Nigerian Energy Task Force Meets On Industry Challenges
Nigeria’s Decentralized Renewable Energy (DRE) Task Force which was set up under the Scaling Off Grid Energy (SOGE) project of the USAID and Power Africa and implemented by Power for All met on September 18th to discuss actionable steps that will accelerate the sector.
The meeting, which is the third since the multi-stakeholder taskforce was set up in February 2018, reviewed goals and action steps set by all the five working groups of the taskforce, such as working with the Ministry of Finance and the Nigeria Customs Service to review the import-duty status for solar components and panels.
The taskforce also dwelt on how to simplify consumer payments using digital finance solutions that will make collections easier for Pay-As-You-Go companies; and how to facilitate collaborative data sharing within the industry.
Power for All Nigeria Country Director speaks on mini-grids at event
The Nigeria Country Director of Power for All, Ify Malo will be a guest at “Sustainable Conversations” in Lagos on the 21st of September, where she will be speaking on how to bridge Nigeria’s electricity gap using renewable mini-grids.
With only 45% of Nigerians connected to the main grid and the bulk of the unconnected in the rural areas, the Federal Government through the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) has set a target of 10,000 mini-grids by 2023. There has also been increasing interest in mini-grids development from local and international developers.
Sustainable Conversations is a thought leadership event series on sustainable development organized by ThistlePraxis Consulting with the support of IHS Towers.
Power for All hosts webinars
In July, Power for All launched the Platform for Energy Access Knowledge (PEAK), a new interactive knowledge platform designed to curate, organize, synthesize and transform large, growing bodies of decentralized renewable energy data into “digestible,” shareable and useable information.
PEAK integrates a select portfolio of open-access applications that together facilitate the processing, sorting and cataloguing of relevant publicly available reports and data, to make synthesis easier for a broad user audience.
Power for All will be hosting webinars to demonstrate PEAK's unique functionalities and how they can support your data needs. Our webinars are tailor-made for different user groups, so please register for the one that's right for you!
Webinars will be held from Wednesday 3rd October - Wednesday 10th October 2018. The webinars will include an introduction of PEAK, a tour of the site, instructions for annotating and importing documents, creating and saving visualizations and becoming a registered user.
- Decentralized Renewable Energy Practitioners: Wednesday 3rd October 2018 at 3pm EAT/5:30pm IST/1pm CET/8am EST
- Media, Academia and Researchers: Thursday 4th October 2018 at 5pm CET/ 12pm EST/9am PST
- Energy Access Platforms: Tuesday 9th October 2018 at 3pm EAT/5:30pm IST/1pm CET/8am EST
- Energy Access Policymakers and Funders: Wednesday 10th October 2018 at 5pm CET/ 12pm EST/9am PST
Please feel free to share widely with your team and partners. If you can’t make it to a webinar, email PEAK atto receive an introductory presentation about PEAK and a recording of a webinar.
Power for All at Future Energy East Africa
Power for All’s Rebekah Shirley moderated a panel on the digital utility of the future in September at Future Energy East Africa.
The panel explored what the delivery of energy services looks like in the future, what technological advances the energy sector in East Africa is poised to leverage, and what we need to do to get there.
Power for All also co-hosted a session on mini-grids with the Energy and Environment Partnership at the forum. The EEP launched a report on the progress of its mini-grid investment portfolio which shows the successes of mini-grids in creating new low cost connections. PEAK prepared a research summary of the report which was also launched at the event. Shirley also spoke about Power for All's work on advocacy for mini-grids at the event.
Future Energy East Africa provides a platform for public and private stakeholders to engage in such discussions around the future of the East African energy sector, giving stakeholders the opportunity to benchmark their operations, challenges and achievements against their peers and seek suppliers who are looking to gain access to projects across the region.
The Platform for Energy Access Knowledge continues to grow
In July 2018, Power for All launched the Platform for Energy Access Knowledge (PEAK), a beta platform with a specialized library, data visualization and document management tools designed to carter to and further the energy access sector.
Now in its second month, PEAK has continued to grow, attracting users from over 100 organizations including decentralized renewable practitioners, energy access platforms and government agencies.
PEAK's specialized library and data visualization tools have garnered positive feedback and attention from users across the board, and the unique feature of PEAK will be discussed in more detail in our webinars.
We are also excited that the platform has reached users in over 100 countries and look forward to seeing how PEAK can be utilized for showcasing new data, collaborative projects and innovative data visualization around the world.
Putting SDG7 to Work
Power for All and IRENA will co-host a side event at the International Off Grid Renewable Energy Conference (IOREC) in Singapore on October 31, focused on energy access jobs and skills.
Power for All and a group of partners will also announce a new thematic campaign to ensure that the needed resources are invested in creating the energy workforce of the future. If you are interested in learning more about this campaign, or getting involved, please email.