The European Union has congratulated the Rural and Renewable Energy Agency (RREA) on the completion of the Rural and Renewable Energy Strategy and Master Plan.
Speaking Thursday at the launching ceremony, the European Union Chargé d’affaires, Mrs Emma Sundblad, particularly welcomed the definition of clear, quantifiable targets in three key areas: Energy Access; Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency. She also congratulated the RREA on the identification of concrete programs and projects to be implemented under a comprehensive framework and praised the Government of Liberia for prioritizing access to energy for all parts of Liberia.
Mrs Sundblad said “The Master Plan constitutes an excellent opportunity for donors to organise and fund projects according to a common framework, avoiding scattered initiatives with limited impact. The European Union will be working with the Government of Liberia to identify how we can use our own funding for energy infrastructure to support this Energy Strategy.”
Development of the Rural and Renewable Energy Strategy and Master Plan was funded under the European Union and World Bank project for Support to the Rural and Renewable Energy Agency. Under the European Union’s National Indicative Programme (NIP) for 2014-2020, a total of EUR 100 million (approximately USD 113 million) has been allocated for projects and programmes in the energy sector, with rural electrification one of the priorities for the EUR 45 million (approximately USD 50 million) yet to be committed to specific projects.