Accurate knowledge on existing and planned resources are vital for strategic planning and development. The non-availability of reliable and updated energy information poses a major constraint for policy makers, investors and project developers in the ECOWAS energy sector. For investors and other stakeholders, it is difficult to identify cooperation partners due to the absence of specialised platforms for exchange of information and experiences. Given this situation, significant opportunities are lost for a sustainable energy development. The ECOWREX connects people and ideas, building powerful partnerships with the latest technologies to provide up to date, timely and quality information for powering a cleaner and developed energy sector.



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Energy Platform of Nigeria: Renewable Energy, Rural Electrification and Energy Efficiency

The Energy Platform of Nigeria

The Energy Platform is a multi-stakeholder dialogue forum between the industry, government and development partners. It seeks to catalyse market development in renewable energy, energy efficiency and rural electrification. Four events are being organised every year with focus on key business interests such as regulatory aspects, investment climate, skills development and private-public engagement.

SEFA grants US $1 million to develop a transformative hydropower project in Guinea-Bissau

Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa

The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) approved on September 16 on the sidelines of the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) Energy Week a US $965,000 grant to support the preparation of turnkey run-of-river hydropower plant with an estimated electric capacity of 20 MW at Saltinho, Guinea-Bissau. The hydropower plant will be interconnected by a transmission line to Bissau and neighbouring countries within the framework of the regional energy programme by the “Organisation for the Development of the Gambia River” (called OMVG in French), co-financed by AfDB. This SEFA support falls under a wider partnership with United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Global Environment Facility (GEF) and ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), for renewable energy investments promotion in Guinea-Bissau, including the development of the hydropower project at Saltinho.


Developing Effective Off-Gride Lighting Policy for Africa

Developing Effective Off-Gride Lighting Policy for Africa

Creating favourable conditions for modern solar lighting markets can provide a low-cost solution to reducing carbon emissions, indoor air pollution and health risks, while bringing electricity to an estimated 600 million people in Africa who lack access to the power grid, says new report by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The report recommends best practices and smart policies enabling the market uptake of off-grid lighting solutions. It recommends best practices and smart policies enabling the market uptake of off-grid lighting solutions. It was unveiled at the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) annual forum. The publication was jointly launched by UNEP, the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA), and the Economic Community of West African States’ (ECOWAS) Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE).