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Empowering Rural Electrification - Workshop


Empowering Rural Electrification / The EU Framework for Access to Sustainable Energy




Dates : 29 / 30 Sept. 2014

Location :  Brussels

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As a leader in the global drive to provide access to modern sustainable energy services the European Commission is launching a profound examination of new financial opportunities to support Rural Electrification. In a two day Workshop hosted by the EC in Brussels on 29-30 September, 2014, a variety of stakeholders will have the opportunity to discuss new possibilities for providing financial support to Rural Electrification projects through a joint effort by the private sector and civil society organisations, and to share experiences and to identify common practices. One of the objectives will be to identify successful business models for accelerated roll-out of energy access in rural communities.


  Download Working Document ElectriFI


Day 1 : Morning - part I


  • Welcome by Christopher Jones (Head of Cabinet) on behalf of Commissioner Piebalgs
  • Expected impacts of SE4All, Kandeh Yumkella Special Representative of United Nations Secretary-General and Chief Executive Officer

  • Role of renewable energy in achieving universal access to energy, IRENA, Adnan Amin, Director General

  • The need for adapted innovative financial tools to support SE4All, Roberto Ridolfi Director for Sustainable Growth and Development,  European Commission DG for Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid



Day 1 : Morning - part II


  • Rural electrification experiences - Setting the Scene, Chaired by Roberto Ridolfi, Director

  • Presentation of a successful business model for rural electrification in Africa, ingredients for success and lessons learned: Caroline Nijland, FRES/ARE Board Member

  • Access to energy - a utility perspective, EURELECTRIC, Susanne Nies, Head of Unit DOWNLOAD PDF

  • Private business and international organizations, experience in the frame of SE4All, SIEMENS, Lieven Kennes, Head of Business Development Energy Sector DOWNLOAD PDF

  • Risk mitigation study on rural electrification businesses: Key recommendations, ARE, Bernard H. Wagemann, Director Center of Corporate Management/University Neu-Ulm DOWNLOAD PDF

  • Financing structures for Country Access and commercially operating mini-grid systems, US State Department, Molly Ward, Alternative and Renewable Energy Advisor, Bureau of Energy Resources

  • Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Credit Lines, AFD (Agence Francaise de Developpement), Christian de Gromard DOWNLOAD PDF

  • Lessons learned from a vast portfolio of projects, KFW Entwicklungsbank, Jens Drillisch, principal energy economist DOWNLOAD PDF

  • Debate and input – Provisional Stock-taking




Day 1 : Afternoon


  • Presentation of ElectriFI – a new proposal for an Electrification financing Instrument, Marc Buiting, expert FMO DOWNLOAD PDF

  • Roundtable and Reactions to ElectriFI: Moderator: Roberto Ridolf

    • UN SE4ALL, Kandeh Yumkella

    • IRENA, Adnan Amin

    • UNEP, Dean Cooper - Head Energy Finance Unit

    • EUEI PDF, Philip Mann, Team Leader/RECP Project Manager

    • ARE, Marcus Wiemann – Secretary General

    • SAWEA (South African Wind Energy Association), Johannes Van Den Berg – CEO

    • GOGLA (Global Off-grid Lighting Association), Koen Peters – Secretary General

    • EDP, EURELECTRIC, Pedro Neves Chairman group A2E

    • CISP, Paolo Dieci

  • Q&A




Day 2 : Parallel Break-out Session 1 : Civil society role to guarantee socially viable rural electrification projects


Chairs: EuropeAid Felice Zaccheo and Giampaolo Silvestri, AVSI 


  •  Practical Action, Aaron Leopold, Global Energy Advocate DOWNLOAD PDF
  • University of Southampton, Dr Abubakr Bahaj DOWNLOAD PDF 
  • KITE Ghana, Ishmael Edjekumhene, CEO
  • Strathmore University, Kenya, Izael Da Silva
  • WWF, Jean-Philippe Denruyter, Manager Global Renewable Energy Policy DOWNLOAD PDF

  • ENEL, Massimo Sciancalepore (on behalf of EGP) DOWNLOAD PDF

Day 2: Parallel Break-out Session 2: Rural electrification as emerging business


Chairs: EuropeAid Georgios Pantoulis and Ernesto Macias, President, ARE


  • TTA, Spain, Xavier Vallve, Potential and challenges in the field of concessions DOWNLOAD PDF

  • EC, JRC, Sandor Szabo, GIF for rural electrification spatial analysis in Africa DOWNLOAD PDF 

  • Phaesun, Germany, Tobias Zwirner, Issues related to distribution, retail and microfinancing DOWNLOAD PDF 

  • Kafita Cooperative Society, Paul Nkumbula, Acting Project Coordinator DOWNLOAD PDF

  • KXN Nigeria/AREA, Anthony Ighodaro DOWNLOAD PDF

  • Absolute Energy Capital, Alberto Pisanti DOWNLOAD PDF

Day 2 : Parallel Break-out Session 3 : Modalities of the proposed financial initiative ElectriFI


Modalities of the proposed financial initiative ElectriFI:

Chairs: EuropeAid Torsten Ewerbeck, EDFI Jan Rixen, General manager

  • Pros and cons of provision of subordinated debt for rural electrification business models, Marc Buiting (FMO)
  • Legal aspects regarding the conversion of a grant into subordinated debt, Speaker to be confirmed

  • Linking financial engineering to energy system planning, Paul Bertheau, Reiner Lemoine Institute DOWNLOAD PDF

  • World Bank, Alexandre Kossoy and Dan Radack DOWNLOAD PDF

  • Complementarity with existing EC SE4ALL facilities, EIB, Eugene HowardDOWNLOAD PDF




Day 2 : Parallel Break-out Session 4: Conducive regulatory framework to secure a sound implementation of the business models


Chairs: EuropeAid Lennart Deridder, Jean Pierre Kedi, General Director of ARSEL (Cameroon) and Guilherme Collares, EDP


  • GDF Suez, Jerome Broutin
  • EDF, Jean Claude Houssou DOWNLOAD PDF
  • ECREEE, Mahama Kappiah DOWNLOAD PDF
  • GIZ, Bozhil Kondev, Tackling rural electrification challenges with technical Assistance DOWNLOAD PDF 

Closing remarks and Conclusion


Roberto Ridolfi, Director
Conclusions and Closing Remarks
Klaus Rudischhauser, Deputy Director General, DG for Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid




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