Senegalese energy operators visit Tunisia to draw inspiration from sale of electricity from renewable sources
18/05/2019 22:29, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - Senegalese energy operators conducted a benchmarking mission to Tunisia from May 6 to 10, 2019 "to draw inspiration from the Tunisian model, especially in the framework of implementation of the pilot phase of the purchase of surplus electricity production from renewable sources".

According to GIZ, a partner in a project promoting a climate-friendly programme in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region, the mission is part of the ProMERC Regional Energy Programme.

The programme, co-funded by the European Union, aims among others to improve the governance of the renewable energy sector and energy efficiency in the ECOWAS countries.

Despite the ECOWAS countries' significant economic growth of 5 to 8% per year, since 2010, insufficient and unreliable electricity supply still constitutes a major obstacle to development in the region.

Out of a population of more than 340 million, only about 42% have access to electricity. A common electricity market in the fifteen ECOWAS member states would strengthen the cross-border use of renewable energies and other sources of energy and then improve and stabilise the electricity supply, according to GIZ.

In Tunisia, the method of selling electricity produced from renewable energies is a model in promoting these energies and a successful technique for introducing them to the energy mix.

It is governed by the Government Decree dated August 24, 2016.

This decree stipulates that in accordance with the provisions of the 2015 law on generation of electricity from renewable energies (RE), any producer of electricity from (RE) for purposes of self-consumption, connected to the national electricity grid in low voltage, enjoys the right to sell the surplus electricity produced, exclusively to the Tunisian Electricity and Gas Company (STEG), which undertakes to buy them under a contract signed between the two parts.

Any producer of electricity from renewable energies for self-consumption purposes and connected to the national low-voltage electricity grid must submit a request to STEG.

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