Africa Clean Energy Corridor

27 September 2013 |Cape Town, South Africa

The Africa Clean Energy Corridor initiative, put forward by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and endorsed by Ministers from countries of the Eastern Africa Power Pool (EAPP) and the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) at the fourth IRENA Assembly in January 2014, promotes renewable power to support Africa’s economic growth. The initiative calls for accelerated deployment and cross-border trade of renewable power in a continuous network from Egypt to South Africa. Four-fifths of all electricity in Eastern and Southern Africa today is generated from carbon-bearing fossil fuels such as natural gas, oil or coal, and regional demand for electricity is expected to at least double in the next quarter century. However, half of all electricity in Eastern and Southern Africa could come from clean, indigenous, cost-effective renewables by 2030, allowing for a substantial reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.

Low-carbon economic development powered by renewable energy can help meet the challenge of climate change while improving the livelihoods and economic well-being of millions of people. Regional cooperation can enable the uptake of renewable power projects throughout the EAPP and SAPP countries, sustainably transforming the regional energy mix.

Climate Summit 2014, hosted by the United Nations Secretary-General in New York in September 2014, marks an important step forward in implementing the initiative, with heads of state, partner organizations and leaders from the private sector lending their support to the next phase of the Africa Clean Energy Corridor process. The IRENA Communiqué on the Africa Clean Energy Corridor, adopted at the fourth IRENA Assembly on 17 January 2014, outlines the aims and forms the basis for actions under the initiative.

A regional approach to cutting emissions
Powering Change

Executive Strategy Workshop
January 2013, Abu Dhabi

The Africa Clean Energy Corridor initiative was first introduced at the third IRENA Assembly in January 2013. IRENA organised a two-day 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