M. Leila Benali: Law on Self-Generating Electrical Energy Will Positively Impact National Economy

The Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, Leila Benali, stressed on October 19 in Rabat, that law 81.21 on self-generating electrical energy will have a positive impact on the national economy and the job market.

Intervening via video at a webinar organized by the Ministry under the theme: “From Vision to Implementation: A New Redesign to Accelerate the Energy Transition”, Minister Benali stated that this law will result in the generation of new job opportunities in the fields of design, construction, operation, and maintenance of self-generation facilities by small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs).

The Moroccan official explained that law 82.21 ensures transparency for investors, particularly industrialists, by strengthening the role of the National Electricity Regulatory Authority (ANRE) in setting tariffs for distribution and surplus services, as well as for access to the network, noting that this law provides a favorable climate for private investment in Morocco’s electricity and renewable energy sectors.

The minister further added that this law aims to encourage decentralized production, as one of the objectives of the New Development Model (NDM), and guarantee access to competitive electricity throughout Morocco, stressing that the regulations will create a favorable climate for all citizens wishing to produce electricity and consume it themselves, exclusively to satisfy their own needs.

According to the Minister of Energy Transition, private sector development of energy storage facilities will be possible for the first time, especially for electrical energy generated from renewable sources, as will the provision of storage services.

The Moroccan official shed light on Law 40.19 amending and supplementing Law 13.09 on renewable energies, which is in line with national policies aimed at improving the business climate, enhancing transparency, facilitating access to information on investment opportunities, and speeding up authorization procedures, notably by reducing the statutory time required to process applications.

Benali further added that the law would contribute to promoting the renewable energies sector as more attractive to local and international private investment, and accelerating the emergence of a national ecosystem specialized in renewable energy technologies.

For their part, webinar participants praised the participatory approach adopted by the Ministry to involve different players and stakeholders and seek their concrete recommendations, which will foster the development of the renewable energies sector, strengthen self-generation, and improve competitiveness, subsequently creating a positive economic dynamic.

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