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Case Study on Policy Reforms to Promote Renewable Energy in Morocco

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Being the largest energy importer in North Africa, Morocco is faced with the challenging task of meeting rising local energy demand while keeping its import bill under control. Facing these challenges, the Moroccan Government developed in 2009 the National Energy Strategy which focuses on optimizing the fuel mix in the electricity sector, accelerating the development of energy from renewable sources, especially wind, solar and hydropower, making energy efficiency a national priority and promoting a greater regional market integration.

Based on this strategy, the targets set in 2009, for renewable energy in Morocco, were 42% of installed capacity by 2020 (or 6,000 MW). These targets were revised in 2015 to become 52% (or 12,900 MW) by 2030. The present case study aims to provide decisionmakers, project developers and other actors involved in the renewable energy sector with an analysis of the renewable energy policies and regulatory frameworks that were applied in Morocco to support this strategy, and deduce the lessons learned from that experience.