ECOWAS (Batı Afrika Devletleri Ekonomik Topluluğu) Ülkelerinde Yenilenebilir Enerji Politikasıyla İlişkili Olarak Yenilenebilir Enerji Potansiyeli
The members of ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) have most of its
rural and even urban population lacking proper access to constant electricity which is hampering its socio-economic development. ECOWAS member states are also experiencing rapidly rising growth energy demand due to growing population and industrialisation. ECOWAS, in dealing with these challenges recognizes the global paradigm shift from conventional energy to renewable energy sources.
Therefore, many member countries are enforcing policies to improve their energy generation especially as regards to renewable energy production.
The renewable energy potential and of four member countries of ECOWAS; Nigeria, Ghana, Mali and Senegal. Considering five renewable resources Solar, Wind, Biomass, Hydro and Geothermal.
The resources potential compared with renewable energy policies of each of this countries found that; Nigeria, Ghana and has Senegal have good renewable energy policies that focuses on their strengths while Mali seems to be lacking in policies to directly improve this resource.
All of the ECOWAS countries considered have very good Solar, Wind and Biomass potential however only Nigeria has very good Hydro potential.
While no country amongst the ECOWAS countries considered has any policy to improve the utilization of their geothermal resources, the study shows that Nıgeria and Senegal show the most promise in development of this resource.
The presenter received his B.Sc. degree in Physics with Electronics from Crawford University, Ogun state -Nigeria in 2009. He completed his MSc. In Electrical and Electronics Engineering from European University of Lefke in 2013 He is now doing his PhD. Energy Systems Engineering in Cyprus International University, Nicosia- North Cyprus