May 2021- Algiers, Algeria : - Quality energy data remain an important requisite for sound energy policies and strategies needed to accelerate energy development in Africa. With a growing population, increase in energy demand and severe climate change challenges across Africa and globally, it is necessary for the continent to devise concrete actions aimed at addressing energy data needs. To achieve this, solid concerted efforts across all Member States and regional institutions are being developed to deal with the identified challenges hindering the transformation of the African energy sector.

For the past two years, the African Energy Commission (AFREC) has been working to improve the African Energy Information System (AEIS), a stepping stone to enhance the availability and quality of energy data, providing insightful information necessary for energy policy actions, understating of energy production and consumption in Africa, at national and regional level. The improvement of the database necessitated the development of various new energy data management tools, with the objective to improve energy data collection questionnaires for energy balance, energy efficiency, prices and power plants necessary for Member States to record and report data on the AEIS.

To supplement such efforts, AFREC organised series of regional training workshops, to support Member State’s capacity in handling and processing energy data at national level. The commencement of the first virtual capacity building programme took place on 0n 18 and 20 May 2021, to train African Union (AU) Member states national Focal Points on the new energy balance data collection questionnaire. The training focused on how to use and complete the energy balance questionnaire, understanding its functionality and provide an opportunity for member states to share practical options underlined in composition of the questionnaire. The training also provided an opportunity for the Focal Points to further recommend improvements required in the questionnaire where necessary.

Fifty one (51) member states represented by a total of 91 energy statisticians participated in the training. These Statisticians will also be further trained on the usage of other additional data management questionnaires, which includes: User interface and data visualisation tools for the new AEIS, Energy efficiency questionnaire, Energy prices questionnaire and Power plants questionnaire, to ensure all aspects of the data management tools are thoroughly covered and that, data collected meet the standard required quality, reliable and responds to the need of the national, regional and continent priority actions.


About the Energy Balance in Africa

The African energy balance report provide insights into raw and processed statistics on energy supply, transformation and consumption for all African countries. The data is collected by National Focal points in AU Member states and processed by the African Energy Commission (AFREC), using the new continental energy database, the African Energy Information System (AEIS).

The energy balance assists Member states, and regional, continental and international stakeholders to plan and make informed decisions related to energy development and providing accessibility to the African people in cognisant of energy as scarce commodity in Africa.

AFREC produces the energy balance report annually. The publication provides a comprehensive information on energy balance for numerous indicators for AU Member states. The annual energy balance is available in soft and hard copy. Other energy data publications produced by AFREC are: The African Key Energy Statistics, African Energy Database, African Energy Efficiency and the African Energy Sector Transition. All publications are accessible at

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