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A warm welcome to our new consultant, John Paparistodemou, who joins us from National Grid where he has worked in both the 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 as well as network operations and development. 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.
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.