Monday, June 20, 2016

East Africa: Establishing Geothermal Energy as a Strategic Option in Power Expansion Planning

Ethiopia: AU hosts geothermal seminar (ESI Africa)

Energy and power industry influencers attended the first east African donors’ coordination meeting last week in Ethiopia, dedicated to promoting geothermal investments.

The conference was also organised to highlight the importance of improving access to equity or other funding sources and therefore play a catalytic role in establishing geothermal energy as a strategic option in power expansion planning for the region.

The forum was held at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa. Commissioner for infrastructure and energy Dr Elham Ibrahim welcomed the delegates, which among them included Gary Quince head of the EU delegation to the African Union, Bruce Shepherd of New Zealand, Thomas Terstegen, deputy head of mission of Germany, deputy director general of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), energy ministers and ambassadors of the East African Rift System.

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