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12 June 2018 - 13 June 2018
Lusaka, Zambia
Zambia Off-Grid Investor Forum 2018

Side Events

Day 1:

Policy Makers’ Roundtable on Decentralised Renewable Energy in Africa

In the afternoon of the first day of the Zambia Off-Grid Investor Forum (12th of June 2018), the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) will host an invitation-only Policy Makers Roundtable on decentralised renewable energy in Africa. The event comes as Germany – a co-chair of the AEEP – launches a new flagship initiative, “Green People’s Energy for Africa”. With this initiative Germany intends to broaden its support for decentralised renewable energy solutions in rural areas through municipalities, private investments and local cooperatives. Insights gathered at the AEEP Roundtable will help inform future activities, and will input into the forthcoming High-Level Meeting taking place on the 2nd-4th of October in Vienna, Austria.  

The Roundtable will enable policy makers from different jurisdictions to share insights and exchange experience in the deployment of decentralised renewable energy. In addition to learning more about the initiative from the Special Ambassador for the Green People’s Energy Initiative, Ms. Bärbel Höhn, participants will also share relevant lessons learned for implementation and explore ways in which their institutions can act as multipliers for the initiative.   

Since its creation in 2007, the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) has provided a crucial platform for dialogue among its partners, and has significantly contributed to increasing the effectiveness of African and European efforts to secure reliable and sustainable energy services, and to promoting renewable energy in Africa.

Day 1 – 12 June 2018: Side event: Policy Makers’ Roundtable on Decentralised Renewable Energy in Africa

14:00 - 14:20
Welcome and Introductions Crispen Zana Interim Head of Secretariat, AEEP
14:20 - 15:00
Presentation: Introduction to the Green People’s Energy for Africa initiative Clarifying Q&A Ms. Bärbel Höhn Special Ambassador for the Green People’s Energy Initiative
15:00 - 16:00
Discussion: Challenges and Opportunities drawing on Policy Makers’ Experiences with Decentralised Renewable Energy Inputs from institutions and jurisdictions
16:00 - 16:45
Recommendations: Lessons learned from policy makers and recommendations for future programming  
Close and return to plenary of the Forum

To find out more about the Roundtable, please contact Ms. Fiona D. Wollensack at the AEEP Secretariat fiona.wollensack@euei-pdf.org

Day 2:

Local energy communities in Africa: to foster the deployment of decentralized green energy

In the morning of the second day of the Zambia Off-Grid Investor Forum (13th June 2018), EREF will bring together renewable energy advocates and stakeholders from Africa and Europe for a technical workshop on the benefits of local energy communities. This workshop echoes the German Ministry’s “Green People Energy” Initiative.  The side-event will start with an overview of various forms of local energy communities followed by best-practice examples from both continents. It is designed to provide stakeholders from the public and private sectors with the skills to understand and engage in the legal and financial aspects of local energy communities. The workshop will include different case studies on wind energy communities in Africa and energy communities in Greek islands among others. It is complementary to the side-event of AEEP which focusses on political aspects.

Day 2 – 13 June 2018: Side event: Workshop on community approaches for decentralized energy

8:00 – 9:00      Registration
9:00 – 9:10                                  Welcome and introduction 
Moderator: Dirk Hendricks, Senior Policy Advisor, EREF
Welcome Words by Michael Franz
, Team Leader, Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP)
9:10 – 9:40The green people’s energy for Africa initiative of the German Government
Bärbel Höhn,
German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
9:40 – 10:10Status and Benefits of Community Power: A Global Perspective
Stefan Gsänger, Secretary General, World Wind Energy Association (WWEA)
10:10 – 10:40Political, legal and economic aspects of energy communities
Dörte Fouquet,
Partner, law firm Becker Büttner Held (BBH)
10:40 – 11:00Coffee break and networking
11:00 – 11:20Renewable energy communities in Rwanda
Edouard Ndayisaba,
Vice Chairman and Project Manager, Energy Private Developers (EPD)
11:20 – 11:40Examples of renewable energy communities in the EU
Dirk Hendricks, Senior Policy Advisor, EREF
11:40 – 12:15Discussions among participants in working groups
  • Working groups are composed of African and European participants
  •  Focus on opportunities and barriers for energy communities in Africa and identification of potential projects in Africa
12:15 – 12:30Presentation of results from working groups
12:30Closing remarks and end of side event
Dirk Hendricks, Senior Policy Advisor, EREF
Alexander Huppertz, Project Manager, Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP)

European Renewable Energies Federation (EREF)

EREF is the federation of national renewable energy associations from EU Member States representing all renewable energy sectors. Its objective is to promote the interests of independent power, fuel and heat production from renewable sources and to promote non-discriminatory access to the energy market. EREF strives to create, maintain and further develop stable and reliable framework conditions for renewable energy sources.

Its Small Hydropower Chapter represents the interest of the European small hydropower sector by promoting the benefits and opportunities of small hydropower at EU and international levels to secure and enhance its place as an equally important part in the renewable energy mix and to create business opportunities for the many small and medium-sized enterprises.

EREF and its members advice national and international key decision-makers and stakeholders on political, legal, financial and strategic issues concerning renewable energy development. It further provides information on national, European, and international funding schemes for renewables as well as business and investments opportunities.

The federation closely cooperates on global political and communication issues related to renewables with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP), REN21, the International Center on Small Hydro Power (ICSHP), Global 100%RE, and the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions. EREF is member of the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ECEEE).

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Participants 179
Meetings 235


Austria 1
Belgium 8
Burundi 1
Cameroon 4
Chad 1
China 1
Congo 1
Côte d'Ivoire 2
Ethiopia 4
France 2
Germany 5
Ghana 1
China (Hong Kong) 2
India 2
Italy 8
Japan 2
Kenya 23
Lesotho 1
Luxembourg 1
Morocco 1
Mozambique 1
Namibia 3
Nepal 1
Netherlands 3
Niger 1
Nigeria 7
Rwanda 3
Senegal 1
South Africa 15
Spain 1
Sweden 1
Switzerland 3
Tanzania, United Republic Of 7
Togo 1
Uganda 2
United Kingdom 8
United States 1
Zambia 141
Zimbabwe 10
Total 281


Academia & Research 6
Consultancy 41
Corporate firm 37
Development organisation 25
Government Agency 14
Investor/Financier 12
NGO 10
Non-Profit Organisation 20
SME 64
Utility 13
Other 39
Total 281