An extensive report covering Morocco’s reforms aimed at sustainable development in the national energy sector has been released by the IEA. According to the report, the IEA noted the government’s positive efforts to boost renewable investment, provide access to electricity, and phase out of subsidies for fossil fuel consumption.
In addition, the North African country is undergoing an ambitious energy transition program, in line with the country’s commitments to the Paris Agreement. At this time Morocco’s energy mix relies heavily on fossil fuels; with oil, gas and coal imports account for 90% of its energy needs. While it relies heavily on traditional sources of energy, the country is one of the biggest proponents of renewable energy on the continent and has a number of projects in the work.
Ouarzazate is home to the world’s largest solar power park; the government is creating a national electricity regulatory authority, creating new interconnections with Spain and Portugal, while simultaneously planning to boost power trading and create synergies to develop a regional electricity market. Furthermore, Morocco is tackling the challenge of energy efficiency by implementing a National Energy Efficiency Strategy.
Fatih Birol, Executive Director of IEA said, “I am very pleased to count Morocco as a member of the IEA Family.”
Birol went on to say “It was the first country in the Middle East and North Africa to join us. Morocco’s success in moving towards universal access and phasing out fossil fuel subsidies is a role model for many countries, making it an ideal partner to host regional training and capacity building programs that help to improve energy policymaking across Africa.”