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ECA has been appointed by the Greek energy regulator, RAE, to review and update the allowed revenue methodology for the Greek electricity distribution network to ensure that it is ‘fit for purpose’, that is, it operates as intended, it is internally consistent and provides an unambiguous framework and incentives for efficient investment and operation.
ECA has been contracted by the Energy Community Secretariat to provide capacity building training for the Ukrainian authorities on transposition of Article 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive and design of an Energy Efficiency Obligation scheme. The work builds on ECA’s extensive experience in this area gained through several assignments both in the European Union and Energy Community.
Conventional load forecasting techniques start from the premise that the current demand of customers connected to the power grid is accurately reflected by their levels of electricity consumption. Unfortunately, in many developing countries load shedding is the norm rather than the exception, driving a wedge between demand and consumption. Our Viewpoint discusses approaches to dealing with load shedding when making long-term load forecasts to be used for planning purposes. READ ECA’s VIEWPOINT HERE
ECA was very pleased to lead a workshop on Centralised Energy Efficiency Financing Mechanisms for the Energy Community’s Energy Efficiency Coordination Group (EECG) in Vienna. The workshop discussed the Policy Guidelines currently being developed by ECA on the subject as part of its Regional Energy Efficiency Programme (REEP) Plus Policy Dialogue framework contract with the EBRD. Views and feedback were sought from participants based on their own experience with such mechanism in order to help inform the Guidelines. Thanks to the Energy Community Secretariat for the invitation, organisation and generous hosting as well as all participants for their lively collaboration.
ECA is assisting the Ministry of Energy in Mongolia, under Asian Development Bank funding, to develop a strategy to deliver clean heating to peri-urban (ger) areas in the capital, Ulaanbaatar. Mongolia’s harsh winter climate, with temperatures regularly below -20C, leaves ger households dependent on burning coal for heating. The result is some of the worst air pollution in the world. The ADB is supporting the Mongolian government in addressing this challenge with ECA advising on lower-polluting alternatives to provide winter heat supplies.
With the Brexit transition phase due to end on 31st December 2020, what will happen to energy trades with Ireland and Continental Europe. Electricity, in particular, relies on a common set of rules and agreements for cross-border trade to continue. If nothing is in place will the interconnector flows cease after 31st December? The EU is intent on close cooperation when UK energy leaves the single market, but will the UK play ball? There is very little firm information available on how the energy sector will be affected. This Viewpoint assesses and speculates on the implications for gas and electricity in UK. READ ECA’s VIEWPOINT HERE
We are delighted to see that the Assembly of the Republic of North Macedonia has adopted an ambitious Law on Energy Efficiency, that we together with Karanovic and Partners helped to develop, under the REEP Plus Programme – see the Energy Community newslink here
Following ECA’s appointment by the Regulating Authorities, we are pleased to announce the publication of the backtested and validated forward-looking SEM PLEXOS model (2019-2025) and its accompanying report. This is the first backast since I-SEM launch in October 2018. The model was calibrated and updated in line with latest market behaviours and future outlooks. The model has several key roles in the market including: Capacity Remuneration Mechanism (CRM) modelling, Directed Contracts (DCs) modelling and for strategic analysis. The final published report can be found here and the public plexos model here
We are happy to announce that ECA with the support of ecosphereplus is offsetting 300 tonnes of double-verified (VCS and CCB standards) carbon credits from the Sumatra Merang Peatland Project to balance the impact of our operations last year. The Sumatra Merang Peatland Project is financing the restoration of a total of 23,000 hectares of threatened peatland rainforest, one of the last remaining peatland zones in South Sumatra; the creation of a conservation area for hundreds of unique endangered species; and work with local communities to improve livelihoods and reduce pressure on the forest. For more information on the project please visit ecosphereplus
In East Africa, major investments in hydropower, geothermal and other forms of generation are taking place, together with the development of interconnectors. Low cost, clean energy is to be available in the next few years for EAPP countries to import via the interconnected grid. It has thus become imperative that appropriate technical and economic regulation be in place at the regional level. ECA has been contracted to assist in the Independent Regulatory Board of Eastern Africa becoming fully operational.