Building capacity and coordination around energy systems planning and modelling

Thursday, May 3rd: 16:00 - 17:30 - Alfama

HOST: Department for International Development, UK

The session will be divided into two parts. During the first part, representatives of various government departments and agencies will be invited to give their perspectives on energy sector decision-making, and share their experiences of the role of data, tools and models in the energy planning process. These government speakers will then be joined by additional panellists from a variety of institutions involved in supplying these kinds of data, technical expertise, tools and models. These will include representatives of donor, technical and private sector institutions.

Together, the panel will explore the challenges governments face in strategic energy planning. Topics will include:

* Problems that can occur in the absence of good planning
* What constitutes good planning
* How demand-led capacity building can meet the needs of in-country and regional institutions
* Role of open-source data, tools and models
* Coordination and cross-institutional working

Panelists will propose concrete steps to build capacity around energy planning, and improve the way decision-support tools are created, accessed and maintained. The session will involve structured Q&A involving audience participation using a polling app.

William Blyth Senior Research Fellow UK Department for International Development
Deb Chattopadhyay Power System Planning Group Lead World Bank
Vijay Modi Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Director, Infrastructure Programs, Millennium Villages Project Earth Institute, Columdia University
Robert Nyamvumba Energy Division Manager Ministry of Infrastructure, Rwanda
Elizabeth Press Director of Planning and Programme Support International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Daniel Schroth Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) Africa Hub Coordinator African Development Bank
Faruk Yusuf Yabo Renewable Energy and Rural Power Access, Ministry of Power, Nigeria Assistant Director