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ECA has been contracted by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy in the Gambia (funded by the African Development Bank) to develop a policy and regulatory framework for privately-developed and operated green electricity mini-grids to assist in meeting national electrification targets. In a second part of the assignment, ECA will prepare a high-level national electrification plan and develop pre-feasibility studies for up to 10 possible mini-grid sites around the country.
Negative wholesale electricity prices are an increasingly common occurrence in European markets. Although a logical consequence of competitive market forces at play, negative prices are in breach of ENTSO-E guidelines and imply suboptimal load management. Ultimately, this leads to higher cost to consumers and system operators in the affected markets. This viewpoint explores measures that TSOs can take to pre-empt negative prices. We argue that ancillary service contracts incentivising wind curtailment and Contract for Difference (CfD) could be part of the solution. READ ECA VIEWPOINT HERE
ECA has been contracted by the EBRD to support Montenegro in the development of its fourth National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP). The work forms part of ECA’s policy dialogue support to the EBRD under the Regional Energy Efficiency Programme Plus.
ECA has been contracted for a pricing study covering electricity, water and sewerage for the Gambia in West Africa, together with a toolkit for assessment of independent power producer (IPP) prices.
ECA is advising a solar power plant developer in sub-Saharan Africa. Applying our in-house dispatch model WAIROA, we simulate regional power markets including the South African market to obtain hourly price projections and project regional electricity trade patterns.
The question posed in the title is deliberately paradoxical – self-sufficiency must surely always be the enemy of expanding trade in electricity. Apparently not: self-sufficiency in generation capacity (MW) can be what unlocks political acceptance of expanding trade in electrical energy (GWh). Regional power trade is very well established in Europe and the Americas, but less so in other parts of the world. This Viewpoint provides perspectives on politically-driven constraints to power trade in two developing country regions. READ ECA VIEWPOINT HERE
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. For further information https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/
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