Promoting a climate-friendly electricity market in the ECOWAS region (ProCEM)

Project description

Title: Promotion of a Climate-friendly Electricity Market in the ECOWAS Region (ProCEM)
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Co-funded by: European Union
Country: ECOWAS member states
Lead executing agency: ECOWAS Commission
Overall term: 2018 to 2021



Since 2010, insufficient and unreliable electricity supply has seriously hampered development in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region. Only about 42 per cent of the region’s population have access to electricity. A common regional electricity market for the 15 ECOWAS member states could go towards increasing the cross-border use of renewable energy and other clean energy resources and could stabilise the electricity supply.

The current programme is built on valuable achievements from the previous programme phase (2013 - 2017), which worked to create the framework conditions for renewable energy in the region.


The key conditions for a climate-friendly electricity market in the ECOWAS region are improved.

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ProCEM focuses on the following three intervention areas: promotion of renewable energy, promotion of energy efficiency, and the functionality of the regional electricity market. The programme is implemented in cooperation with three regional institutions: the West African Power Pool (WAPP), the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), and the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERERA).

ProCEM follows a multi-level and multi-actor approach. It is divided into three fields of action: promotion of renewable energies, promotion of energy efficiency and functionality of the regional electricity market, which includes capacity development. It combines technical, methodological and process advice for the implementing partners with measures to promote the implementation of regional targets at national level. The partners and regional/national actors are strengthened in their functions.

ProCEM’s gender-equality strategy focuses on improving the role of women in the labour market for the energy sector, as well as and in decision-making processes.

Last update: August 2021