16 October 2017 | Article
IRENA provides regional training workshops on best practices in energy transition planning and grid integration of variable renewables using energy modelling tools. Regional training workshops on long-term energy transition planning have been provided in different African sub-regions and on power sector planning with variable renewables in South America.
In Africa, the trainings were based on IRENA’s System Planning Test (SPLAT) models that have been developed, and are regularly updated, for the five regional power pools in Africa. SPLAT models can be readily used by regions and individual countries for energy planning, allowing policy makers to assess least-cost investment options in light of policy goals, trade, affordability, CO2 targets, or to plan transboundary transmission lines. The trainings benchmarked results for power sector development from the respective regional power pool reports.
The regional trainings serve to familiarize countries with the importance, best practices and tools of energy planning. Regional trainings can often motivate requests from individual participant countries, for bilateral support to energy master plan development.
The following past regional training events in the area of energy planning were provided by IRENA.
Regional training workshops on energy transition planning in Africa:
IRENA-ECREEE Energy Planning Capacity-Building Programme with West Africa:
Regional workshop on power sector planning with variable renewables in South America: