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We welcomed in February by holding a ‘Time to Talk’ lunch to help raise awareness around mental health. Our staff enjoyed a variety of home-made and locally produced food dishes, supplemented with conversation on mental health issues. As one in four of us experience mental health needs in our lives it is likely fellow work colleagues may need help and guidance, so the ‘Time to Talk’ lunch was a great way to bring the team together to openly discuss mental health issues, share information in an informal setting, plus offer our support.
ECA is continuing its engagement in Lebanon by supporting the Government in drafting an Energy Policy White Paper. We are building on our experience in the electricity sector where we are advising on tariff design and in the gas sector, where we supported Lebanese Petroleum Administration (LPA) in the development of a gas market and infrastructure development plan in 2017.
ECA has been contracted by the World Bank to support the Government of Sierra Leone undertake the necessary analysis, remove barriers and build capacity for unlocking the potential of grid-scale solar PV in the country.
Rooftop solar is booming in both developed and developing countries. Rooftop solar reduces greenhouse gas and other emissions from conventional power generation. However, utilities are concerned that their reduced revenues exceed their cost savings and often they are not compensated for this loss. READ ECA VIEWPOINT HERE
A warm welcome to our new consultant, John Paparistodemou, who joins us from National Grid where he has worked in both the Great Britain System Operator and in Market Fundamentals within Corporate Strategy. He has 7 years’ experience in the energy sector with a focus on electricity market analysis and modelling of Great Britain and Europe as well as Network Operations and Development in Great Britain . He is a Chartered Engineer and holds an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development from Cambridge University.
We also welcome our new colleague, Nicolas Jacob, a consultant with 5 years’ experience across the value chain of major European power and gas companies with a focus on strategic analyses for long term portfolio activities. More recently, Nicolas also had the chance to work in marketing and sales departments where he helped the development marketing models and tools. Nicolas has worked mostly in Belgium but his consultancy bureau took him to various European capitals. He joins us from EDF Luminus (Belgian branch of EDF group) where he was a analyst for the B2B marketing department.
The EU’s updated Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) retains Article 7, which requires Member States to implement an Energy Efficiency Obligation (EEO) scheme, or eligible Alternative Measures, capable of delivering a set quantity of energy savings via energy efficiency measures. The EC’s Impact Assessment cites the cost effectiveness of EEO schemes and the large outstanding economic potential for future savings as key justifications for the extension that takes new targets out to 2030. This seems logical but does raise the question – does the policy encourage the development of a market in energy services on a commercial footing, which may enable a future ‘exit plan’? READ ECA VIEWPOINT HERE
ECA has been contracted by DFID to conduct a prefeasibility study for the electrification of 30 off-grid sites in Mozambique. The results of the study will be used to provide recommendations regarding the most appropriate investment and operation model for off-grid systems across the Mozambican market.
ECA has been commissioned to conduct a global survey and analyse financing trends in the power sector for the International Energy Agency CCC. The assignment will analyse which lenders, investors and regions are continuing to invest in coal power.
ECA are providing advisory services to the Palestine Electricity Transmission Ltd in negotiation of a power purchase agreement (PPA) for a 200 MW CCGT plant to be located in the West Bank.