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In 2015, all United Nations Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Among the 17 goals, SDG 7 targets access to affordable and sustainable energy for all while SDG 13 calls for tackling climate change. READ ECA’s INSIGHT HERE
ECA has been contracted by the World Bank to assist the Bank in its support to the Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini for the preparation of its National Electrification Strategy (NES). The approach will be based on comprehensive GIS mapping and least-cost electrification planning using various electricity access options and technologies, and includes institutional and funding options analysis.
ECA is supporting the World Bank and Eskom in South Africa on the retirement and repurposing of 4 coal fired power plants.
ECA and E4tech (an ERM Group company) completed a study on the potential for using hydrogen in the Energy Community Contracting Parties (CPs), commissioned by the Energy Community Secretariat (ECS). The study comprises four parts (links from the ECS website): an international review of the state of play of the global hydrogen sector; an economic analysis of the projected economic attractiveness of hydrogen across end-use applications; a CP review with a stock take of hydrogen developments in the Energy Community and an evaluation of the readiness and underlying conditions in each individual CP; and a synthesis report providing a summary of the main findings and how these inform a set of policy recommendations and pilot project concepts within the Energy Community.
ECA supported by partners Eco have been contracted by the EBRD to undertake a market assessment for the introduction of Ecodesign regulations in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The work forms part of the EBRD’s Regional Energy Efficiency Programme (REEP) Plus for the Western Balkans Policy Dialogue assistance which is being managed by a consortium led by ECA.
EBRD has contracted ECA to lead this assignment to support the Government of Uzbekistan develop its policy and regulatory framework for small-scale renewable energy.
Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) are on track of becoming an integral component of electricity markets around the world. Although investments for grid scale BESS are still at relatively low levels of US$3 billion per year, they are expected to rise substantially over the next decades. Historically, storage (mainly hydro pumped storage) was regarded as a generation asset by regulators and policymakers. New generation BESS technologies now offer a high degree of flexibility, which sees them offering ancillary services (reserves) in those markets where they are operating. With such an important role to play for grid stability, should BESS assets be considered network assets and be regulated as such? Or should BESS operators be allowed to participate in wholesale and secondary markets as any generator would? Answering these questions can help policymakers and regulators in prioritising the role BESS ought to play in power systems: reducing price volatility, offering reserve services or alleviating network congestion. READ ECA’s INSIGHT HERE
ECA’s Managing Director, Fred Beelitz, yesterday presented the lessons learned from applying the power market modelling software PLEXOS to the Israeli power market. You can see his presentation HERE
Raising tariffs to cost recovery levels is often considered a prerequisite of infrastructure sector reforms. While immediate tariff increases are often publicly unacceptable and politically infeasible, case studies across the power and water sectors provide evidence that achieving cost recovery through efficiency gains which reduce the target cost recovery level and win public support is a path to financial viability and sustainable sector improvements. READ ECA’s INSIGHT HERE
We have been contracted by the World Bank to review the current IBT water tariff structure in two South African municipalities, eThekwini and Cape Town. The objective is to simulate the application of Ramsey pricing principles to optimise the current IBT structure and assess the impact of alternative pricing approaches on cost recovery, affordability and efficiency. The analysis will shed light on the trade-offs of tariff design in achieving often competing objectives and inform upcoming tariff determinations.