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ECA is conducting a market assessment for off-grid lighting and energy for the IFC in Togo. As a part of the assignment we will review the main opportunities and challenges for the private sector in providing off-grid energy services and products, mainly focussing on supply-chain and operation challenges along with identifying key policy issues slowing private sector development. (Photo credit: Patrick Bentley/SolarAid).
ECA is providing off-grid electrification specialist inputs to NGO Millennium Promise, which has been engaged by the World Bank to develop a geospatial cost optimisation model for the electrification of Malawi. This model is to provide a first-order assessment of the extent to which different technologies (i.e. grid extension, mini-grids and solar home systems) are suitable to increase electricity access in the country given population settlement patterns, energy demand, existing network infrastructure and technology costs, among others.
We are advising the Energy & Minerals Regulatory Commission (EMRC) of Jordan on the setting of wheeling tariffs for renewable energy prosumers. As part of the AFD funded assignment we will review different regulatory approaches to wheeling, assess the financial impact on the single buyer and develop suitable tariff methodologies.
ECA has been appointed by DFID to carry out a study to assess the costs and benefits, plus market requirements of local manufacturing, assembly, and supply chain for the off-grid solar sector in Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia.
We are assisting the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), develop a Roadmap for the effective implementation of EEO schemes in its Countries of Operation. EEO schemes place a quantitative obligation on energy utilities for the delivery of verified energy efficiency measures by final consumers. Such schemes have many years of successful application in various jurisdictions around the world but remain largely new in Eastern Europe. ECA’s assistance (with the support of the Regulatory Assistance Project) is intended to identify common barriers and mitigation options in order to ramp up energy efficiency investment driven by these EEO schemes. The work is being undertaken as part of EBRD’s Regional Energy Efficiency Programme (Plus) managed by ECA.
The closure of GB’s largest gas storage facility (Rough) led to concerns among market observers and participants of supply shortages and increased GB gas price volatility. This viewpoint explores what sources replaced the supply gap left by Rough (and higher demand) and their impact on price volatility. We find that domestic production and increased EU imports – not LNG – filled the gap. While this does increase GB’s price exposure to the EU market but not necessarily its price volatility – pending future EU-GB gas trade arrangements. READ ECA VIEWPOINT HERE
A warm welcome to our new consultant, Mo Uddin, an economist with 5 years’ experience in the infrastructure and governance sector with a focus on infrastructure financing and delivery in complex environments. Mo has worked extensively in the UK, Nigeria, Pakistan and Sierra Leone, in energy, water and infrastructure finance. He joins us from Adam Smith International where he was a manager for the Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Facility.
We are delighted to announce the opening of ECA’s office in Athens, Greece. @Nick Haralambopoulos will be heading the team and we are looking forward to exciting opportunities for ECA to work more closely with our clients and associates in Greece and the wider region. We wish the new office καλή επιτυχία!
Headed by @Richard Bramley, our electricity experts and market modellers have developed an ECA in-house electricity dispatch model. WAIROA (meaning ‘long water’ in Maori) is easy to use and can simulate market scenarios quickly to project hourly system clearing prices, regional trade volumes and plant utilisation factors among many other outputs. It has been benchmarked against other dispatch models and already applied for market due diligence assignments, PPA reviews and regional power generation investment plans. For more details visit our website or contact Richard or @Fred Beelitz. Download WAIROA here.
ECA celebrated ‘Time to Talk’ day by holding a “Pot Luck Lunch” to raise awareness around mental health. Everyone baked\fried\roasted\procured their favourite food dish and a good chat was had by all. As one in four of us experience mental health needs at some point, it is likely you’re already working with people that may need your support. At ECA, the management team has always made considerable effort to support its employees. The ‘Time to Talk’ Pot Luck Lunch was a great way to bring the team together and openly discuss mental health issues, tackle the stigma and break the silence. We’re already looking forward to our next get together.