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Our study on attracting private investment in the power sector of Sub-Saharan Africa has been published! ECA collaborated with The World Bank and Cambridge University to survey 51 investors across the region. Based on survey responses, we were able to identify bottlenecks faced by investors in specific countries and segments of the power sector. The paper will be instrumental for policymakers to remove identified bottlenecks and close investment gaps to improve sectoral outcomes. The paper can be downloaded HERE
ECA has been contracted by the regulator in Jamaica to help review the business plan of the national utility (Jamaica Public Services Ltd) as part of the multi-year tariff review process.
Electricity mini-grids serve some of the poorest households in rural communities across the world, but the costs of supply can be high. The design of prices to the users can be important in helping to minimise those costs. This is the third in a series of Viewpoints covering tariff regulation for electricity mini-grids in developing countries.
READ ECA’s VIEWPOINT HERE
ECA just concluded a multi year capacity building project funded by EBRD for the Albanian gas TSO, Albgaz, by conducting a 2-day online workshop on the implementation of the gas transmission tariff regulations. Over the last two days, Fred Beelitz, Scott Edmonds and Richard Holcroft presented our views and recommendations on allowed revenue methodologies and tariff structure in line with the EU Network Code on harmonised tariffs. During the assignment we also advised on a suitable CAPEX planning approach, drafted the Network Code for the Albanian transmission system and advised on a reorganisation of the TSO.
ECA lead investment planning expert presenting on approaches for Integrated Resource Planning in Africa
ECA lead investment planning expert, Grigorios Varympopiotis, was invited to present and be one of the panellists in the Integrated Resource Planning for a Sustainable and Cleaner Africa Energy Future Webinar organised by Energy Exemplar. Grigorios presented the main aspects of an Integrated Resource Plan, unravelled the areas where Integrated Resource Planning is necessary and explained how renewable energy resources can be analysed in an Integrated Resource Plan.
The Asian Development Bank has published the final report under the independent review of Indonesia’s energy infrastructure sector prepared together with Indonesia’s National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas). This report is based on analysis and recommendations by ECA, together with Castlerock Indonesia, and contains an assessment of major challenges facing Indonesia’s energy sector over the period of the next five-year development plan and recommended policy responses.
The IFC has published a report written by ECA reviewing electricity tariffs and frameworks for distributed generation in six Southern African countries (Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe), focused on the commercial and industrial sectors. Frameworks to promote distributed generation are at different levels of development and implementation across the six countries; net metering in particular requires additional development (with Namibia presenting the most robust framework today). However, net metering frameworks need to be handled with care around utilities, with appropriate pricing of units sold to the utility necessary to ensure they can be convinced that such frameworks need not be loss-making for them. Read the report HERE
The Ministry of Mines and Energy in Namibia has awarded ECA a contract to prepare a new national integrated resource plan for the electricity sector. The work will use Wairoa, ECA’s power system dispatch model. Wairoa is a New Zealand Maori word meaning waterfall.
ECA is supporting the Ethiopian generation utility update their least cost development plan including forecasting demand for electricity, assessing tariff requirements and cashflow in the new investment plan and training in forecast modelling.
Lockdown measures in countries affected by the novel coronavirus have become near-universal. The economic impacts are devastating, particularly for the poorest. Lost jobs, eroded savings and continued restrictions mean many will continue to suffer even after the harshest measures are relaxed. Governments are not washing their hands of these challenges. In this article, we look at where the energy sector fits into this picture, helping alleviate the impacts and contributing to a future recovery. READ ECA’s VIEWPOINT HERE