801122E SPECIFIC REGULATIONS NEEDED FOR OFF-GRID ENERGY PRODUCTION
Maputo, 23 Nov (AIM) – Mozambique’s Energy Regulatory Authority (ARENE) has indicated the lack of specific regulations as one of the factors hindering mass investment in producing energy outside the national grid.
According to the chairperson of the ARENE board, Paulo da Graca, to fill this gap the government approved a decree last year on access to energy in areas outside the grid. Eight complementary resolutions are now being drafted, which should be concluded by the end of this year.
Graca said approval of these legal instruments will encourage the production of energy to guarantee universal access to this resource by 2030, which will have a positive impct on the socio-economic development of the country.
He was speaking in Maputo on Wednesday during the First Regional Conference on the Regulatory Framework for Energy outside the Grid.
“After a study. The government noted the lack of regulation for persons interested in exercising this activity”, said Graca. “So in 2021 the government approved a general regulation, and this process involves eight sets of complementary regulations. We believe that by the end of the year, we shall have all these documents concluded”.
The two day event brings together more than 50 speakers from Africa. Europe and America, notably members of the Regional Association of Energy Regulators of Southern Africa
(RERA), specialists, financing agencies and various other stakeholders in the sector of access to energy outside the grid.
The panelists should present, discuss and recommend viable solutions that contribute to the goal of universal access to efficient and clean sources of energy by 2030. The conference was co-organised by the Dutch Development Organisation (SNV), with financing from the British and Swedish governments.