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Ministry of Petroleum validates Energy Efficiency Strategy

Feb 21, 2022, 2:05 PM | Article By: Jankey Ceesay

The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy in its process of developing the National Energy Efficiency Strategy (NEES) focusing on electricity demand with support from the World Bank Group under the Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF) last Thursday concluded a two-day validation workshop on energy efficiency measures.

The event was held at Kairaba Beach Hotel in Kololi.

Lamin Camara, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy said energy efficiency improves one’s response to energy security.

“It helps expand access, shave peak demand, reduce new capacity needs, reduce the region’s dependence on imported energy, reduce cost for consumers, improve power sector sustainability, improve economic productivity and competitiveness,” he said.

He added that scaling up energy efficiency is central to Gambia’s ambitions to provide affordable, reliable and clean electricity for all.

Mr. Camara urged participants to critically look at the proposed energy efficiency measures for the different sub-sectors and introduce practical and tangible Measures to be implemented in the short, medium and long term.

Chris Trimble, Senior Energy Specialist from the World Bank expressed their readiness to render support and help modernise the country’s energy era.

“It is the first time that such endeavor has been undertaken for The Gambia and it is an exciting agenda because this is the first step to the number of activities, and once we have the strategies in place, there will be other activities that will enable us to create an environment where we are able to achieve our goals,” he stated.