The role of community energy systems to facilitate energy transitions in Ethiopia and Mozambique

GEBRESLASSIE, Mulualem G and CUVILAS, Carlos (2023). The role of community energy systems to facilitate energy transitions in Ethiopia and Mozambique. Energy Systems.

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Policymakers and academics are focusing on energy transition to provide affordable, sustainable, and green energy for everyone. This is being driven by a combination of the lack of electricity access to millions of people particularly in the African continent and the requirement for the reduction of environmental impact through the use of greener energy resources and systems. This paper summarizes an interdisciplinary research program investigating community energy systems in Ethiopia and Mozambique to facilitate energy transitions. Specifically, it compares community energy landscapes, progress made, and existing challenges and opportunities. To determine the status of community energy development in the two countries, recent publications and official policies were reviewed, and community energy managers were interviewed. The review showed that renewable energy sources are the dominant focus for community energy developments, which is key to achieving a cleaner energy future. However, progress in community energy development has been slow in these countries. There are several reasons that hinder community energy systems from driving the necessary energy transition to a cleaner, modern, and affordable energy. Some of these reasons are the absence of favorable regulatory frameworks, incentive package, knowledge on business models, weak commitments from stakeholders, and insufficient community involvement. These issues vary in degree between the two countries.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering
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Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2024 12:37
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2024 12:45

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