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RECoN urged to bridge RE stakeholders
First AGM concluded Renewable Energy Confederation of Nepal (RECoN) had orgnised its first annual general meeting on Friday December 22, 2017 at Dhulikhel.

The meeting was inaugurated by Former Minister Er. Ganesh Shah. On the occasion chief guest Shah said that the confederation should be able to collaborate with the government agencies and other institutions including private sector in strengthening the knowledge management and work force for the desire development and delivery of renewable energy technologies to all citizens. The existing systems and the style now have been needed to be renovated to suite with the changes in the constitutional provisions and desires of the end-users of the energy. He also stressed that every citizen should have opportunities on knowledge on modern form of energy, access to energy and investment for energy.

Mr.Nawa Raj Dhakal, the director at Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC) elaborating the achievements of AEPC in its 21 years lauded the private sector for the meaningful involvement as partnership in alternative energy promotion. The movement should be further strengthened in the present context where private sector could play more important roles by taking part in entrepreneurship as well. As such, role of the confederation should be well off in lobby, advocacy, opinion building and knowledge sharing with experts, professional and the commoners, Dhakal opined.      

On the occasion, Mr. Balanand Paudel who headed the Local Body Restructuring Commission said that the renewable energy movement must pay attentions to work with federal government, provincial governments and local governments so as maximum plans and programmes could be carried out. The local bodies have become much instrumental in promotion of renewable energy technologies also and they need to avail adequate knowledge on renewable energy technologies. He also stressed the need of renewable energy to develop for the economic prosperity of country and people.

Analysing the vulnerable condition of energy generation is in country at present situation Paudel said that the there is high risk from the point of view of national economy. Thus, the course of interdependency may be preferred and this has to be taken seriously. Improvement in energy generation drive also has to carry the spirit of energy mix for the energy security for the futurists approach, Paudel opined.

He also remarked that the cost of energy generation may be reduced by scaling up efficiency level. Private sector which has to be the most active segment must not be undermined in the course of national development. This sector longs for rightful profit against the service and entrepreneurship, Paudel said.

Mr. Nabin Bhujel, private sector entrepreneur said that time has come to private sector to be integrated to avail the best of technologies at affordable price. The confederation, therefore, needs to play bridging role for lobby, advocacy and opinion building of the stakeholders including government, non-government, private sector and professionals as well.

Climate change expert and lobbyist Mr. Manjeet Dhakal presented the activities and outcomes of the CoP 23, the global event recently organized in Bonn, Germany. He described the Nepal position and the possible benefits and support to be extended to Nepal. Private sector should put efforts in tapping the funding opportunities in climate change for the renewable energy promotion in Nepal, he explained.

The agm programme was presided over by chairperson of RECoN Guna Raj Dhakal. The meeting discussed and endorsed the progress reports presented by of General Secretary Padam Dulal and Treasurer Hasta Pandit. The meeting also approved the plan of actions of RECoN for the coming year.

The agm unanimously elected the executive office bearers and members for two years where Mr. Guna Raj Dhakal has been elected as the chairman and Mr. Uttam Sitaula, Mr. Padam Dulal and Mr. Hasta Pandit were elected  for the post of vice chairman, general secretary and treasurer respectively. The executive committee members elected are Mr. Krishna Prasad Devkota, Mr. Tej Narayan Tahkur, Mr. Reeshab Raj Acharya, Mr. Gokul Gautam, Mr. K.R. Khanal, Mr. Bishwaraj Karki and Mr Krishna Prasad Parajuli were elected for the posts of executive committee members.

Renewable Energy Confederation of Nepal (RECoN) is a common forum of associations of private sector involved in supplying and delivering alternative energy service and NGOs involved in promotion of alternative energy in Nepal. It works as an umbrella organization of associations of private sector who are committed to lobby and advocacy and are highly dedicated in enabling environment to safe guard the rights and wellbeing of professionals and practitioners involved in renewable energy value chain.

Before the formal registration, RECoN was active as Renewable Energy Coordination Committee (RECC) for six years in strengthening the private sector dedicated to available renewable energy technologies to the users and users' communities. The people residing at remote hills, mountains, high mountains and Terai and urban areas are benefitted with the technologies availed.

RECoN had recently initiated dialogues with experts, professionals, academia in RE sectors which turned out to be a successful event in finding out gaps and practicable and appropriate solutions for the future course of action in renewable energy value chain. RECoN is also committed to put forward the promising ideas and opinions produced from the interactions and discussions to policy making and planning authorities.

RECoN plans for working together with international and national organisations for betterment of renewable energy in Nepal and share knowledge and experience in the country and abroad. Thus, the confederation has initiated collaboration with development partners to create synergy in boosting renewable energy technology.

In this process RECoN has been collaborating Center for Rural Technology (CRT) Nepal in the project titled “Green and Inclusive Energy (GIE) Programme (Nepal Project)” which aims to strengthen the lobby and advocacy capacity of CSO’s in low and lower middle income countries. ENERGIA and IIED are implementing partners of the GiE programme. 

(By Ranjitkar. P. Narayan)

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