The role of community energy and the challenges in a state-led model of service provision in Ethiopia

GEBRESLASSIE, Mulualem Gebregiorgis (2024). The role of community energy and the challenges in a state-led model of service provision in Ethiopia. In: BROTO, Vanesa Castán, (ed.) Community Energy and Sustainable Energy Transitions Experiences from Ethiopia, Malawi and Mozambique. Palgrave Macmillan, 147-169.

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Community energy can drive sustainable energy transitions in Africa and beyond. However, the implementation of community energy systems is lagging because of the lack of appropriate governance frameworks. This paper aims to explore the critical challenges related to the governance and development of community energy systems in the context of state-led energy service provisions in Ethiopia and to recommend interventions to facilitate their implementation. The paper presents a systematic review of official energy policies, proclamations, and regulations documents, national and international publications, and a consultation with local energy agencies. The findings indicate huge gaps in energy governance, including technical, financial, and operational challenges. Policymakers, the research community, and operators can take action to overcome these challenges. Strong commitment from all levels of government, international development organisations, and the private sector can make a difference in Ethiopia's community energy development. Dividing responsibilities for planning and implementing community energy is one critical step towards practical community interventions that can accelerate energy access, provide more reliable and affordable energy services, and meet the growing energy demand.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Science
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Page Range: 147-169
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 24 May 2024 11:58
Last Modified: 24 May 2024 12:15

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