The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) office in East Africa recently hosted a course on energy demand, supply planning and management for energy experts in East Africa aimed at strengthening the region’s technical capacity in the area.
Energy planning capacity gaps in the 14 member countries necessitated the course according to Ron Kamwendo of the African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP).
The experts were equipped with energy planning knowledge on the Model for the Analysis of Energy Demand (MAED), the Model of Energy Supply Strategy Alternatives and their General Environmental Impacts as well as the relevance of building energy balance statistics and learning from country processes and experiences in building one.
The knowledge acquired will enable them to respond to current energy planning gaps; to integrate energy sector planning tools in sector planning; and to acquire knowledge on undertaking energy demand and supply analyses and balance management.
“Experts also gained better understanding of energy balance statistics and its development in member States and acquired knowledge in conducting demand and supply detailed analyses, scenario assessments, and demand and supply balance evaluation over-time to support energy sector planning,” Kamwendo added.
Participants were also trained on evaluating the impact of policies on energy sector outcomes.
The training was co-hosted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Capacity Development Division (CDD)and IDEP.
It will be undertaken in two phases: energy demand, supply planning and management which was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and management tools and financial analysis of generation expansion.
ECA Special Adviser, Joe Atta-Mensah said, “The ECA had received numerous capacity development requests from member States in Eastern Africa and this vital training is being held in response to help strengthen the institutional energy sector planning capacity in the region.”
Mensah said the ECA would continue to promote the economic and social development of its members through such training and other programs by providing knowledge and capacity to transform their economies.
Energy is a critical area to contribute to, and support progress on sustainable development on the continent. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Number 7 states the global priority for planning towards an affordable and clean energy future, to meet ambitious goals in universal energy access, doubling the share of renewable energy and improving on energy efficiency.