Renewable energy to rise to 20 % of total supply in Egypt

Apr 27, 2009 02:00 AM

As Egypt's supply of fossil fuels is being depleted slowly, renewable energy -- whether from the sun, wind, water and biomass -- are attracting much more attention now. In 1982 the Egyptian government set a target of achieving a 5 % share of TPES (Total Primary Energy Supply -- the energy mix) for Renewable Energy (RE) by 2005, excluding large hydropower plants and existing biomass use in industry and agriculture. In 2000, this target was downgraded to 3 % by 2010.

Although, RE in Egypt is still well below 0.5 % of TPES, in April 2007, the Supreme Council of Energy in Egypt adopted a resolution on an ambitious plan to cover 20 % of the generated electricity by renewable energy by 2020, including a 12 % contribution from wind energy, translating about 7,200 MW grid-connected wind farms.
In view of that, private investments are expected to play the major role in realizing this goal.

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