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MEDREG shared its experience to support an empowered energy regulator in Morocco, in a conference organised by GIZ in Rabat on 30 October 2017
30 October 2017
Rabat, Morocco
On 30 October in Rabat, MEDREG joined the German Corporation for International Cooperation GmbH (GIZ) in discussing the evolution of the Moroccan energy market with the Moroccan Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment, in a conference entitled “Energy Market transformation: challenges and implication”. The event aimed at presenting international experiences that are in line with the efforts to reform Morocco’s legislative and regulatory framework and support its ambitious low carbon energy objectives.

Opening the discussions, Mr. Karim Choukri, Head of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Department at the Moroccan Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment, recalled the structural and institutional reforms adopted by the country for the deployment of the RES market, addressing tariff, interconnexion and access to network. These reforms have already attracted private investors and should enable, in the long term, the convergence towards a Euro-Mediterranean market.

Attended by officials of the Moroccan Energy Ministry and local energy stakeholders, the conference introduced the benefits of well-functioning markets towards sustainable policy goals, affordability and security of supply. It preceded a two-day training on the basic principles of electricity regulation and the integration of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) in the grid.

Representatives from GIZ, MEDREG, the energy industry and academia shared their experience and touched upon market design, RES support instruments, consumer issues and regulators’ rules and tasks. MEDREG contributed to the event with two speakers. Presenting the methods used and lessons learned from MEDREG’s shared experience, the Moroccan energy stakeholders have learned about how to monitor the quality of supply.

This exchange of international practices provided insights and inspiration for Moroccan policy makers, energy industry and consumers. Throughout the discussions, the importance of setting a stable and transparent regulatory framework, as well as ensuring that the regulatory authority is established with competences and powers, was emphasized as a pre-requisite for successful market development.
Presenting the characteristics that make a regulator successful in performing its tasks, MEDREG President Mr. Alexandre Santos (ERSE, Portugal) stated:

MEDREG’s Good Regulatory Principles provide the key prerequisites for an independent, empowered and well-functioning regulator that carries out its mission in a transparent and accountable manner”. He added that “these principles can help regulators to self-assess how close or how far they are in respecting and applying them and to define what they wish to achieve in the future.”

This high level event on energy regulation followed the joint side event on climate change held by MEDREG and GIZ during the 2016 COP22 in Marrakech, which marked the beginning of MEDREG’s support to the Moroccan Energy Ministry towards the establishment of the Moroccan National Authority for the Regulation of Electricity (ANRE).
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