ECOWAS Sustainable Energy Forum (ESEF) – Sustainable Energy Champions – Recognition Awards!

The ESEF – Sustainable Energy Champions – Awards is a flagship initiative by ECREEE to celebrate and recognize Individuals, Companies and Institutions pioneering or supporting the move towards sustainable energy in the ECOWAS region.

The ESEF – Award takes place on the sidelines of the annual ECOWAS Sustainable Energy Forum (ESEF), a premier event in West Africa for promoting cooperation and partnerships to accelerate the uptake of a viable market for sustainable energy solutions and foster concrete progress in the implementation of the ECOWAS region’s ambitious sustainable energy targets. ESEF convenes more than 200 diverse stakeholders.

Winning an ESEF Award or being nominated provides valuable advantage and opportunities to recipients by spotlighting their achievements to potential partners and financiers from within and beyond the ECOWAS region. The award recognizes government bodies, international development institutions, regional and international private sector companies, financial institutions, academia and research and civil society representatives within and outside the ECOWAS region.​

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Tomorrow: ECOWAS Sustainable Energy Forum 2019 Kicks Off In Accra

Accra, 21 October 2019 – Tomorrow, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) kicks off its third annual ECOWAS Sustainable Energy Forum (ESEF), at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra, Ghana. Registration details, along with other event information can be found here.

In collaboration with its co-organizers Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) and GET.invest, ECREEE through this event brings together leaders in the West African region committed to moving forward the region’s sustainable energy goals. Geared toward facilitating business deals and promoting investment in the area, ESEF2019 aims to impact sustainable change and empower sustainable energy stakeholders to move toward a viable regional energy market.

During the three-day conference, attendees will hear from a myriad of experts, tasked with identifying and addressing the region’s most pressing energy issues and determining actionable steps for energy and economic efficiency amongst ECOWAS states.

Ministers, directors and high-level delegates of energy and utilities from the 15 ECOWAS member states will participate in the discussions, in addition to key partners such as USAID, World Bank, Islamic Development Bank, West African Development Bank, GIZ, UNIDO, IRENA and many more.

This year’s event will also feature a B2B matchmaking session, where participants can connect with potential business partners, investors and relevant experts in a series of select personal meetings. The matchmaking is sponsored by GET.invest and supported by ARE. Interested participants can register here.

With the support of ECREEE and its sister agencies West Africa Power Pool (WAPP) and the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Authority (ERERA), the region has already made tremendous strides toward putting in place the policy and regulatory framework for a viable sustainable energy market. As such, translating this enabling environment into concrete projects powering inclusive energy access and growth is one of the key objectives of ESEF2019.

As a true testament to ESEF’s growing success and dedication to collaborative, solution-oriented pathways, this year’s event is supported by The Austrian Development Cooperation (ADA); The Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID); UNIDO; GIZ; The World Bank Group; The European Union; The Global Environment Facility (GEF); GET.invest; and ARE.

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  • For more information on the ECOWAS Sustainable Energy Forum 2019, please visit: esef2019.org.
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Agenda, Additional Speakers Announced for ECOWAS 2019 Sustainable Energy Summit in Accra

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) will be hosting its third annual ECOWAS Sustainable Energy Forum (ESEF) on 22-24 October in Accra, Ghana. This year’s venue will be the Kempinski Hotel, Gold Coast City.

The event brings together West Africa’s top elected officials, policymakers, industry thought leaders and other individuals committed to moving forward the region’s sustainable energy agenda. Geared toward facilitating business deals and promoting renewed investment in the area, ESEF2019 aims to impact sustainable change and empower regional leaders.

This year’s forum is co-organized by the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), the 130 Member, off-grid industry association delivering innovative clean energy solutions throughout Africa and GET.invest, a European programme that mobilises renewable energy investments.

