Workshop to Discuss Arab Framework for Future Renewable Energy Planning

A workshop has been organized at the headquarter of the General Secretariat of LAS, from 23 to 24 February, 2015, titled "Arab Framework for Future Renewable Energy Planning" on the sidelines of the seventh meeting of the Renewable Energy Action Group, held on 25 February. The workshop was held in the framework of the efforts exerted by the League of Arab States (LAS), the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) and the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) GmbH, in the implementation of the Arab Renewable Energy Framework (AREF).

The workshop was attended by a group of experts specialized in following up on developing and implementing of National Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAPs) in their countries in accordance with the Arab Renewable Energy Framework (AREF), as well as local and foreign experts. The AREF serves as a guiding tool for countries wishing to develop and implement NREAP.

Eng. Maged Mahmoud, Head of Projects and Technical Affairs at RCREEE, presented the most important challenges for the transition to renewable energies in the Arab region. For his part, Eng. Ashraf Kraidy, Energy Advisor at LAS, introduced the AREF and the models of NREAPs. They also reviewed Arab and European models. Mr. Madis Laaniste, State of Estonia representative, reviewed his country's experience in the future planning for renewable energy. Also, Dr. Joseph Assad from Lebanon and Eng. Yasser Al-Abdullah from Sudan presented the current status of both countries in developing their NREAPs.

In addition to that, Mr. Klaas Haazenj, from the German International Cooperation (GIZ) GmbH presented models and scenarios for long-term renewable energy planning; also Dr. Albercht Kauup made a presentation on prices policy for the Feed in Tariff (FiT).  And finally, both Eng. Kraidy and Dr. Kauup presented the way of filling in the data required to prepare annual reports, to follow up on the development of NREAPs.

The workshop resulted in a number of important recommendations such as looking into renewable energy national strategies and plans to determine their conformity with the AREF requirements. Also, to study the possibility of its development, in order to complete all the elements of planning congruent with the AREF requirements. In addition to the use of tools and specialized software in modeling the development of energy demand (Energy Modeling Tools). The aim is to reach the optimal integration of renewable energy in the total energy mix, in a scientific systematic way, taking into account the economic and technical aspects.