Long-term energy planning support
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IRENA provides capacity building support to countries for developing or updating national energy masterplans through its Masterplan Development Support Programme.
The programme typically spans one to two years and includes several weeks of in-country training to calibrate a SPLAT or equivalent model, explore energy planning scenarios and develop a national energy masterplan document. In-country sessions are complemented by online training and other meetings.
The following national training programmes in energy planning have been provided by IRENA:
IRENA and the government of the Republic of Sierra Leone are undertaking a joint energy planning capacity-building programme. The Programme’s objective is for Sierra Leone to establish a national energy planning unit for energy statistics and long-term energy planning, and to develop the capacity to independently prepare and regularly update a national energy masterplan.
In line with the objectives of the Programme, IRENA provides a team of around 20 national energy sector staff (the national ‘working team’) with the means and tools for working with energy sector data, designing energy planning scenarios and developing a comprehensive national energy masterplan document.
The Programme consists of a series of four training courses. This includes training on MESSAGE software, the IRENA System Planning Test (SPLAT) model, data management, scenario design and masterplan development. The Programme also engages with national energy sector decision-makers to ensure that results can be adequately translated into policy and implementation. For details on the specific activities and training courses under the national Energy Planning Capacity-Building Programme:
- Scoping mission and online MESSAGE training course
- Energy Planning Capacity Building Sierra Leone - National training course 1: Model Development
- Energy Planning Capacity Building Sierra Leone - National training course 2: Scenario Development
- Energy Planning Capacity Building Sierra Leone - National training course 3: Masterplan Development
In 2016, IRENA and the government of the Kingdom of Eswatini (then known as Swaziland) established a joint Energy Planning Capacity-building Programme.
From April 2016 to October 2018, IRENA provided energy planning support to Estwatini, including trainings on the System Planning Test (SPLAT) least-cost optimization model, data management and scenario development. Based on the trainings, the national experts formed a national Working Team, and applied energy planning tools for both energy demand and supply for preparation of a national energy masterplan. The process of developing the energy masterplan was supported by IRENA as needed. The draft masterplan was presented and discussed at a national stakeholder workshop in 2017. The Energy Masterplan 2034 was approved by cabinet and formally launched on 25 October 2018. For details on the national energy planning support programme:
- IRENA-Swaziland Energy Planning Capacity-Building Programme: Scenario Building
- IRENA-Swaziland Energy Planning Capacity-Building Programme: Masterplan Development
- IRENA-Swaziland Energy Planning Capacity-Building Programme: Consultation Workshop
- IRENA-Eswatini Energy Planning Capacity-Building Programme: Masterplan 2034 Launch
 The Kingdom of Eswatini, previously known as the Kingdom of Swaziland, officially changed its name on 19 April 2018.
IRENA and the government of Cameroon are undertaking a joint energy planning capacity building programme. The programme aims to enhance energy planning capacity within Cameroon’s national energy ministry, Cameroon’s NDC revision team from the environment ministry, as well as various other governmental institutions, through training on the IRENA System Planning Test (SPLAT) capacity expansion model and the development of scenarios for the power sector. The objective is to enable Cameroon’s national working team to prepare a national renewable energy master plan for the electricity sector.
Supported by IRENA, the Cameroon working team will prepare the SPLAT model for Cameroon (SPLAT-CM) and develop the draft national renewable energy master plan for the electricity sector.
The programme consists of an e-learning course for IAEA’s capacity expansion planning tool MESSAGE, three remote training workshops and on-request tutoring support. To engage with national decision-makers and public, the Programme also entails a public workshop that aims to disseminate the results, discuss stakeholder feedback and the way forward.