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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.
In the context of DFID’s Energy Africa initiative to accelerate the expansion of the household solar market in Africa, ECA has been appointed to analyse the fiscal policy options available to support the solar home systems (SHS) market in Uganda.
ECA has been contracted by the Swaziland Energy Regulatory Authority (SERA) to develop a comprehensive electricity cost-of-service study for Swaziland. The work includes the preparation of a least-cost generation and transmission investment plan, allowed revenue forecasts, the development of a revised set of tariff structures, tariff setting methodologies and the determination of end-user tariffs.
In the context of EBRD’s Regional Energy Efficiency Programme (Plus) managed by ECA, we have been appointed together with partners BRE (UK), the Energy Saving Group (RS) and Karanovic & Nikolic Law Firm (RS) to support the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure to harmonise a subset of its secondary legislation and undertake other implementing actions consistent with the requirements of the EU’s Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).
ECA has been contracted by the EAC (the electricity regulator) in Cambodia to run a series of training workshops to cover economic and technical issues associated with the interconnection of solar generation with the central electricity grid.
ECA has been awarded a contract to support SIDA and the Swedish Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, to develop a support programme for Liberia’s developing mini-grid sector. This assignment will build on ECA’s widely-established experience in developing mini-grid support programmes, regulatory frameworks, and financing facilities across Africa.
ECA has been asked to provide support to Malawi’s national electricity utility, ESCOM, in the preparation and submission to the regulator (MERA) of its multi-year tariff covering the four-year control period 2018-2022. We had previously helped with a framework for outturn adjustments within the control period to comply with the tariff regulation issued by MERA at the end of 2016.