Morocco’s energy ministry encourages self production of electricity

Morocco’s energy ministry encourages self production of electricity

The Ministry of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development began promoting Law No. 82.21 on self-production of electric energy, which enables people, enterprises, and local communities to manufacture power based on sustainable energy sources.

Since its inception in June of last year, the new law has allowed individuals as well as public and private actors to create self-production facilities.

The law is in accordance with the new development model for decentralizing electricity production, creating a nation with a low carbon footprint, and boosting the competitiveness of the electrical industry.

The new law mandates the installation of smart meters in facilities, building storage facilities and using their services. It also makes it possible to get an original certificate of the sources of these renewable energy.

The new law stipulates that all networks may transfer electricity produced at one site to another, and 20% of self-production may be sold to the operators of all electrical networks as a surplus.

This ministerial decision was made considering Morocco’s historic energy consumption record on August 11, 2023, with approximately 7,310 megawatts consumed out of a total available capacity of around 8,300 megawatts, breaking the previous record set in 2022 by approximately 0.8%.

 The National Authority for Electricity Control will monitor the production process, the excess tariff, system services, and distribution services, as well as certify and publish the electric network’s absorptive capacity and grant approval, and licensing processes.

This law helps increase employment possibilities, encourage private sector investment in the sphere of power production at competitive rates, and increase sustainable development.

Following a week of record-breaking electricity use, Morocco is now confronted with the problem of reducing the strain on the national electrical grid, which can be accomplished through self-production.

The setting of a new record for power use coincides with subsequent heat waves, which raises the demand for energy use generally and in key economic sectors like tourism, agriculture, and fishing in particular.

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