Renewable energy in Morocco.. Adoption of new laws to support green projects (photos) - Energy

The renewable energy sector in Morocco is witnessing new and rapid developments, ranging from strong projects to provide clean and safe sources for citizens, and laws to protect and stimulate the progress and preservation of these projects.

Yesterday, Tuesday, May 17th, the Infrastructure, Energy and Minerals Committee of the Moroccan House of Representatives approved draft Law No. 40.19 to change and supplement Law No. 13.09 relating to renewable energies, and Law No. 48.15 relating to the regulation of the electricity sector and the creation of the National Authority for Electricity Regulation According to the website of the Authenticity and Modernity Party.

The law, which was ratified in 2022, in the presence of the Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, Leila Benali, came in line with the objectives of promoting renewable energy in Morocco, improving the business climate, enhancing transparency, and facilitating access to information related to investment opportunities.

The law also makes it possible to simplify the licensing procedures, especially with regard to reducing the period of legal procedures related to decisions on licensing applications, which will enhance the attractiveness of the renewable energy sector in Morocco for local and international private investment.

Objectives of the bill

The draft law also aims to maintain the economic and social balance of public actors in the electricity sector, promote industrial integration and contribute to the emergence of a national industrial and contracting fabric in the field of renewable energy technologies.

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Minister Laila Benali during the parliamentary committee session – photo from the Authenticity and Modernity Party’s Twitter page (May 17, 2022)

It also aims to improve the legislative and regulatory framework that governs the activity of implementing renewable energy projects in Morocco by the private sector, while ensuring the integrity of the national electrical system and the balance of all its components.

The Kingdom of Morocco seeks to enhance its capabilities in the fields of renewable energy, as it announced the start of joint cooperation in it, in addition to atomic energy, with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on May 9.

decarbonization goals

The Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, Leila Benali, said that decarbonizing industry is one of the new development goals, and the most important steps to achieve it are the development of clean energy, especially renewable energy in Morocco.

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Minister Laila Benali during the parliamentary committee session – photo from the Authenticity and Modernity Party’s Twitter page (May 17, 2022)

She explained, in a hypothetical speech by the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises, that the Kingdom enjoys a comparative advantage compared to other countries that have similar capabilities, thanks to the quality and importance of its qualifications in renewable energies, especially with regard to wind, solar and marine energies.

She pointed out that Morocco plans to put in place a new institutional architecture, with more openness to competition to produce competitive green energy, and encourage decentralized production to grant industrialists in particular, access to low-carbon electricity.

Cooperation with Saudi Arabia

The Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, Lily Benali, signed with Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, a memorandum of understanding in renewable energy, in addition to an agreement for cooperation in the peaceful uses of atomic energy.

The agreement aims to expand the field of renewable energy in Morocco, which recently sought to deploy solar power plants, to contribute 20% to its clean ambitions, and increase its share to 52% by 2030.

Morocco wants to add 10 gigawatts of renewable energy between 2018 and 2030; It is expected that solar power plants will contribute about 4.56 gigawatts of it, as the “Noor 2” program for solar energy was previously launched, in addition to the construction of new solar plants.

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