Long-term energy scenarios have been used as effective tools for energy planning by various governments. In the face of the clean energy transition, transformative change is envisioned not only within the energy sector and but also for society at large. Countries that have been using scenarios as a basis of long-term planning are increasingly aware that planning for the clean energy transition may demand a new level of complexity to the governance of the scenario planning process and in some cases, to the underlying modelling methodologies.
The use of energy scenarios in energy system master plans and integrated resource plans is common in the African continent. Some countries have planning teams within the government, while others rely on external consultancy while building internal capacity. Some countries have institutionalized their planning practices, while others tend to have a more ad-hoc approach.
Against this background, IRENA has hosted a network of energy scenario practitioners in the government sector, facilitating the exchanges of experiences in the development and the use of long-term energy scenarios for planning clean energy transition. The Long-term Energy Scenarios (LTES) Network currently comprises 26 country members and 10 technical partners, including Kenya from Africa.
This LTES-Africa Week will map scenario planning practices in 10 countries.
The LTES Africa Week features speakers from 10 African countries that have well established scenario-based planning practices. The country presentations will be made by senior government officials specialized in scenario-based planning. The presentations will be carried out in 5 sessions throughout the week.