Title: ECOWAS Renewable Energy Policy

Language: English, French

Type: Document

Nature: Guidelines

Published: July 17, 2013

Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

Country: Global / Non-Specific

Sector: Energy and Power

Topic: Fragile and Conflict-Affected States, Climate-Smart

Keywords: Fragile and Conflict-Affected States - FCS, Climate Smart, Renewable Energy

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Document Summary:

This ECOWAS Renewable Energy Policy was adopted by the 43rd Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, which held in Abuja, Nigeria, from 17 to 18 July 2013.

Both English and French versions are provided.

Document Details:

This policy on renewable energy aims at ensuring increased use of renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, small-scale hydro and bioenergy for grid electricity supply and for the provision of access to energy services in rural areas. The ECOWAS region has set a clear target to increase the share of renewable energy in the region’s overall electricity mix to 10% in 2020 and 19% in 2030. Including large hydro, the share would reach 35% in 2020 and 48% in 2030. Around 25% of the rural ECOWAS population will be served by mini-grids and stand-alone systems by 2030.

The policy also aims to assist the ECOWAS Member States to develop appropriate regulatory frameworks for the promotion of renewable energy technologies and services, thus reinforcing regional integration in the renewable energy sector. The policy document is perfectly aligned with the broader strategic goals of ECOWAS Vision 2020. It will also contribute to the attainment of the objectives of the ECOWAS White Paper on Access to Energy. Finally, the policy represents a voluntary contribution of ECOWAS to the attainment of the targets of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy For All (SE4ALL) Initiative in West Africa. 

Updated: November 19, 2022