Highlights from this year’s agenda include:

  • Achieving enabling environment for scaling-up sustainable energy solutions in the West African region;
  • Capitalizing on opportunities for both grid-connected and off-grid sectors;
  • Promoting technological innovations in sustainable energy;
  • Enhancing regional cooperation and trans-border power trade renewable sources;
  • Ways to enhance knowledge-sharing between regional partners and beyond the region.
  • Showcasing innovation through a dedicated exhibition for manufacturers, developers, financial institutions and other companies to showcase their products and services.
  • New this year: a B2B matchmaking session geared toward partnership building and fund mobilization organized by GET.invest and ARE.

Additionally, we are pleased to confirm the participation of the following high-level delegates for ESEF 2019:

  • Mr. Mahama Kappiah, ECREEE Executive Director
  • Dr. Bachir Ismael Ouedraogo, Minister of Energy, Burkina Faso
  • Alhaji Kanja Sesay, Minister of Energy of Sierra Leone
  • Sambou Wague, Minister of Energy and Water, Mali
  • H.R.H Princess Abze Djigma, Special Envoy of the President of Burkina Faso for SDGs
  • Abdoul Fall, President of the Renewable Energy Private Sector Cooperative, Senegal

Directors in charge of energy in the 15 ECOWAS and high-level delegates from utilities from the 15 ECOWAS members states will participate in the discussions, as well as, key partners such as USAID, World Bank, Islamic Development Bank, West African Development Bank, GIZ, UNIDO, IRENA and many more.

With the support of ECREEE and its sister agencies West Africa Power Pool (WAPP) and the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Authority (ERERA), the region has already made tremendous strides toward putting in place the policy and regulatory framework for a viable sustainable energy market. As such, translating this enabling environment into concrete projects powering inclusive energy access and growth is one of the key objectives of ESEF2019.

As a true testament to ESEF’s growing success and dedication to collaborative, solution-oriented pathways, this year’s event is supported by The Austrian Development Cooperation (ADA); The Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID); UNIDO; GIZ; The World Bank Group; The European Union; The Global Environment Facility (GEF); Sustainable Energy for All; GET.invest; and ARE.

For more information on the ECOWAS Sustainable Energy Forum 2019, please visit: esef2019.org.

For more information regarding sponsorships and exhibitions, please contact: sponsor@esef2019.org

For press inquiries, please contact Lisa Johnson at press@ecreee.org

 Follow us on social media to join the conversation: @2019esef; hashtag: #esef2019


About ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) was established by the ECOWAS Commission in 2008 during the 61st Session of ECOWAS Council of Ministers. ECREEE is a specialized ECOWAS agency based in Praia, Cabo Verde, with a public mandate to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency markets. It acts as an independent body but within the legal, administrative and financial framework of ECOWAS rules and regulations. The overall mandate of ECREEE is to contribute to the sustainable economic, social and environmental development of West Africa by improving access to modern, reliable and affordable energy services, energy security and reduction of energy related externalities (GHG, local pollution). Since its inception, ECREEE has been working diligently to create favorable conditions for regional RE & EE markets by supporting activities directed to mitigate existing technology, financial, economic, business, legal, policy, institutional, knowledge and capacity related barriers.

About GET.invest

GET.invest is a European programme that mobilises private sector investments in decentralised renewable energy projects. Supported by the European Union, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Austria, it builds a bridge between business and project developers, financiers and regulators. Find out more at https://www.get-invest.eu/

About The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE)

ARE is an international business association that promotes a sustainable decentralised renewable energy industry for the 21st century, activating markets for affordable energy services, and creating local jobs and inclusive economies. We enable improved energy access through business development support for more than 130 Members along the whole value chain for off-grid technologies.

Press Contact:

Lisa Johnson, ECREEE

press@ecreee.org

ECOWAS’s Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Announces Third Annual ‘Sustainable Energy Forum’ in Accra

Event convenes key public and private sector actors to develop financial opportunities and economic incentives to address West Africa region’s most pressing energy challenges

[29 August–Accra]–The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) has announced today that it will be hosting its third annual ECOWAS Sustainable Energy Forum (ESEF) on 22-24 October in Accra, Ghana. This year’s venue will be the Kempinski Hotel, Gold Coast City.

