Dynamics of Energy Transition in Morocco: Centralized versus Decentralized Options

El Mostafa J, Zejli D, & Komendantova N ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2568-6179 (2019). Dynamics of Energy Transition in Morocco: Centralized versus Decentralized Options. IIASA Working Paper. Laxenburg, Austria: WP-19-001

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Abstract

This paper is based on qualitative in-depth open question interviews with relevant stakeholders from public authorities, experts, NGOs as well as private sector organisations at the local, regional and national levels about their visions of centralized and decentralized energy transition options as a way of fulfilling the Morocco’s climate, energy, and regional development goals. The questions were around three big thematic blocks: vision of energy transition, discourse about centralized and decentralized energy solutions and participatory governance of energy transition. Key results highlighted the importance of awareness raising measures about costs and benefits of energy transition and available technological solutions. Such raising awareness programs also included the small-scale renewable energy projects realised in Morocco. The awareness rising and knowledge transfer projects are necessary to facilitate distributed deployment of renewable energy technologies. On the other hand, expectations about socio-economic development, including job creation processes and multiplier effects for local economies, are major drivers of social and public acceptance of large-scale renewable energy projects, including, concentrated solar power (CSP) stations. Awareness raising is also needed for local communities to facilitate participation in deployment of small-scale energy generation projects. The existing experience in Austria with distributed energy generation was discussed with the Moroccan stakeholders. There is a vivid interest of stakeholders in Morocco about the Austrian decision-making processes, namely, Climate and Energy Model (CEM) process, including the existing networks of CEM managers and opportunities for stakeholders’ engagement in frames of energy groups, existing in such regions as CEM Freistadt,.

Item Type: Monograph (IIASA Working Paper)
Research Programs: Advanced Systems Analysis (ASA)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2019 07:50
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2019 08:28
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/15781

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