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Government to achieve clean electricity projects (Youssef Chahed)

Published the:  05/04/2018

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(TAP) - Prime Minister Youssef Chahed announced on Thursday a set of projects the government plans to achieve in the short and medium terms by means of investments worth 2,000 million dinars for the production of electricity from solar energy in different governorates of the country, and presented 10 projects to generate electricity from wind energy, reduce energy insecurity experienced by a million families and carry out audits of municipal institutions.

Chahed said, at the opening of a conference on "speeding up implementation of energy efficiency programmes," attended by nearly 300 officials, donors and experts from Tunisia and several countries, the government will launch a national programme targeting low-income families consuming less than 100 kilowatt hours per month.

This programme will start in Tozeur and will concern this category of families who will be equipped with production units.

He added that the government will issue tenders for electricity generation on April 27, through the use of renewable energy as part of the concession system for the generation of 800 megawatt (MW) by means of investments worth 2,000 million dinars.

These concessions are divided between the production of 300 MW of solar power in the governorates of Gafsa (100 MW), Tataouine (100 MW), Sidi Bouzid (50 MW) and Tozeur (50 MW) and the production of 300 MW of wind energy in the governorates of Nabeul (200 MW), Kebili (100 MW), in addition to 200 MW previously announced in the governorate of Tataouine worth about 500 million dinars.

The prime minister pointed out that 10 projects will be launched in the coming weeks for a total cost of 200 million dinars for the benefit of the private sector in compliance with the system of authorisations for the production of electricity through renewable energy, including five projects of type 10 MW solar energy (Sidi Bouzid, Kairouan, Kasserine and Tataouine) and six type 1 MW solar energy projects (Tataouine, Gafsa, Kairouan and Beja).

Chahed laid emphasis on the need to simplify administrative procedures by adopting specifications for projects with a value of less than one (1) MW for the licensing system, amending the law on electricity generation from renewables by the end of 2018, indicating that an assistance desk will be established within the National Energy Management Agency (ANME) by the end of the year.

The government, he said, will also conduct an energy audit of 350 municipalities (buildings, public electrification network, fleet of vehicles) which will be crowned by an action plan for the execution of projects and implementation of a coherent municipal investment programme in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy at the end of June 2019.

This is part of a programme prepared with the help of the various institutional structures called "municipalities for energy transition" and aimed at helping municipalities devise local energy transition strategies and guarantee all the foundations for the appropriate exploitation of existing opportunities to control energy and achieve the energy and environmental goals set