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The Consumer Council for Water (CCWater) recently published a report it commissioned from ECA to help inform the debate on the cost of capital in Ofwat’s next price review (PR19), which will set the prices that the England and Wales water companies can charge for the period 2020 to 2025. Commissioned and completed prior to Ofwat’s draft methodology for PR19, ECA’s report focused on the emerging quantitative evidence from the current price control period and expected developments at PR19 that might affect the cost of capital. Read the report HERE.
ECA has been contracted by the UK’s Consumer Council for Water to provide a training course to a selection of its local consumer advocates and board members. The course will cover essential background on the necessary skills to review water company financial performance and to engage with the companies and Ofwat in economic issues in Ofwat’s 2019 Price Review.
ECA has been selected to support Afghanistan’s Central PPP Authority (CPA) in drafting an Operations Manual, marking a further stage in ECA’s support to Afghanistan’s evolving PPP framework which previously included drafting the governing regulation, developing pilot projects and supporting CPA’s establishment. Under a concurrent assignment, ECA is also assisting CPA in establishing a PPP project pipeline and in preparing guidelines on the PPP process.
After finalising earlier in the year our comprehensive analysis of the regulatory requirements for mini-grids in Kenya, we have now been contracted by GIZ to assist the Energy Regulatory Commission to round off this work by drafting the formal legal Regulation for mini-grids. ECA will also draft guidelines to help private sector developers to understand the requirements of the Regulation, plus facilitate investment projects in renewable-based mini-grids in the remoter parts of Kenya.
Under the auspices of EBRD’s Regional Energy Efficiency Programme (Plus) managed by ECA, we have been appointed together with partners BRE to support the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning in Kosovo to finalise a subset of its secondary legislation and, specifically, that relating to minimum energy performance standards to support practical implementation of the requirements of the EU’s Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), and the corresponding primary law previously developed by ECA and its partners for Kosovo.
Mines have the potential to transform a country’s power sector, but often do not connect to the national grid because of the risks this creates. To prevent this opportunity being lost, Governments need to intervene and directly target these risks. READ ECA VIEWPOINT HERE
ECA has been asked to advise the Regulator’s Market Monitoring Unit strategy for reporting on and detecting potential for abuse in the new I-SEM market in which a gross pool market is being replaced by voluntary day ahead and intraday markets and a new balancing market where bidding and pricing strategies will be more complex.
ECA and its consortium partners from E Co Ltd are supporting the Ministry of Economy in Montenegro in the transposition of European Union Ecodesign regulations. The work will assist via a market readiness assessment, legal support for drafting regulations, plus implementation of monitoring, verification and enforcement protocols. This assignment is supported by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) through its West Balkan Regional Energy Efficiency Programme.
ECA is working with Kurrent Technologies of Kenya in an assignment to support Kenya’s Ministry of Energy and Petroleum and Energy Regulatory Commission with a review of the petroleum supply chain, focusing on the petroleum pricing formulae. The review will involve analysis of other countries’ regulatory frameworks, pricing model development, and consideration of environmental issues relevant to the supply chain.
We have been contracted by the World Bank to prepare a comprehensive investment prospectus for Kenya’s electricity sector. The purpose of the prospectus is to identify all investment needs for the sector, from large-scale generation and transmission, to off-grid and energy efficiency, for the period 2017-2020, and then to identify potential sources of funding to meet those needs.