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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.
ECA has been contracted to review and update Uganda’s Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariffs Phase III for Electricity Regulatory Authority. This project follows multiple other REFiT updates and reviews conducted by ECA in the last few years in Southern and Eastern Africa.
David Williams of ECA joined the ERRA team to provide a multi-day training course in Muscat. David led discussions on wholesale energy market pricing, renewable energy procurement, plus retail tariff design. Thanks go to OPWP for their generous hospitality and strong engagement during the event.
In October, the Isle of Man’s parliament (the High Court of Tynwald – the world’s oldest continuous parliament) agreed to recommendations set out in Manx Utilities’ Pricing Strategy. The recommendations, covering electricity, sewerage and water charges, were based (in full or part) on those set out in a report by ECA which covered charging principles, tariff design and a framework for updating charges. See the report here.
At the recent APEC summit in Port Moresby, leaders from the USA, Japan, Australia and New Zealand pledged support for achieving 70% electricity access in Papua New Guinea (PNG) by 2030. This is the first step towards implementing the 1.8 billion dollar National Electrification Rollout Program, which ECA recently helped the Government of PNG prepare. ECA’s work involved defining the electrification requirements, estimating the costs, and recommending implementation arrangements to take Papua New Guinea from 13% to 70% electrification.
With the support of ECA, the Energy Community Secretariat and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) today published a new set of Policy Guidelines for the region’s development of Energy Efficiency Obligation (EEO) schemes. EEO schemes are the European Union’s flagship measure for incentivising energy savings by end-users under Article 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive. The Policy Guidelines, developed by ECA and the Regulatory Assistance Project and informed by a range of sector experts, are tailored to the Energy Community and EBRD countries of Operation, addressing specific barriers and recommendations for EEO scheme success.
ECA has been contracted by CCWater to provide an update to the advice provided in 2017 on the allowed cost of capital for regulated water companies in England and Wales, in preparation for Ofwat’s 2019 price review.
ECA Director, Nick Haralambopoulos, delivered a seminar on setting allowed revenues in the regulated segments of the gas sector in the context of the 6th Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA) Training Course on Natural Gas Market Regulation, that took place on 12-16 November 2018 in Budapest, Hungary. The session was attended by 21 participants from 11 countries and covered all key elements of the revenue setting task, including the many methodological issues and options associated with the various cost ‘building blocks’. The ERRA Chairman later thanked Nick for his “outstanding presentation… which was well received by the participants”.
Wastewater is one of the biggest untapped resource that can provide clean water, energy and other products such as fertilizers, when properly managed and treated. The World Bank has engaged ECA to investigate what policy, institutional and regulatory (PIR) incentives are needed to support and encourage efficient investments in wastewater treatment capacity, plus waste-to-resource technologies, in a manner that promotes environmental sustainability at the basin level and financial sustainability of water utilities. Our work will look at existing literature concerning wastewater management, plus reuse and how this fits in to circular economy. We will also review what has been done in practice, what policy, institutional and regulatory mechanisms have successfully created the incentives for wastewater reuse, and how this can be applied in Latin American Countries as well as in other regions and countries.
On 20 November, ECA presented the draft methodology for calculating tariffs for ancillary services such as voltage control and black start that might be procured under a regulated process, if needed for a transitional period. Rob Barnett presented to the National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission (NEURC) and state enterprise NPC “Ukrenergo” in the Ukraine under the framework of EU4Energy technical assistance. The new methodology will ensure efficient cost allocation in the procurement of ancillary services and effective functioning of electricity markets.