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ECA has been commissioned by the IFC to review existing policies and regulatory frameworks related to distributed generation (DG) and tariff regimes in six Southern Africa countries (Botswana, Namibia, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe) to identify challenges for small-scale distributed generation (SSDG) in the commercial and industrial sectors. Following the review of the relevant regulations, ECA will provide recommendations on how to support private investment in SSDG and storage in the six target countries.
The first (non-binding) market test for Gastrade’s proposed floating LNG terminal in Northern Greece drew capacity bids of 12.2 bcm per year, more than twice its planned technical capacity. The project aims to promote diversified supplies, and increase energy security and competition in the Greek and regional SE European market. Can the project live up to expectations? READ ECA VIEWPOINT HERE
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.