National Energy Master Plan Development

Many countries around the world develop a national energy/electricity sector master plan. For the electricity sector, such plans are often called Integrated Resource Plan. A reliable and up-to-date master plan helps countries to create a stable and predictable investment environment, and provides a framework for the expansion of renewable energy deployment and the design of suitable energy/electricity sector  policies.

Energy system modelling allows system-wide policy assessments that consider supply security, energy access, affordability, environmental impact and financial constraints. IRENA offers support to countries for developing robust national energy master plans. IRENA support aims to build the relevant institutional capacity in partner countries through a series of trainings on the use of energy planning tools and scenario development. The ultimate objective is for the country to self-dependently prepare/update an energy master plan.

IRENA’s energy planning support utilizes the System Planning Tool (SPLAT) model, as adapted to the context and energy system of the respective country. SPLAT provides an energy supply optimization framework to a reference energy system and is developed by IRENA, on the basis of the MESSAGE software from International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). SPLAT models reflect the latest expert knowledge on resource availability and cost development trends for various renewable sources.

For the detail of ongoing country support programme to Swaziland, please visit these events .