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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

During an official visit to Tanzania, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica signed a €50 million programme to support rural electrification in the country. The new financing agreement will support the access of Tanzanian citizens to affordable and sustainable energy through extending energy grids as well as expanding distribution networks. During the signing ceremony, Commissioner Mimica said: "Our important programme worth €50 million will help accelerate the Tanzanian people's access to modern energy. It will provide electricity to over 3600 villages in rural regions of Tanzania, essentially benefitting 1 million people. And this access to energy is vital: it will increase the quality of life in rural areas, improve health and educational services and bring clear benefits, particularly to women and children."

On 20 November, in New York, the Commissioner in charge of International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica and the President of the Caribbean Development Bank, Dr Warren Smith, announced the formalisation of an EU grant contribution to the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Programme for the Eastern Caribbean. The Programme will facilitate the development of up to 60MW of geothermal energy capacity in up to five countries – Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

The European Union will sign in the coming weeks a EUR-18-million (USD 21m) financing agreement to support renewable energy in Cuba, state news agency Prensa Latina reported. Details on the use of the funds are not available. The agreement, to be approved by the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, is part of the Agreement on Political Dialogue and Bilateral Cooperation, which entered into force earlier this month, the EU ambassador in Cuba, Alberto Navarro told the news agency.

The German government has committed to providing funding to support Ghana’s renewable energy development. The pledge comes after President Nana Akufo – Addo disclosed plans to explore renewable energy sources as an alternative remedy to ending the nation’s impending power issues. The German government made this known during the 2017 West Africa Clean Energy and Environment (WACEE) Exhibition and Conference in Accra on Tuesday– noting that the funding will be provided through its technical cooperation agency, GIZ, and development bank, KfW

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

According to a representative from the Belize Electricity Limited, Vonetta Burrell, Public Relations Manager, the current coverage of BEL in the country is at 92% and is expected to reach 98% by 2020. With a GOB-EU-BEL initiative over 200 communities and a total of 5,000 households in both new and existing communities will be impacted. The project will require approximately $35 million to achieve and as a part of achieving that, residents in Cowpen have received electricity for the first time. As a part of the European Union’s mission to improve lives, as well as that shared mission with BEL, several banana farms were beneficiaries of the project

The European Union (EU) has allocated over 484 million Euros under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) to projects in Zambia. Zambia’s Secretary to the Treasury Fredson Yamba said the EU has disbursed the funds towards sectors such as Agriculture, Energy, Governance and Infrastructure for the period 2014 to 2020. This is according to a press statement made available to ZANIS by First Secretary Press and Public Relations at Zambia’s High Commission to South Africa Naomi Nyawali. And Zambia has sped up the absorption of over 80% of the 484 million Euros grants allocated to Zambia under the 11th European Development fund EDF.

Friday, 27 October 2017

Following the recent hurricane season and the experienced damage in the Caribbean, France has decided to move forward with stronger support for the geothermal project in St. Kitts, as reported by the Caribbean News Service. In a meeting this past weekend, Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris and Ian Liburd, Minister for Public Infrastructure held bilateral meetings with the Ambassador of France to St. Kitts and Nevis. The meeting was also attended by French Foreign Trade Advisor, Jacques Chouraki, also the President of Teranov Geothermal Energy. The company has been working on establishing the geothermal potential on St. Kitts together with the government. In its studies on the potential, it is estimated that at least 18 to 36 MW of geothermal power generation capacity could be developed on the island

Monday, 16 October 2017

The Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries has partnered with the European Union in the development of a sustainable energy implementation plan for Trinidad and Tobago. The plan was prepared by the EU Technical Assistance Facility and presented to parliamentary secretary Nicole Olivierre yesterday during a ceremony at the International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain. Olivierre said the plan was a significant milestone that provides a workable solution to transitioning the country’s fossil fuel-based energy system to one that is diversified and sustainable. “In light of the many changes in the local and international energy sphere, we are obligated to take appropriate steps to transition our energy systems,” she said.

Monday, 02 October 2017

GreenWish Partners (‘GreenWish’), an independent renewable energy producer in Africa, has announced the signature of a partnership with Orange to implement the energy transition of its telecommunications towers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This partnership will see GreenWish and its operating partner Sagemcom deploy hybrid solar power generation solutions that combine solar energy, battery and diesel in support of greater energy efficiency. This first tranche of 250 telecom towers across the whole of the DR Congo marks the launch of a new electricity supply model for Orange in the country. This model, known as ESCO (Energy Services Company), has already been launched in India and the United States.

Friday, 08 September 2017

Britain has expressed its readiness to invest in pipeline infrastructure, renewable energy, gas and power of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry. British High Commissioner, Mr. Paul Arkwright, made this promise when the group general manager, Group Public Affairs of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, visited the Chancery of British High Commission in Abuja.Mr. Arkwright noted that the British Government had genuine investment interest in the Downstream, Midstream and Upstream sectors, stressing that the British Department for International Trade was ready to liaise with the Federal Government to invest in the country.

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