The Government, through the Energy Regulatory Authority (ARENE), and the Dutch Development Organisation (SNV Mozambique) signed on Thursday, June 9, a memorandum of understanding for the operationalisation of the regulatory framework for access to energy in off-grid areas in Mozambique.
The document comes under the implementation of the “BRILHO” programme and aims to create synergies between the two institutions in order to maximise the positive impact of the initiative.
“The memorandum of understanding aims to define the scope of SNV’s support to ARENE, as part of the BRILHO programme, in its component of developing the regulatory environment and institutional reform in Mozambique,” said a joint statement from the institutions involved published by Noticias.
The government has expressed its commitment by encouraging the private sector to participate in small-scale electrification projects in remote and rural areas, in an off-grid electricity supply regime.
“ARENE, as regulator of the energy sector in Mozambique, has the task of establishing the rules and procedures that will encourage a healthy, transparent, competitive and prosperous business environment,” the statement stressed, adding that SNV, with this memorandum, is committed to supporting ARENE’s efforts in the area of access to energy in off-grid areas and is confident of achieving the goals of electrification and universal access in Mozambique by 2030.
To this end, the Government approved Decree no. 93/21, on 14 September 2021, which regulates access to energy in off-grid areas.
“In this framework, the “BRILHO” programme is supporting in technical assistance and financing private sector companies that want to operate energy services and implement mini-grid projects, as well as supporting public and Government institutions in the development and operationalisation of the regulatory framework,” the document states.
It explains that the two organisations will work in partnership in the development of the regulatory framework, the promotion of gender equality in off-grid projects, the digitalisation of internal processing and management processes at the ARENE level.
They will also be involved in the dissemination of relevant policies and legislation, institutional capacity building of ARENE and sector participants outside the network to ensure the correct, transparent and rapid operationalisation of the regulated processes.
“BRILHO” is a five-year programme, 2019-2024, that will catalyse Mozambique’s off-grid energy market to provide affordable clean energy solutions for the country’s off-grid population. The overall objective is to improve the lives of low-income people through savings, welfare and livelihood opportunities.