Parliament adopts bill to boost clean energy production

Thursday, 26 July 2018 10:49
Parliament adopts bill to boost clean energy production

(Togo First) - On July 24th, Togo’s parliament adopted a bill to promote power generation from clean sources. This is in line  with the government’s 2018-2030 electrification strategy under which it plans to bring renewables’ share in the country’s energy mix to 50%.

The new bill will surely help boost investment in clean energies, but also efficiently tackle various challenges related to generation, commercialization and use of clean energy.

The present law sets a global legal framework to implement clean energy projects, be it for local consumption or export. “The government is quite satisfied of the parliament’s decision as this law will help it move from theory to action and implement strategic axes of the new national electrification plan,” said André Johnson, the minister of environment and forest resources.

Under Togo’s plan to provide access to reliable, modern energy for all by 2030, 300 mini solar plants are to be set via private-public partnerships, hydropower dams are to be built and 550,000 households are to be provided with solar kits. The new bill, authorities believe, will greatly contribute to the concretization of these various goals.

“Today’s vote will support the implementation of our energy strategy which is based, among others, on clean energy development, namely solar and hydropower, as well as on environmental protection, in line with the sustainable development goal 7 (SDG7). Indeed, this goal aims to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all,” Johnson said after the adoption.

Fiacre E. Kakpo

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