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CEMG Policy Developments – October 2016
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has revealed its plans to finalize developments on the regulation of mini-grids to boost energy access. The proposed regulation will minimize risks in tariff charges, as well make permitting optional for mini-grid operators that distribute up to 100kW.
Green Mini-Grid Perspectives in SEforALL Action Agendas: A look at how some African countries intend to develop this High Impact Opportunity
The Green Mini-Grid Market Development Programme (GMG MDP) at the Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) Africa Hub at the African Development Bank recently drafted a paper on “Green Mini-Grid Perspectives in SEforALL Action Agendas: A look at how some African countries intend to develop this High Impact Opportunity” (currently under final editing and graphic design, to be part of a document series emanating from the GMG MDP). The paper specifically looks at four East Africa countries – Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda – as well as the DRC, Nigeria and the Gambia, all among the first African countries to produce Action Agendas (AAs). The common denominator between these AAs is that all countries recognize the future role that GMGs can play in off-grid rural electrification, and all conclude that this GMG sector will be primarily private sector-driven. Strategies to promote the GMG sector vary from developing the policy and regulatory environment, establishing standards, drafting rural electrification plans, providing early-stage and CAPEX grant funding, capacity building, and transaction advisory. None of the AAs addressed the thorny issues of tariff policy or compensation for when the main grid connects to the mini-grid. Also, as most Investment Prospectuses are fixated on public sector investments, there are few references to mini-grids in them. The “GMGs in AAs” paper will soon be available on the GMG MDP’s Help Desk (greenminigrid.se4all-africa.org).