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The purpose of the ECOWAS Regional Renewable Energy Poilcy (EREP) is to ensure increased use of renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, small-scale hydro and bioenergy for grid electricity supply and for the provision of access to energy services in rural areas.  The EREP scenario will complement other important conventional sources for power production (e.g. large hydro and natural gas).  The policy primarily focuses on the electricity sector, but also considers some additional issues regarding the use of heat in the domestic energy sector and the potential production of biofuels.  The gender-balanced policy aims also at promoting job creation and business development throughout the value chain of renewable energy technologies (e.g. manufacturing, installation and construction, operation and maintenance).

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