Energy Challenges

In Morocco, more than 95% of the electricity is produced using imported fossil fuels. The energy bill increased from 21 to 71 billion dirhams from 2003 to 2008 and the demand for energy continues to grow at a pace of 6% per year. Furthermore, we are witnessing a steady deterioration of the environment resulting from escalating greenhouse gas emissions.

To ensure the sustainable development of our country, it is necessary to secure access to energy at affordable prices while minimizing the impact of its production and consumption on the environment.

“In our effort to secure our energy supply, we must stress how important it is to diversify energy sources, mobilize renewable resources, step up oil and gas exploration, put relevant emphasis on oil shale and promote energy efficiency. The latter is now seen as a major energy conservation factor which we consider as a top priority.Extract from the message from His Majesty King Mohammed VI - First National Energy Conference, March 5, 2009.

Through the Ministry of Energy’s National Priority Action Plan, Morocco has set two goals by 2020:

  • Reduce energy consumption by 12-15%
  • Cover up to 40% of the electricity needs of our nation by renewable energies.

In order to achieve tangible results, businesses, government, cities, NGOs and individuals are expected to participate to this national effort: "This plan is part of a strategic long term vision whose implementation requires the mobilization of all productive forces of the nation. "Extract from the message from His Majesty King Mohammed VI- First National Energy Conference, March 5, 2009.

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