Energy Efficiency in the Fès-Meknès Region : Diagnosing energy issues and institutionalizing practical frameworks

(FMEP : Fès-Meknès Energy Performance)

Workshop 1: Energy Efficiency: Principles, Stakes, and Identifying Needs

Fes-Meknes Energy Performance (FMEP) is a project funded by the regional council of Fes-Meknes whose aim is the improvement of the energy market in the tertiary and public lighting sectors. The project team’s first workshop took place last week at Al Akhawayn University. The team was pleased to host a number of curious commune presidents eager to learn about proper energy usage. The workshop’s aim was to define “energy efficiency”, and present all the challenges that Morocco as a country and Fes-Meknes as region can encounter at the energy level. The event was also an opportunity for the presidents to discuss the difficulties of paying electricity bills given the bills’ habitual annual increase.

By increasing awareness, and by implementing a regional strategy, FMEP hopes to promote a referential framework that would facilitate energy transition and increase performance at the regional level.

The research team’s next step is taking into consideration all the presidents’ concerns, and offering other workshops that focus more on the practical solutions that can be implemented by each commune in order to reduce their energy consumption for buildings and public lighting. Regional energy efficiency has become a must now that energy prices and population are simultaneously increasing. FMEP is trying to help the Fes-Meknes communes by giving them the knowledge necessary to smoothly embrace energy transition.