Productive use of energy: Enhancing green growth

In line with this outlook, productive use of energy (PUE) – commonly defined as agricultural, commercial and industrial activities powered by clean energy and having direct input into the production of goods or provision of services – has over the years been gaining momentum as the outcome is far too great to go unnoticed.

Load forecasting refers to the accurate prediction of the power demand within a given planning time frame. There are three load forecast time frames, with each forecast horizon playing a critical role in the overall planning of the business, as can be seen in Table 1.

In line with this outlook, productive use of energy (PUE) – commonly defined as agricultural, commercial and industrial activities powered by clean energy and having direct input into the production of goods or provision of services – has over the years been gaining momentum as the outcome is far too great to go unnoticed.

Load forecasting refers to the accurate prediction of the power demand within a given planning time frame. There are three load forecast time frames, with each forecast horizon playing a critical role in the overall planning of the business, as can be seen in Table 1.

EEP Africa, a clean energy finance facility managed and hosted by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) with funding from Austria, Finland and NDF, has been active in promoting PUE projects in Southern and East Africa.

As the focus on clean energy solutions for productive use has increased, the Fund has supported early stage innovation with a view towards demonstrating both impact and viability for other investors. The productive use solutions that have been financed are diverse, ranging from providing solarpowered illumination to community markets to developing biogas-powered minigrids and refrigeration units. When they were initially financed by EEP Africa, most of the projects (almost 80%) were in a pilot or demonstration phase but many have now become market leaders in productive use.

As the focus on clean energy solutions for productive use has increased, the Fund has supported early stage innovation with a view towards demonstrating both impact and viability for other investors. The productive use solutions that have been financed are diverse, ranging from providing solarpowered illumination to community markets to developing biogas-powered minigrids and refrigeration units. When they were initially financed by EEP Africa, most of the projects (almost 80%) were in a pilot or demonstration phase but many have now become market leaders in productive use.

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