Jordan is almost completely dependent on imported gas and oil for its energy needs. Until recently, favorable terms with neighboring fuel exporters insulated it from rising world prices. Consumers had little motivation to conserve or seek energy-efficient technologies. The situation is very different today however, as fuel costs have risen dramatically for Jordanians due to regional unrest, inconsistent supply of cheap natural gas from Egypt, and the inability of the government to continue to subsidize fuel due to other budgetary pressures.
A central part of USAID’s development assistance agenda in Jordan is ensuring a steady, affordable supply of energy for Jordan’s economic growth. Since 2008, we have helped establish incentives to promote better use of national energy resources; encourage Jordanian energy producers, utilities, and consumers to adopt best practices for energy efficiency; and develop alternative and/or renewable energy sources. Our newest programs focus on demand management through education. Pilot projects will support community energy initiatives and help determine the most effective means of changing how people and institutions consume electricity.
Our impacts in this sector include:
- Conducted a social marketing campaign that identified and promoted changes in behavior to better manage demand for and use of energy among young people, households and large energy consumers; and distributed public awareness and information materials on efficient energy practices and technologies.
- Established a professional association for Jordanian energy engineers, trained 50 as certified energy managers, and trained a core team of individuals to be trainers for improving energy efficiency at major institutions.
- Established a clean tech innovation cluster industry, with an incubator, capital network, and research and development center.
- Improved access to credit for energy efficiency efforts.
Last updated: May 10, 2013