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Senegal: Invigorating the country’s power sector

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Clear road map and action plan gives Senegal what it needs to modernize its power sector.

The challenge

Senegal aims to galvanize its power sector and grant every family access to reliable power by 2035.

But getting there takes careful planning.

That’s why the Government of Senegal and its partner, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), hired CPCS to develop a complete and practical roadmap for the country’s power sector.

What we did  

How we crafted Senegal’s energy roadmap: 

  • Identified challenges and opportunities in generation, transmission, distribution and rural electrification
  • Suggested reforms to attract private investment, accelerate electricity access and reduce overall costs
  • Indicated the roles and responsibilities of all sector entities 
  • Developed an action plan detailing the steps to modernize the power sector 

A project like this one is complex because reforms don’t work in isolation.

“We must design reforms as a cohesive package rather than looking at them individually,” says Clara Kayser-Bril, renewable energy expert at CPCS.

We proposed five viable strategies for stakeholders to choose from and presented them to hundreds of people at a national workshop. One in particular stood out.

Senegal is now driving towards 2035. 

Impact 

A plan for a tariff reform and for improving Senegal’s legal and regulatory framework is underway. The government, supported by MCC, now has a clear action plan to guide the modernization of its power sector.