From: Toufik Bougaada, SciDevNet, More from this Affiliate
Published January 20, 2011 09:37 AM

Algeria plans rapid green energy ramp-up

[ALGIERS] Algeria is aiming to generate 40 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020, energy minister Youcef Yousfi has announced. About 60 renewable energy projects will be launched to give a capacity of 3,000 megawatts, hetold a press conference held to announce the strategy (2 January).

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"The main purpose of this new policy is to prepare the country for the post-petrol era," Yousfi said. Currently, fossil fuels account for 96 per cent of export revenue, and are the basis of the national economy. The country hopes to supplement this revenue from exports of renewably sourced energy.

"Algeria has been late in developing the renewable energy sector, but by stepping up the launch of projects we can catch up," said Omar Bouhadjar, research manager at Algeria's Centre for Development of Renewable Energies (CDER). "Important projects were announced last month that will support the new Algerian strategy," he added.

But legislators were forced to postpone a discussion of a draft of the renewable energy development strategy, due to take place on 4 January, because of political disturbances.

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