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After successfully assisting Malaysia’s Energy Commission, Suruhanjaya Tenaga, to develop the guidelines required for the determination of gas facilities tariff under an Incentive-Based Regulation (IBR) Framework, ECA has been contracted to assist in facilitating the submissions of licensees and preparing the responses as part of the first regulatory period which will determine the allowed tariff for the utilisation of gas facilities.
ECA Director, Nick Haralambopoulos was one of the instructors at the first Educational Workshop organised by the Energy Regulators Regional Association on Gas Transmission Tariff Setting in Budapest, Hungary on 6-8 May 2019. Nick’s presentation navigated participants through the ‘treacherous path’ of setting allowed revenues for regulated gas transmission companies, including an assessment of whether ensuring certainty and cost-recovery for the regulated entities can be reconciled with efficiency objectives and the sharing of cost savings with network users. The session was attended by regulatory and transmission company staff from various countries including Brazil, Croatia, Denmark, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Thailand and Turkey.
Safe sanitation services and facilities are basic human rights and many still do not have access to them. ECA not only supports development agencies, plus countries, in developing sanitation policies and regulation (read more here), we have also recently subscribed to “Who gives a crap”. Now our London office receives environmentally friendly recycled toilet paper, while supporting a company that gives 50% of their profits to charity to provide sanitation facilities and services around the world.
In accordance with the Energy Efficiency Law, transposing the Energy Efficiency Directive for Contracting Parties to the Energy Community, Kosovo is due to develop a Building Renovation Strategy. The EBRD, under the REEP Plus policy dialogue window, has appointed ECA to assist the Ministry of Economic Development with the development of the Strategy, including the provision of support for making the required policy decisions, subject to the provisions of the Energy Efficiency Law.
As part of its obligations under the transposed Energy Efficiency Directive for Contracting Parties to the Energy Community, Kosovo is considering the establishment of an Energy Efficiency Obligation scheme in line with its recently adopted Energy Efficiency Law. ECA has been contracted by the EBRD under its framework agreement for Energy Efficiency Policy Dialogue, “REEP Plus”, to help Kosovo understand its options and design a scheme that is compliant and appropriate to the Kosovan context.
ECA has been contracted by Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) in Jamaica to provide expert advice on tariff designs for the electricity sector.
ECA led a full-day workshop in April for stakeholders from The Gambia, on key issues for the proposed mini-grid policy and regulatory framework which ECA is developing for the country. Stakeholders came from the Government of The Gambia, NAWEC (the national electricity and water company), PURA (the electricity regulator), the private sector, civil society, and the donor community. Financial support for the assignment is from the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa.
ECA has been contracted by the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) to develop a framework and implementable roadmap for the establishment of a Regional Energy Regulatory Authority for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Region.
ECA is adapting its WAIROA© power system simulation/optimisation tool to provide IFC with a simplified version of the model to be used by IFC to scrutinise potential power sector investments in the 12 countries of the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP). WAIROA© can be downloaded here.
National Grid has legally separated out electricity system operation. In the press, this is hailed as the opportunity to make generation zero carbon – surely the separation was unnecessary for that. What is needed is the harder task of efficiency in the trade-off of investment in network against cost of congestion management. There was talk of Competitively Appointed Transmission Owners (CATOs), but several questions about this need to be explored. This viewpoint asks the questions: are there real benefits for the consumer from a more complex regulatory structure for transmission ownership and operation and how can these benefits be realised? READ ECA VIEWPOINT HERE