ECOWAS Wind Energy Workshop


The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Energy of Cape Verde and CABEOLICA are jointly organizing a five-day workshop on wind power development from 4 to 8 of November 2013, in Praia, Cape Verde. The workshop is undertaken under the umbrella of the knowledge management and capacity development component of the GEF Strategic Programme for West Africa.

ECOWAS workshop on appliance standards and regulations


ECREEE in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) en.lighten initiative and Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) Initiative, are organizing a workshop from the 1st to 3rd of October 2013, in Cotonou, Benin. The workshop will focus on (i) the validation of the study report on the assessment of institutional capacity and policy frameworks relating to appliances on energy efficiency standards and labels and; (ii) the development of the ECOWAS regional strategy on efficient lighting.


The objectives of this workshop are to:

Regional Training Workshop on the Promotion of National Renewable Energy Policies and Incentive Schemes in the ECOWAS Member States


ECREEE and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) are jointly organising two training workshops on the Promotion of National Renewable Energy Policies and Incentive Schemes for participants from the 15 ECOWAS Member States.  The Workshops will take place back-to-back from 9-13 and 16-20 September 2013. The training workshops are held within the framework of the implementation of the ECOWAS Renewable Energy Policy, recently adopted by the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government. They will also prepare participating countries in the development of National Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAPs), which will contribute to the attainment of the targets of the regional policies.

The workshops therefore aim to provide a better understanding of renewable energy sources and favourable conditions for an advanced market development. In particular, they will strive to:

Multi-Thematic Workshop on the Development of the Regional Efficient Lighting Strategy in ECOWAS


ECREEE in conjunction with UNEP and with support from Club ER will be organizing a Multi-thematic workshop on efficient lighting in the ECOWAS region from the 2 to 3 of July 2013 in Dakar Senegal.

The ECOWAS Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) as the leading organization in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency in West Africa, in October 2012, launched an initiative on energy-efficient lighting, as one of its priority initiatives in the implementation of the ECOWAS policy on Energy Efficiency adopted in Accra, Ghana in October 2012.

ECREEE Regional Training of Trainers Workshop: HOMER software for Renewable Energy project design



LAST UPDATE - June, 28th

The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) organized a four-day Training of Trainers on HOMER as a tool for renewable energy (RE) project design from June 24–27, 2013, in Praia, Cape Verde. In the training attended 35 participants coming from 14 ECOWAS countries plus Mauritania and representing different type of institutions, utilities, ministries and other energy related public bodies and universities.

The training used theoretical concepts, simulations, practical exercises and field visits to existing RE projects in Cape Verde to introduce and equip potential trainers on the use of HOMER and to enable them conduct basic follow-up national trainings in the ECOWAS Member States.


1st ECOWAS Conference and Training on CSP


The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) is organising four-day training on Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) in the framework of the Technical Assistance CENER is providing to ECREEE to assess the potential of CSP in ECOWAS Region from June 17–20, 2013, in Praia, Cape Verde.

Back to back to this training, in cooperation with the Institut International d’Ingénierie de l’Eau et l’Environnement (2iE) from Burkina Faso; Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) from Ghana; and SIREA-ENERGIE (SIREA) from France, ECREEE is organizing the 1st ECOWAS CSP Conference the next 17th, 2013, of June in Praia, Cape Verde.

This conference is part of the activities of the African Union Research Grant Project denominated: Development of a Cost-effective, modular and Dry Concentrating Solar Power for Africa: Design and Test of Components. This project is led by 2ie and ECREEE, KNUST and SIREA are technical partners. Taking advantage of the presence in Praia of the partners of the project, the Steering Committee will be organized also.

VEF Side Event: Regional Sustainable Energy Centers in Africa


The Energy and Climate Branch of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), in close collaboration with the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and the Global Forum on Sustainable Energy (GFSE), organized the VEF side event "Regional Sustainable Energy Centers in Africa: Creating Regional Markets to Support the Decade of Sustainable Energy For All (SE4ALL)”. During the side event participants discussed the added value and possible actions of a south-south cooperation network between  the regional sustainable energy centers in Africa.

Vienna Energy Forum 2013


ECREEE and a high-level ECOWAS delegation, led by the ECOWAS President, will participate in the forthcoming Vienna Energy Forum, which will take place from the 28 to 30 May 2013. The President will announce the voluntary contribution of ECOWAS to the Sustainable Energy For All Initiative (SE4ALL). The voluntary commitment reflects the outcomes of the ECOWAS High Level Energy Forum, which took place from 29 to 31 October 2012, in Accra, Ghana. During the meeting the ECOWAS Ministers of Energy adopted regional renewable energy and energy efficiency policies and targets which will boost the green energy revolution in West Africa by 2030.

Training on Small and Medium Scale Hydropower Project Development in Austria


The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) are organizing a training on small to medium scale hydropower development for experts from the ECOWAS region and other parts of Sub Saharan Africa. The training will combine theoretical lessons, hydro site visits, as well as meetings with plant operators and owners, consultants, hydro power generation associations, manufacturers and financiers. The training is supported by the  Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and the Austrian Energy Agency (AEA).

Integrating Clean Energy Regulation into evolving energy markets


The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), the Cape Verdean Agência de Regulação Económica (ARE), the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERERA) and the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) are jointly organizing a 3-day technical workshop on Integrating Clean Energy Regulation in Evolving Energy Markets under a West Africa Regional Partnership funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).                    

The meeting, scheduled to take place in Praia, Cape Verde, from May 21-23, 2013, is expected to achieve the following:

1)    provide advanced training on the regulatory treatment of clean energy with a focus on renewable energy costs, pricing and rate setting; renewable energy incentive schemes and their coordination with present and future electricity markets;  integration of renewable energy in the electricity system;  promoting energy efficiency in market regulation;

2)    facilitate dialogue to launch the creation of the document on principles of clean energy regulation in the ECOWAS region.