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This assignment follows previous (2013-2014) efforts to partially privatise the two largest water utilities in Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece (where ECA was the appointed tariff adviser). The purpose is to explore the options available to the Greek state for maximising its shareholder interests in the two businesses considering an earlier Council of State decision that a majority share sale was unconstitutional, the business environment of the two entities and overseas experience with different operational models. ECA is specifically providing support in reviewing EU water and sewerage markets and identifying alternative delivery options.
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.
The European Target Model for the electricity market emphasises market coupling – to bring cross-border competition – and a liquid day ahead market (DAM) to set a reference price for trading. READ ECA VIEWPOINT HERE
ECA will be assisting DFID by analysing the efficiency of different aid-supported programs for providing electricity through solar-home-systems (SHS) to unelectrified rural households in Tanzania. The work will compare the different implementation and business models for private off-grid solar PV and assist Tanzania to offer SHS through cost-effective measures to its rural population.
The Consumer Council for Water has contracted ECA to conduct an analysis of the financial performance of the England & Wales water companies. The analysis, covering the current price control period (from 2015), will include turnover, profits, dividends, and performance against regulated allowances.