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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Convened under the theme ‘Business and Science: Leading the Way to Sustainable Energy,’ the Second Stakeholder Forum brought together EU and African ministers and heads of regional institutions, as well as more than 300 high-level delegates from public, private and non-governmental sectors with a view to galvanizing renewable energy innovation, investment and Africa-EU energy cooperation. The Forum was jointly organized by the AEEP, the Italian Government, the African Union Commission and the European Commission. The Forum was organized around technical thematic discussions on the AEEP themes of energy access, energy efficiency, and renewable energy and energy security on the first day, and a high-level session on the second day. In addition to plenary and specially structured panel discussions, there were targeted networking, business match-making and media events, as well as a parallel exhibition and fair showcasing the latest technological innovations.

Source: paepard.blogspot.be

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

The Swedish Government has provided K264 million for the rehabilitation of Kariba Dam to save the dam from collapsing and ensure power generation for Zambia and Zimbabwe. And Kariba Dam has recorded an increase in water levels to 15 percent from 12 percent observed at the beginning of March. According to a report in Swedish Development Today publication, Swedish embassy deputy head of mission David Wiking said the deal could be concluded in June and that the assistance will come to Zambia through Sweden’s development arm – Swedish Development Aid (SIDA).

Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) has given Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) €4.7 million to implement the energy-for-agriculture (E4A) project in Zambia aimed at installation of bio-digesters to enable rural households and smallholder farmers have increased access to renewable energy. In an interview on Tuesday, E4A project manager Prakash Ghimire said the aim of the programme is to develop viable markets for biogas in Zambia that will lead to improved livelihoods for smallholder farmers through increased savings on fuel and income generation from the productive use of biogas and bio-slurry.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

On March 9 2016 the German Government and the Caribbean Community have agreed to extend their joint programme, “Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance (REETA)”. The REETA Programme aims at strengthening, at the regional and national level, sustainable development within the Caribbean Community through the increased use of renewable energy technologies and increased energy efficiency in the building sector. Under this new phase of the German-Caribbean cooperation, the German Government is providing 3 Million Euros to support the institutional and technical requirements for improving the financing environment for sustainable energy projects within the Region.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

In West Africa, TRANSCO Energy Company announced that preparations to develop the West Africa energy network project is expected to commence soon in Sierra Leone. During a media briefing, TRANSCO Energy finance and administrative manager of TRANSCO Jigba Yillah explained that plans are now in place and very soon the West Africa Power Pool network and distribution energy network project will take-off. (…) Once the energy ministry has reviewed the draft reports for the energy network, proper bids will be presented by the chosen contractors who will be tasked with the implementation of the four lot segment energy projects: two lots in Sierra Leone and two in Liberia. Four donor partners including the World Bank, African Development Bank, European Investment Bank and German Export Bank (KFW) are funding the energy project.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Germany is to assist Ghana to develop a strong renewable energy and agricultural sector as part of its contributions to the development of the country. The German Ambassador to Ghana, John Rudiger, announced this in Kumasi when he paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Prof. William Otoo-Ellis, last Thursday. The meeting was to develop new partnership agreements in the areas of science and technology. Mr Rudiger did not however give details of the assistance to Ghana but said it would help reshape the energy sector and promote agriculture.

Monday, 01 February 2016

Sweden and the United Kingdom have raised $67 million towards Tanzania's rural electrification programme. 'The main objective of the financing programme is to increase access to modern energy services in rural areas of mainland Tanzania for sustainable social economic development and poverty alleviation,' the official statement read sin part. Sweden through the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) together with the UK government through the Department for International Development (DfID) last week entered into an agreement in which they would finance Tanzania a total of $67,727,272 (Tsh.241 billion) for energy development.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

The EU member states that will hold the next three Presidencies of the EU Council (known collectively as the Trio Presidency) have drawn up an 18-month agenda to ensure that, in addition to the immediate challenges the EU is facing, other important issues will receive the necessary attention and commitment. It is clear that the challenge of migration and refugees will remain high on the agenda for the Dutch, Slovak and Maltese Presidencies, which will cover the period from January 2016 to June 2017. As the December European Council underlined, steps to strengthen the EU’s external borders will be a top priority.

Monday, 11 January 2016

A €100m programme to help bring renewable energy to poor people in East Africa achieved some notable successes but still needs better supervision, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. The auditors found that the European Commission had made some good selections among the projects proposed, but failed to monitor progress closely enough. Between 2006 and 2013, the ACP–EU Energy Facility was allocated €475 million of European Development Funds, mostly for grants to projects in sub-Saharan Africa. The main objective was to promote access to modern energy for poor people in rural areas and on the outskirts of towns, where energy for cooking remains largely based on firewood or charcoal.

Tuesday, 08 December 2015

Samoa Renewable Energy Development and Power Sector Rehabilitation Project will receive additional combined co-financing of USD 7.55 million (EUR 7.04m) for the 680-kW Fuluasou small hydropower plant (HPP) on Upolu Island. The financing facility includes a USD-5.06-million and USD-2.49-million equivalent grants from the European Union (EU) and the Government of New Zealand, respectively. While the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will administer both grants, the Government of Samoa will also provide USD 1.21 million in counterpart support, the former said in a statement on Friday.