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Despite the delays brought by COVID-19, many see 2020 as the year of renewables for Mozambique. The country has been increasingly paying attention to how the green energy sector has developed across Africa, lead to a call for change and action, spearheaded by the Mozambican private sector and its civil society and supported by international donors.
This coincided with the launch, in November 2018, of the government's plan Energia Para Todos (ProEnergia), which aims to extend universal energy access to the whole population by 2030. Approximately 66% of Mozambicans still have no access to the grid, while many neighboring countries rely on Mozambique for energy exports; all of this represents an enormous opportunity to diversify the energy matrix and develop renewables.
With only 10 years to go, there is palpable excitement in the air, but still a lot to define. How will the sector be regulated and opened to investors? How and what type of renewables can contribute to tapping the off-grid population in such a vast country? What is the private sector's role and how can dialogue with the government be improved?
With all that in mind, The Business Year is excited to dedicate its first digital roundtable in Mozambique to the “Rise of Green Energy," creating a platform to outline the priorities for the private sector and articulate a vision for the future of the sector.
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Emmett Costel currently serves as the Co-Founder and Secretary General of AMER and a Business Strategy Associate at ENGIE-Fenix International. He has over 10 years of experience in various roles in the development, social enterprise, and impact investing sectors, serving as director of Epsilon Energia Solar and as a consultant on various projects in Mozambique, the Netherlands, Kenya, Portugal, and the US. With comprehensive local knowledge of the Mozambican market, he leads business development for new ventures and supporting the commercial development of renewable energy projects and businesses in both on-grid and off-grid energy. He holds a bachelor's degree from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and an executive certificate course from the University of Cape Town's Graduate School of Business.
Olga Utchavo Madeira is the Director - Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency at Electricidade de Moçambique, EP (EDM). She graduated as an electrical engineer in Cuba. With nine years of experience working at EDM, she has worked in different areas, from roles in protections, operations, and system planning to head of the Department of Transmission System Planning. In her current role, she is responsible for the development of renewable energy, on- and off-grid systems, and also energy efficiency. She was part of the working group that drafted key strategic documents for the energy sector, namely the Master Plan for Energy Infrastructure 2018-2043, the National Electrification Strategy, and EDM 10-Year Strategy. From a management point of view, she represented EDM as a non-executive board member on the Lupata Hydro Power Plant Project, which has a capacity of 600MW, from June 2017 to May 2019. Since 2019 she has also represented EDM as a non-executive board member at the Central Solar Metoro, PV project, which will have a capacity of 41MW when complete.
Mário Batsana is an accomplished senior energy specialist with almost 20 years of experience in the energy sector. He has a master's degree in business and administration. During his career, he has worked at organizations such as FUNAE. He joined the AfDB in 2019 as the Country Senior Energy Specialist, and his role is to coordinate, identify, and maintain the entire energy portfolio in the country and some projects in the region.
Boris Atanassov is the founding director of GreenLight, a Mozambique-based consulting firm specializing in energy and environment. He holds a master of science from the Stockholm University focusing on energy development. He has over 12 years of experience in developing feasibility studies, market research, policy analysis, environmental impact assessments (EIAs), institutional capacity building, fund administration, and management projects within the mentioned fields. Notable projects include: technical assistance to The Renewable Energy Auction Program in Mozambique (PROLER); a solar energy PPP in Southern Mozambique; a cotton waste-to-energy project in Cuamba district; A hydro electrification project in Niassa; as well as the introduction of ethanol cook-stoves to the Mozambican market.
Pierpaolo is the Country Editor for The Business Year: Mozambique 2020. Before his current experience, he successfully completed projects in Jamaica, Dominic Republic, and Lebanon.