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ECA advising the World Bank on off-grid water business models

ECA advising the World Bank on off-grid water business models

ECA has been engaged by the World Bank to deepen its understanding of viable models for providing non-utility/non-piped water services to urban areas of cities in developing countries across the world. The assignment will examine the roles of technological innovations and responsive, balanced regulatory frameworks, while also drawing parallels from energy and other comparable sectors.

David Williams appointed as ECA Director

David Williams appointed as ECA Director

We are delighted to announce that David Williams will be joining the ECA Board of Directors as of September 2020. David has been with ECA since 2013 and has helped grow our energy efficiency and low carbon policy streams. As Director he will lead our decarbonisation policy service line encompassing renewable energy integration, energy efficiency and low carbon strategies.

ECA Director delivering tariff training to regulatory staff in ERRA member organisations

ECA Director delivering tariff training to regulatory staff in ERRA member organisations

Nick Haralambopoulos is one of the course faculty team members delivering accredited training on natural gas tariff setting to staff from regulatory authorities in the Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA) network. Nick’s part of the course (7-8 and 10 September) will be focusing on the theory and practice of establishing the cost of service and setting revenue requirements. His course will combine theory with Excel-based practical exercises and the provision of tutoring support addressing participant queries arising from the course.

Will gas-fired power generation be forthcoming after the rapid closure of lignite plants in Greece?

Will gas-fired power generation be forthcoming after the rapid closure of lignite plants in Greece?

To help achieve climate change targets, Greece will be closing its lignite power plants by 2023. This plan relies on the expected development of gas-fired generation to partly substitute for the closures. In this Insight, we consider how the closure of the lignite plants and the related development of renewable energy may affect the attractiveness of gas-fired power generation for investors. READ ECA’S INSIGHT HERE

We are hiring for the following role…

We are hiring for the following role…

We are hiring. ECA is looking to expand our growing team of electricity market economists. The successful candidate would support our team of electricity market specialists advising policymakers, regulators and investors on commercial, economic and strategic aspects of electricity markets. The role is for a Senior or Managing Consultant. A particular focus will be on deep understanding of the market challenges posed through the energy market transition to a decentralised and high renewable energy (RE) power mix. For further details see LINK

ECA Insight- Might power markets come back into fashion in Africa?

ECA Insight- Might power markets come back into fashion in Africa?

Two decades ago international financing institutions began encouraging competitive electricity markets in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Over that period, while North and South America, India, Europe, Australasia and parts of South East Asia have embraced competitive power markets, today we would challenge you to identify a single SSA country with an operating competitive market (defined here as requiring at least some buyers being able to choose their supplier). But this may be about to change in one of Southern Africa’s smaller countries – Namibia. READ ECA’s INSIGHT HERE

ECA supporting the Global LPG Partnership in assessing LPG demand

ECA supporting the Global LPG Partnership in assessing LPG demand

ECA is supporting the Global LPG Partnership in assessing LPG demand in the greater Kinshasa region and assess the economic benefit of switching to LPG as a fuel source. We will apply our econometric energy demand modelling techniques and our cost benefit analysis framework for decentralised energy usage.

ECA policy guidelines for EE financing mechanisms published by the Energy Community Secretariat and EBRD

ECA policy guidelines for EE financing mechanisms published by the Energy Community Secretariat and EBRD

The Energy Community Secretariat and The EBRD have published a set of Policy Guidelines for Centralised Energy Efficiency Financing Mechanisms authored by ECA with the support of the regulatory assistance project (RAP). The Guidelines seek to advise Contracting Parties of best practice on the scoping, design and implementation of financial support mechanisms for accelerating energy efficiency measures and contributing towards the achievement of their national targets set through transposition of the Energy Efficiency Directive.  The document complements similar Policy Guidelines on the design of Energy Efficiency Obligation schemes also written by ECA and RAP and published by the ECS and The EBRD last year. Read more HERE

Desk analysis of water and sanitation tariffs for World Bank

Desk analysis of water and sanitation tariffs for World Bank

ECA has been engaged by the World Bank to conduct a study on the various issues and topics concerning water and sanitation tariffs. The results of this study will be a series of Background Papers on topics such as principles of tariff regulation, water and sanitatio tariff design and structure, polictical economy and tariff affordability.

Cost‑of‑service and tariff design study for Lebanon

Cost‑of‑service and tariff design study for Lebanon

The World Bank has published ECA’s Cost‑of‑Service and Tariff Design Study for Lebanon. The study provides a background of the electricity sector in Lebanon and estimates the current and future costs of the sector in order to inform reform plans that are needed to recover the sector financial viability. See the report HERE

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