advance the global renewable energy agenda and make concrete steps to accelerate the global energy transformation.
  • “Achieving universal electricity access by 2030, will require us to boost global power generation — nearly 60 per cent of that will have to come from stand-alone and mini-grid solutions,” said Mr. Amin. “Meeting this aim with off-grid renewables depends on the right combination of policies, financing, technology and institutional capacity. Making needed changes and accelerating deployment will allow countries to address global issues in sustainability, education, gender equality, health, water and food.

The publication states that solar PV will grow the fastest in terms of capacity and output, and new ways to store electricity will be a game changer for growing variable renewable energy generation. IRENA estimates that battery storage for electricity could increase from less than 1 GW today to 250 GW by 2030.

Off-grid renewables provide electricity to an estimated 90 million people worldwide, and enable people to climb the energy ladder. They are cost-effective and can be installed in modular fashion, linked to grid extension plans. REthinking Energy describes how off-grid solutions can provide modern energy access to hundreds of millions of more people and achieve development goals. 

“Achieving universal electricity access by 2030, will require us to boost global power generation — nearly 60 per cent of that will have to come from stand-alone and mini-grid solutions,” said Mr. Amin. “Meeting this aim with off-grid renewables depends on the right combination of policies, financing, technology and institutional capacity. Making needed changes and accelerating deployment will allow countries to address global issues in sustainability, education, gender equality, health, water and food.”

REthinking Energy was released at IRENA’s seventh Assembly, which this is gathering 75 ministers from over 150 countries, to advance the global renewable energy agenda and make concrete steps to accelerate the global energy transformation.

World Lawmakers Meet To Discuss Renewable Energy Policy

Lawmakers from around the world are meeting today in Abu Dhabi to discuss the policies needed to support the transformation of the global energy system. Held the day before the opening of the seventh Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the 2017 Legislators Forum, “Renewable Energy – the Role of Legislators in Catalyzing Action”, is the second meeting of its kind hosted by the Agency.

The Forum facilitates dialogue between lawmakers on the deployment of renewables and critical challenges facing the energy transformation underway in countries around the world, covering areas of policy, legislation, and tools to support legislators.

“Lawmakers have a rich history of creating the policy and legal frameworks that can drive renewable energy deployment. Their role is even more critical as governments look to transform their energy infrastructure and markets,” said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin. “By bringing together lawmakers from around the world concerned about energy issues, IRENA can better support their efforts to accelerate the energy transition.”

“The next step for renewables is accelerating its deployment and that’s going to require an environment that policies can help foster,” said HE Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change & Environment. “Legislators have the unique responsibility in bringing about that renewable friendly environment and it’s only fitting that IRENA plays a guiding role in this effort through gatherings like the Legislators Forum.”

The meeting will allow participants to exchange best practices and learn from each other’s experiences in creating effective renewable energy policy. It will focus on policy and legislative tools as well as financing mechanisms available to raise the level of ambition towards an accelerated energy transition, using available databases, analytical reports, and direct legislative assistance.

On 12 January, participants of the Legislators Forum were invited by the UAE’s Federal National Council to visit the country’s parliament and meet with a group of its members.

“With the right set of  legislation and policies in place, countries can set the stage for renewable energy to flourish, and put the world on a path for a more sustainable future,” said the Speaker of the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates HE Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi. “We have to think holistically and develop an end-to-end strategy that balances a number of interrelated considerations: R&D and innovation, standards, cost of implementation, impact on existing jobs and companies, education and reskilling, and new employment and economic growth opportunities.”

The Legislators Forum is taking place in the context of the seventh IRENA Assembly, which gathers global energy leaders from more than 150 countries. During the Assembly delegates will discuss IRENA’s strategic and programmatic direction to help countries accelerate deployment of renewable energy, and in doing so, meet climate goals, boost the economy, and increase energy access and security. Outcomes from today’s Legislators Forum will be presented at the Assembly’s discussions.

IRENA is mandated to be the global hub for renewable energy cooperation and information exchange by 150 Members (149 States and the European Union). 27 additional countries are in the accession process and actively engaged. IRENA promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity. www.irena.org

 

Leaders Gather In Abu Dhabi To Accelerate Renewable Energy Deployment

Government officials from more than 150 countries including 75 ministers, and leaders from international organisations, the private sector and civil society are gathering this week for the Seventh Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The Assembly brings together energy leaders to set the global renewable energy agenda and take concrete action to accelerate the ongoing global energy transition.

“2016 was a remarkable year for renewable energy. The falling costs of solar and wind power in markets around the world highlight the increasing cost-competitiveness of renewable energy which has become the preferred option for new power generation capacity in many countries around the world,” said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin.

“In addition, innovations in technology and new business models are bringing renewable solutions to people who previously had no access to energy. These developments, coupled with the entry into force of the Paris Agreement and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, underscore growing momentum for renewable energy and give fresh impetus to the case for transitioning to a sustainable energy future.  Efforts now need to turn to scaling-up renewables in end-use sectors such as transportation, industry, and heating and cooling.”

Taking place 14-15 January at the St. Regis Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, with a day of preliminary meetings and discussions on 13 January, the Seventh Assembly will focus on the critical role of renewable energy in powering economic growth, combatting climate change, expanding energy access and meeting global sustainable development goals.

Notable events taking place throughout the three days include:

  • The 2017 IRENA Legislators Forum on 13 January will gather legislators from around the world to discuss the key role of legislators in accelerating the deployment of renewables.
  • high-level meeting on renewable energy in South East Europe on 13 January will discuss the opportunities and challenges to expand the share of renewable energy in the region’s energy mix. The event will also be a platform for IRENA to launch its publication on cost-effective renewable energy generation in the region.
  • high-level event on renewable energy in islands settings on 13 January will discuss pathways for renewable energy deployment on islands and the enhanced efforts needed to support them.
  • Ministerial Roundtable on 14 January, ‘Towards an Economy Fuelled by Renewable Power: Innovation for the Next Stage of the Power Sector Transformation’, will discuss the innovative models and technologies needed for power sector transformation to inegrate higher share of renewables. 
  • On 14 January, IRENA and Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) will announce the funding of renewable energy projects in a number of developing countries as part of the IRENA/ADFD Project Facility.
  • Ministerial Roundtable on 15 January, ‘Catalysing off-grid renewable energy deployment - Towards universal electricity access and the attainment of SDGs’, will discuss how off-grid renewables can be best integrated into national electrification strategies and improve livelihoods.
  • The launch of REthinking Energy 2017 on 15 January, an IRENA publication that examines the dramatic changes of the energy sector under way and how they provide an opportunity to develop an energy system that underpins sustainable development objectives.
  • Three Programmatic discussions: Plenary discussions amongst Members will take on ‘Enabling the private sector to accelerate renewable energy deployment – Corporate sourcing of renewables,’ on 14 January and on ‘Driving the decarbonisation of the energy sector through innovation’ and ‘Investment pathways towards advancing Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) on 15 January.

“IRENA is now the recognized leader for authoritative and objective knowledge resources on renewable energy costs, resource potentials and employment,” said Mr Amin. “The Agency has also developed practical tools to enable countries to better plan their energy transition. Our annual Assembly provides a critical opportunity for high-level engagement with our Members and partners to examine how international cooperation can speed the transition to a sustainable energy future through concrete action and initiatives.”

The Assembly marks the opening of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week and preceeds the World Future Energy Summit, a global gathering of thousands of energy leaders. IRENA will participate in a number events throughout the week, covering topics ranging from the decarbonisation of energy systems to the scaling up of variable renewable power.

 

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