What propels the need for more effective and efficient energy management in Morocco?
- Energy demand is increasing by 6% annually in Morocco
- Reform measures are leading to a sharp increase in energy prices (petrol in winter, electricity at present, gas in the future): in 2014, the state decided to abolish subsidies for industrial fuel oil and premium petrol and to gradually lower the subsidy for diesel over the course of the year.
- Morocco imports 97% of its energy needs
- The national electricity and water office (ONEE) will no longer receive subsidies for the purchase of its fuel oil for power production. A programme contract was signed on 26 May 2014 between the state and ONEE for the years 2014-2017 with the aim of restoring ONEE's economic balance.This programme contract establishes the following increases in electricity prices:
- 6% annually for medium voltage
- 3% annually for high voltage
- More than 10% over the period for low voltage.
- An initial increase following that of 2009 came into effect on 1 August 2014 (in the amount of 7% for medium voltage) and the second followed on 1 January 2015. The next is scheduled on 1 January 2016.