Angolan Minister for Energy and Water, Joao Baptista Borges announced that 8 per cent of power generated from now until 2025 will come from renewable sources during the 18th Congress of the African Energy Companies. The use of clean power is said to increase the country’s electrification rate from 33 per cent to 60 per cent. Angola has just recently approved ‘renewable energies utilisation strategies’ as a tool to diversify its energy mix.

Addressing attendees to the 18th Congress, Jose Carlos Santos Neves, Chief Executive of national utility, ‘Empresa Nacional de Electricidade’ (ENE) said: “We need to analyse the sector of energy in Africa to detail, so we can find the avenues to develop the renewable sources in a sustainable way.” He re-iterated the exploration of renewables in an effort to reduce poverty and promote social inclusion.

The African Energy Companies Association, a continental organisation, headquartered in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire plays a key role in defining and implementing the Africa’s energy policies.

The Congress ran concurrently with first African Electricity Fair, hosting 80 exhibitors as part of 500 energy sector professionals who attended the trade fair.

The African Energy Companies association is a member of the Africa Energy Commission’s executive council and partner to the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).