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Eswatini national electrification analysis

Eswatini national electrification analysis

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 explores hydrogen potential in the Energy Community

ECA explores hydrogen potential in the Energy Community

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.

Ecodesign regulations for Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ecodesign regulations for Bosnia and Herzegovina

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.

Batteries – generation or transmission assets?

Batteries – generation or transmission assets?

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

Utility cost recovery: tackle inefficiency before increasing tariffs

Utility cost recovery: tackle inefficiency before increasing tariffs

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

Water tariff review in South African metros

Water tariff review in South African metros

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.

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