Under the high patronage of His Excellency, President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, the event will bring together West Africa’s top elected officials, policymakers, industry thought leaders and other individuals committed to moving forward the sustainable energy agenda. With support of ECREEE and its sister agencies, the West Africa Power Pool (WAPP) and the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Authority (ERERA), the region has made tremendous strides in putting in place the policy and regulatory framework for a viable sustainable energy market. As such, translating this enabling environment into concrete projects powering inclusive energy access and growth is one of the key objectives of ESEF2019.

This year’s forum also marks a special relationship with two partners with a demonstrated  commitment to sustainable communities around the world: Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), the off-grid industry association consisting of more than 130 members active in Africa to deliver innovative clean energy solutions; and GET.invest, a European programme that mobilises renewable energy investments.

“The ECOWAS region is on the brink of major transformation and no sector can catalyze such transformation more than the energy industry,” says Mahama Kappiah, Executive Director, ECREEE. “In 3-4 short years, we have seen tremendous progress in the development of utility-scale renewable energy projects and off-grid electrification is also progressing at a fast pace. With major initiatives such as the Regional Off-Grid Electrification Project (ROGEP) and the West Africa Clean Energy Corridor, ECREEE is proposing key investment opportunities to facilitate a more sustainable West Africa.”

“Building on the recent memorandum of understanding signed with ECREEE at the fifth ARE Energy Access Investment Forum in Abidjan this year and the recommendations that emerged from the subsequent policy dialogues, ARE is keen to develop win-win partnerships between the local and international private sectors, as well as deepen cooperation to boost off-grid renewable energy technologies in West Africa,” says Marcus Wiemann, Executive Director, ARE

Special guests at this year’s ESEF include high-level delegates, among them:

  • H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President, The Republic of Ghana
  • H.E. Jean-Claude Brou, President, ECOWAS Commission
  • John Peter Amewu, Minister of Energy, Ghana
  • Alhaji Kanja Seesay, Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Sierra Leone
  • Dr. Bachir Ismael Ouedraogo, Minister of Energy, Burkina Faso
  • Sediko Douka, Commissioner for Energy and Mines, ECOWAS
  • Executives from the climate and energy finance sectors, technology    manufacturers and distributors, and others

The forum will provide a platform for improving the policy and regulatory landscape for private sector investment, where attendees will be able to liaise with financiers and secure other resources to fund their business endeavors.

Various themes will be covered over the 3-day event, namely: utility scale renewable energy projects, off-grid electrification, energy access, financing and investment. As such dedicated B2B sessions for project promoters and investors to mingle. Additionally, a large exhibition will be held at ESEF2019 to allow manufacturers, developers, financial institutions and other companies to showcase their products and services. Interested parties should contact sponsor@ESEF2019.org. ESEF2019 aims to be a platform for establishing long-lasting, valuable partnerships between ECOWAS policy makers, regional and international private sector players and financial institutions.

As a true testament to ESEF’s growing success and dedication to collaborative, solution-oriented pathways, this year’s ESEF is supported by The Austrian Development Cooperation (ADA); The Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID); UNIDO; German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ); The World Bank Group; The European Union; The Global Environment Facility (GEF); Sustainable Energy for All; GET.invest; and ARE.

