Ethiopia Climate Innovation Center participated at the Strategic Climate Institutions Programme (SCIP) Fund lessons learning share fare event held on September 4th and 5th, 2014 at Ararat Hotel Addis Ababa. ECIC participation at the Share Fare includes presentations, videos, demonstrations of client products and other written materials.

The main objectives of the share fare event was providing information on possible CRGE scale up opportunities and potential sector interventions for future funding under the CRGE facility. The event is an opportunity for SCIP Fund projects to share the results, successes and challenges of their work. This climate change lesson learning event was co-hosted by MEF and the SCIP Fund. On the event an invited audience of Senior Government (CRGE Ministries), Donors and Development Partner actors interacted and observed project demonstrations and exhibits as well as participated in some formal SCIP Fund project results review activities.

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March 27, 2014 marked the official launch of the Ethiopia Climate Innovation Center (ECIC). The winners of the Proof of Concept competition were officially announced during the ECIC’s launch event at the presence of Dr. Tewoldeberhan G/Egziabher, Adviser to the Minister at The Ministry of Environment and Forests, Mr. Parminder P.S. Brar, Ethiopia Country Management Representative, The World Bank, Ms. Emma Williams, Team Leader for the Wealth Creation and Climate Change Team, The Department for International Development, and Mrs. Tove Stub, Deputy Head of Mission, Royal Norwegian Embassysenior representatives from the World Bank and the Ethiopian government.

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The Ethiopia Climate Innovation Center (ECIC) organized dialogue forum on the draft off-grid guidelines and methodology that is being considered by the Ethiopian Energy Authority (EEA). The dialogue forum was conducted at the Siyonat Hotel on June 16, 2015. Different stakeholders from government, NGO’s, university, entrepreneurs, ECIC client companies, and other concerned individuals participated on the discussion.

One of the ECIC’s core objectives is supporting favorable regulatory environment for climate technology entrepreneurs. Organizing national roundtable discussions between policymakers, private sector and civil society will enable to improve the policy framework around climate technologies, the development of the private sector and innovation. During 2014/15 the ECIC had conducted policy research on the private sectors’ engagement in micro hydropower development (MPH) and organized policy dialogue where policy makers, entrepreneurs and non-government organizations took part in the discussion. Realizing that the main challenges revolve around off-grid guidelines and methodology, this second follow on policy dialogue was initiated and organized by the ECIC.

The document prepared by European Commission Technical Assistance Facility for the "Sustainable Energy for All" initiative (SE4ALL) - Eastern and Southern Africa, on Tariff Guidelines and Methodology for Ethiopia was the central point of discussion by the participants. In Ethiopia, off-grid rural electrification is associated with areas which are not covered by grid electricity and is therefore complementary to grid rural electrification. In order to promote investment in off-grid electrification, the Government decided to establish robust legal and regulatory frameworks through the enactment of the Energy Proclamation No. 810/2013, which provided for the establishment of the Ethiopian Energy Authority (EEA). The Proclamation empowered the regulatory Authority to perform its role, regarding regulation of both grid-related and off-grid tariffs. The main objective of the document therefore, is to develop the guidelines and methodology to support the determination of transparent off-grid tariffs by EEA. The guideline also examined the regulatory actions and options which are available, in the event that an existing isolated mini-grid, is ‘enveloped’ or ‘absorbed’ by the main grid in future. This is to ensure that the necessary regulatory mechanisms are put in place so that the private sector is not dis-incentivised to invest in isolated mini-grids.

The roundtable discussion on the draft off-grid guidelines and methodology started by welcome speech by the CEO of the ECIC, Tehut Tesfaye. The CEO highlighted the vision and objectives of the ECIC and the need to organize discussion on the draft off-grid guidelines and methodology. Ato Getahun Moges, Executive Director of Ethiopian Energy Authority then briefed the participants on the feed-in tariff system in Ethiopia.

 

Following Ato Getahun’s briefing, the participants forwarded their comments and questions on the draft off-grid guidelines and methodology. After a short break, four panellists: Ato Dereje Walelign from Lydetco, Ato Samson Tsegaye from Solar foundation, Ato Biniam Tesfaye form Winsol and Mr.Rainer Hakal from GIZ presented on three main themes, challenges faced due to absence of off grid tariff, what is missing from the distributed document and their suggestions to the policy makers. The vibrant discussions, valuable suggestions and insights that were provided are expected to contribute to have well developed off-grid guidelines and methodology which incentivizes the private sector to involve in off-grid electricity generation.

The Ethiopia Climate Innovation Center (ECIC) has established a database of climate technology products, to increase entrepreneurial opportunity and awareness of technologies in the climate sector.

This database is intended to serve both producers and consumers.

The objectives of the database are to:

  • Support entrepreneurs in obtaining information on climate technology products which may assist in developing their product;
  • Facilitate networking and cooperation among entrepreneurs with similar technological objectives;
  • Link producers and consumers by making non-proprietary information on new products available through searching the ECIC website;
  • Facilitate consumer’s knowledge and awareness of specific technology products and of the market in general.
  • The database can also be useful in matchmaking activities between entrepreneurs, investors, service providers (e.g., intellectual property attorneys) and others who have an interest in learning about climate change products being developed in Ethiopia.

To peruse the data base, click here

 

ECIC is plugging into a much bigger worldwide meeting of the minds designed to strengthen the global economy. Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators, who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.

During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.

 

This year, ECIC and its GEW partners hosted events ranging from a Women’sSpecial Interest Group (WSIG) meeting, an Investors and Entrepreneurs Meet-up, and an Entrepreneur’s Pitch Competition. As a group of organizations that share common goals, we wanted to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week with opportunities for the local entrepreneurial community to network, share resources and celebrate each other’s successes.

ECIC provides a holistic set of early-stage financing, business support and capacity building services to the Ethiopian private sector, working to develop, launch and grow innovative climate technology ventures that promote Ethiopia’s Climate Resilience and Green Economy sponsored the competition.

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