IRENA Regional Model Analysis & Planning Support Programme: Central Africa

17 December 2020 |Virtual Event

In partnership with the Central Africa Power Pool (CAPP), IRENA delivered a regional training on energy model analysis and planning to CAPP countries over the course of 6 months. 

In Central Africa, IRENA has used its in-house energy system analysis tool for inputs into the recent Regional Renewable Energy Roadmap of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS). That roadmap aims to identify key activities to address energy transformation in ECCAS, and includes recommendations to: Strengthen capacity for long-term energy planning processes and the tools to link the assessment of renewable potential to actual development; and prepare national and regional power sector or energy master plans that account for an increased share of variable renewables.

IRENA is now looking to build on those recommendations, with plans to implement a Regional Africa Modelling Analysis & Planning Support Programme for Central Africa in 2020-21. The Programme aims to deliver practical training and insights to key staff of national energy institutions in the region on how to develop national and regional generation and transmission capacity expansion scenarios to inform the energy planning process. The ultimate goal is to enhance participating countries’ energy planning capacity, enabling them to develop robust forward-looking energy sector objectives, plans and climate goals. The Programme is firmly based on the interest of various Central African IRENA Member States in strengthening energy planning capacity, as well as engagement of IRENA with the Central African Power Pool (CAPP) since 2013 around the need to fill planning gaps in the region.