Egypt—Technical and Financial Sustainability of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Sectors

Client: European Union

Duration: 2017-2021

Region: Middle East and North Africa

Country: Egypt

Solutions: Environment

As Egypt continues to rebuild its economy it faces many challenges, including regional unrest and a slowdown in exports due to muted global growth. National security remains a concern. Nevertheless, Egypt’s economy has continued to expand, with the World Bank forecasting that Egypt’s economy would grow by 5.8 percent this fiscal year. It grew by 5.6 percent in 2018–2019.

Up to June 2019, the country had an estimated electricity shortage of 30.4 gigawatts, according to the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy. The gap between supply and demand will worsen with the expected increase in gross domestic product in the coming years based on economic growth. Egypt is now searching for solutions. DAI is creating the Cairo Energy Efficiency Centre to promote the use of renewable energy and spread awareness of energy saving. The team also supports the ongoing reform process of the energy sector by assisting Egypt to achieve sustainable energy and security of supplies.

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Sample Activities

  • Re-organise the core functions of the New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA).
  • Modernise the Renewables Energy Framework and strengthen energy modelling.
  • Strengthen the institutional sustainability of the Energy System Model.
  • Contribute to the role of standards and measurements.
  • Support organisation and ongoing activities of Energy Efficiency Central Department at Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources.
  • Reinforce awareness of the positive impacts and benefits of energy efficiency in all sectors.

Select Results

  • Completed the analyses of the current legal framework for the NREA, and assessed its organization and working procedures in view of a reorganization.
  • Prepared an assessment of the total resources of renewable energy schemes in Egypt and identified technical, financial, and regulatory gaps.
  • Prepared a design plan with recommendations for the establishment of the Energy Modelling Unit at the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy.
  • Prepared a situation analysis report and training needs assessment for the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources staff.


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