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.



List of initiatives with focus on ECOWAS region, that supports energy projects and programmes.


A directory of key energy stakeholders with effective involvement in the energy sector.


Provides latest information on Energy Efficiency opportunities and measures adopted in the ECOWAS region.


A smart reference library with an extensive collection of renewable energy and energy efficiency materials.


Small Hydropower World Portal

Small Hydropower World Portal

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the International Center on Small Hydro Power (ICSHP) have developed an interactive web platform which seeks to identify the world's small hydropower development status and its potential in different countries and regions by engaging with stakeholders to share information. Most of the available data on the website is extracted from the World Small Hydropower Development Report 2013 (WSHPDR 2013). The project represents a world-first compilation of global small hydropower data, and aims to be a crucial policy and investment guide for renewable energy provision through small hydropower.

Inauguration of the Community Energy Service of Bambadinca

Inauguration of the Community Energy Service of Bambadinca

Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau, Eng. Domingos Simões Pereira, and the ECOWAS Commissioner for Energy and Mines, Mr. Bangoura Morlaye, inaugurated on March 4 2015 the Community Energy Service of Bambadinca (SCEB).

The entry into service of SCEB will allow inhabitants of Bambadinca overcome the constraints in electricity access. Around 8.000 inhabitants will benefit from a
permanent supply of renewable energy, which is guaranteed by a innovative hybrid photovoltaic plant of 312 kW of power. This is the result of the project titled "Bambadinca Sta Claro", funded by the European Union, the Camões Language and Cooperation Institute,UNIDO and ECREEE, with the support of the Directorate General of Energy.

ECOWAS Gender Energy Policy Program

ECOWAS pioneers the first regional gender and energy policy

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) would be setting a new benchmark, as far as gender equality and energy access goes, through its “ECOWAS Policy for Gender Mainstreaming in Energy Access”. The Policy, which aims to address inequalities that exist in energy production and consumption, would be the first of its kind.

The “ECOWAS Policy for Gender Mainstreaming in Energy Access” will commit the governments of the Member States to concrete actions that would address existing barriers that may hinder the equal participation of women and men in expanding energy access in West Africa and contribute to the success of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative.

The Policy is being developed by the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and the ECOWAS Department of Social Affairs and Gender, with the assistance of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)/Clean Energy Solutions Centre of the United States.