Africa Clean Energy Corridor – Executive Strategy Workshop

The Africa Clean Energy Corridor initiative, launched at the IRENA Assembly in January 2013, aims at accelerating expansion of renewable electricity production in Africa.  The initiative will focus at first on the Eastern Africa Power Pool (EAPP) and Southern Africa Power Pool (SAPP), extending from Egypt to South Africa, but would have future prospects to be extended to other power pools on the continent.   Since four-fifths of all electricity within the corridor region is generated from coal in SAPP and a mix of gas and oil in EAPP, there is ample opportunity for hydro, geothermal, biomass, wind and solar power flowing along such a corridor to reduce fossil fuel use and power plant operating costs.  As demand for electricity will double in SAPP and quadruple in EAPP within twenty-five years, the opportunity is growing.  Yet so far, renewable power development in the region has consisted mostly of hydropower and smaller amounts of geothermal and wind power, with very little biomass or solar power.

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) organized a two-day Africa Clean Energy Corridor - Executive Strategy Workshop on 22 – 23 June 2013 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The workshop brought together major regional bodies, power pools, utilities, independent power producers, ministries, financial institutions and development partners to discuss what could be done to increase the share of renewables in future generation plans.  

Overview of the Africa Clean Energy Corridor Initiative

The Clean Energy Corridor Concept – An Overview
Gauri Singh, IRENA

Assessment of the Corridor Potential
Dolf Gielen, IRENA

Update on Renewable Power in the Eastern Africa Power Pool (EAPP) Master Plan
Zelalem Gebrehiwot, Eastern Africa Power Pool

Update on Renewable Power in the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) Master Plan
Lawrence Musaba, Southern African Power Pool

Masdar Presentation
Basel Dahleh, Special Projects Masdar

Priorities for Assessing Renewable Power Potential in Africa

Status of Renewable Energy Resource Assessments in the Clean Energy Corridor
Nicolas Fichaux, IRENA

Renewable Resource Assessment in Ethiopia
Dereje Derbew Beyene, Ministry of Water and Energy, Ethiopia

Renewable Resource Assessment in South Africa
Mokgadi Modise, Department of Energy, Republic of South Africa

Renewable Resource Assessment in Kenya
Isaac Kiva, Ministry of Energy, Kenya

Filling Gaps in Renewable Resource Assessments
Hussein Elhag, African Energy Commission (AFREC)

Moving from Resource Assessment to Concrete Projects
Florian Ziegler, KfW Development Bank

Evaluating Cost Savings and Other Drivers for Renewables on African Power Grids

Current and Projected Generating Costs and other Key Factors that affect the choice between Renewable and Fossil-fuelled Power on Africa’s Grid
Zelalem Gebrehiwot, Eastern Africa Power Pool

Real world business models for profitable use of renewable power
Mike Allen, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand

Technical and Economic Benefits of Cross-Border Interconnection
Karl Brownson, Regulation and Supervision Bureau, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Key Drivers of the Renewable Power Business Case
Oliver Waissbein, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

European Investment Bank presentation
Ionnas Kaltsas, European Investment Bank

Requirements for Enhancement of African Power Grids

Current Plans for Regional Transmission Enhancements

Requirements for Grid Enhancements in Eastern Africa Pool
Kudakwashe Ndhlukula, IRENA

Current Plans for Regional Transmission Reinforcements in Southern Africa
Simbarashe Mangwengwende, IRENA

Power sector Planning and Grid Enhancement
Asami Miketa, IRENA

Workshop Report and Action Agenda

Africa Clean Energy Corridor - Workshop Report

Africa Clean Energy Corridor - Action Agenda Elements