For more information on the ECOWAS Sustainable Energy Forum 2019, please visit: https://esef2019.b2match.io/page-4001

For more information regarding sponsorships and exhibitions, please contact: sponsor@esef2019.org

Follow us on social media to join the conversation: @2019esef; hashtag: #esef2019

About ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) was established by the ECOWAS Commission in 2008 during the 61st Session of ECOWAS Council of Ministers. ECREEE is a specialized ECOWAS agency based in Praia, Cabo Verde, with a public mandate to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency markets. It acts as an independent body but within the legal, administrative and financial framework of ECOWAS rules and regulations. The overall mandate of ECREEE is to contribute to the sustainable economic, social and environmental development of West Africa by improving access to modern, reliable and affordable energy services, energy security and reduction of energy related externalities (GHG, local pollution). Since its inception, ECREEE has been working diligently to create favorable conditions for regional RE & EE markets by supporting activities directed to mitigate existing technology, financial, economic, business, legal, policy, institutional, knowledge and capacity related barriers.

About GET.invest

GET.invest is a European programme that mobilises private sector investments in decentralised renewable energy projects. Supported by the European Union, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Austria, it builds a bridge between business and project developers, financiers and regulators. Find out more at https://www.get-invest.eu/

About The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE)

ARE is an international business association that promotes a sustainable decentralised renewable energy industry for the 21st century, activating markets for affordable energy services, and creating local jobs and inclusive economies. We enable improved energy access through business development support for more than 130 Members along the whole value chain for off-grid technologies.

Press Contact:

Lisa Johnson, ECREEE

press@ecreee.org

ESEF 2019 key partners

ECOWAS Sustainable Energy Forum 2018

ECREEE – Dakar, Senegal – 13th November 2018 – Stakeholders in the energy sector have called for the establishment robust partnership that would spur major investments in the area of sustainable energy and energy access.  This was disclosed at the start of the 2nd edition of the ECOWAS Sustainable Energy Forum (ESEF) held in Dakar, Senegal from the 13th – 15th November 2018 on the theme ‘Achieving Sustainable Energy Targets in the ECOWAS Region’.

ESEF 2018 was designed to foster concrete progress in the implementation of the ECOWAS region’s ambitious sustainable energy targets. It aims to facilitate partnerships between ECOWAS policy makers, regional and international development partners, regional and international private sector players, financial institutions, academia and research and civil society representatives that would enable the region to implement its sustainable energy agenda on schedule.

Officially opening the forum, the Senegalese Minister for Petroleum and Energy, Mr Elimane Kane, congratulated ECOWAS for hosting the second edition of ESEF in Senegal.  He described the initiative as a clear demonstration of the Commission to engage the government and the people of Senegal in their efforts towards regional integration.

According to the minister, the ECOWAS energy policy integration is an effective way to engage the international community to enforce Sustainable Development Goals Agenda for 2030, adopted by the United Nations in 2015. Mr Kane also urged Heads of States and Governments of the ECOWAS region to treat as a priority the United Nations Sustainable Energy Development Goals #7 regarding the access to reliable, affordable and modern energy services.  He, therefore, urged the Member States to work towards ensuring universal access to energy and electricity services; double the rate of improvement of energy efficiency; as well as the rate of renewable energy penetration in the energy mix by 2030.

In a bid to achieve these targets, Minister Kane encouraged the ECOWAS Member States, in collaboration with ECREEE to develop and validate their National Action Plans of Renewable Energy and for Energy Efficiency. He also acknowledged the technical assistance from ECREEE by developing the Sustainable Energy Development Project for Renewable Energy (DPER-SE) in the south-west of Senegal – a project which provided electricity access to 3,000 households in the regions of Ziguinchor, Kolda, Sedhio and Tambacounda.

In his remarks, the Minister of Energy of Sierra Leone, Alhaji Kanja Sesay, stressed the need for sound planning in the renewable energy sector as well as improved energy access. Minister Sesay said that project efforts are becoming more streamlined and transparent.   He noted that ambitious new regional projects highlighting potentials of standalone systems and associated market barriers should be addressed in a bid to attract off-grid companies.

