RES4MED conference in Tunis “Renewables and infrastructure for the clean energy transition of Tunisia: The Italian journey on renewable energies: Excellency and Best Practices”
The RES4MED conference “Renewables and infrastructure for the clean energy transition of Tunisia: The Italian journey on renewable energies: Excellency and Best Practices” took place at the Sheraton Hotel in Tunis, Tunisia, on 27 June 2018. The event, organized under the patronage of the Italian Embassy in Tunis, in cooperation with MED-TSO, gathered over 90 participants and 20 speakers from across the sustainable energy value chain. It primarily served as a platform for dialogue aiming at presenting the Italian excellency and best practices in the renewable energy sector, bringing the impressive track record and international experience of RES4MED&Africa’s members together with other important representatives of the energy sector operating in the Mediterranean. The conference was made possible thanks to the support of RES4MED&Africa members Elettricità Futura, Siemens Gamesa, Fimer SpA, SECI Energia, Enerray and Rina Consulting.
Tunisia has recently made significant steps forward for what concerns the renewable energy transition. In 2017, the country set a target of achieving a 30% share of renewables in its total electricity generation by 2030, and launched a new RE tender national program for public and private investors. Italy and Tunisia have a long confirmed history of cooperation with regards to the energy sector. “The Italy-Tunisia 600MW high-voltage cable project is a strategic example of the existing cooperation between Tunisia and Italy, hoping to be realized by 2020. We encourage all public and private Italian actors to participate to our recently launched RE bid and continue supporting us”, remarked H.E. Mr. Khaled Kaddour, Minister of Energy, Mining and Renewables of Tunisia.
Roberto Vigotti, RES4MED&Africa Secretary General highlighted the context of renewable energy development in the region and – recalling the stable close collaboration with STEG – underlined the interest of RES4MED&Africa in enhancing the relationship with local partners in the countries where the association is active.
The conference agenda touched upon the key topics for the deployment of renewable energy solutions in the Southern Mediterranean regions, such as: large and medium scale RE plants to competitive auctions mechanisms, job creation and local content generated by the RE industry, technology innovation, transmission infrastructures, policies and regulations. The event was graced by the presence of H.E. Mr. Khaled Kaddour, Minister of Energy, Mining and Renewables of Tunisia, H.E. Mr. Khaled Kaddour, Minister of Energy, Mining and Renewables of Tunisia, and Mr. Moncef Harrabi, PDG at STEG and President of Med-TSO.
In occasion of the conference, the two studies on “Mechanisms and main factors for a successful Auction” and “Job Creation: the Tunisian Case”, carried out by RES4MED&Africa, were presented. The first focuses on the auction mechanisms and its benefits for both the private and public sector, as competitive auctions allow public authorities to reveal the real prices of the projects while letting subsequent opportunities for the private sector to invest in a profitable project. The second analyzes the creation of sustainable jobs in Tunisia resulting from the solar and wind sector, with an insight on the job profiles created and a focus on the level of competitiveness of the local market.
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