 

The Commissioner for Energy and Mines at the ECOWAS Commission, Mr. Sediko Douka, pointed out that the ECOWAS Commission is committed in achieving the goals contained in the ECOWAS Renewable Energy Policy and the ECOWAS Energy Efficiency Policies in a bid to increase the penetration of renewable energy in the energy mix to 10% by 2020 and 19% by 2030. Regarding the Energy Efficiency front, Commissioner Douka sad the objective is to free 2GW of capacity of electricity and to double the energy efficiency measures in order to achieve the efficiency levels of the leading countries.

In his welcome address, the Executive Director of ECREEE, Mr Mahama Kappiah said the annual forum provides ECOWAS Member States with the opportunity to assess progress made at national and regional levels towards achieving the 2020/2030 sustainable energy targets. He urged delegates to share lessons learned, foster knowledge exchange and disseminate best practices on technological and financing innovations to support a more sustainable energy future. Mr Kappiah, therefore, called on member states to exploit and efficiently utilize the current energy resources in a bid to ensure universal energy access in the region.

The representative from the World Bank, Mr Manuel Luego, spoke about the engagement of the World Bank Group in supporting regional initiatives aimed at developing sustainable energy market in the ECOWAS region. He pointed out that the World Bank is currently engaged with ECREEE to support the development of the off-grid market in 19 countries in West Africa, through the Regional Off-Grid Electrification Project (ROGEP).

The project is aimed at fighting the energy poverty region where out of the 395 million inhabitants; approximately 244 million have no access to electricity.  Mr Luego underscored the importance of providing access to those not connected to the grid and therefore emphasized the need for more cooperation to enable West African countries to build an off-grid solar market for the region with support rendered to entrepreneurs and businesses by ROGEP.

As part of the opening ceremony, the CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, Rachel Kyte, also presided over the launch of SE for ALL’s 2018 Energizing Finance Report. Other speakers at the ceremony included the USAID Power Africa Director, Cheryl Voisard, and Christophe Yvetot, UNIDO Representative for Senegal, Cabo Verde, Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Mauritania.

It would be recalled that the ECOWAS Sustainable Energy Forum (ESEF) was instituted in 2017 by the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) to bolster efforts of member states, along with local, regional and International initiatives in harnessing the region’s vast renewable energy potential by facilitating investment in the regional energy sector.

Alongside ESEF 2018, an exhibition is being hosted for organizations showcasing their products and services for visibility. The exhibition is being attended by all actors across the sustainable energy value chain which includes manufacturers, EPC contractors, financing institutions, as well as energy distributors and suppliers amongst others.

Energy Experts discuss the preparatory stages of ROGEP

ECREEE – Dakar, Senegal – 14TH November 2018 – The Coordinator of the Private Sector Support Facility of ROGEP, Mr. Sire Diallo, has spoken of the importance of the project which aims to support the efforts of West Africa and Sahel countries to accelerate the deployment of standalone PV systems for households, public services and productive uses. In his presentation on the theme ‘Advancement on the preparation of ROGEP’ at the Second ECOWAS Sustainable Energy Forum, Mr. Diallo said the project aims to promote private sector investment with a market based approach in expanding off-grid electricity access.

Mr. Diallo’s discussion centered on the project’s current state of preparedness, the concepts developed for each components and sub-components of the project.  He informed delegates that ROGEP was conceived to support the countries in the acceleration to achieve and exceed their targets benefitting from regional market. This he said would help to enhance shared capacity, institutions and knowledge in a bid to increase electricity access to households, businesses and communities using modern standalone solar technologies.

Mr. Diallo pointed out that ROGEP focuses on regional activities in nature. He disclosed that component 1 provides Support for the Acceleration of the Regional Market thus creating enabling Environment, as well as entrepreneurship Support, and risk Mitigation Facility.

Mr. Diallo also pointed out that one of the components is related to enable the environment for the regional market by focusing on key regional aspects and their interface with national dimension while another component scales-up the regional RE entrepreneurship facility, supporting local companies’ participation in the regional market through a combination of technical assistance and financial support.