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Peter Robinson recently acted as Webinar Moderator for a panel discussion on ‘Electrification Challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa’, the first in a series of webinars hosted by ERRA. This first webinar discussed the status quo and ways forward for the fundamental development of electricity access in Sub-Saharan regions. Speakers presented current statistics and elaborated on ongoing challenges and needs to foster the process, and the event also aimed to shed light on existing projects that enhance regional regulatory cooperation. The full recording of the panel discussion can be heard HERE and the next will take place in Autumn 2022.
We took the opportunity to have a complete office makeover whilst our staff had to work from home. Our refurbishment includes bright new meeting rooms, pristine desk spaces, a large break-out space, shiny new kitchen, and an energy efficient heat pump system. A sleek and refreshed look for the London office and a big thumbs up from all of the team here at ECA.
This month we are pleased to welcome Ben Gregory to ECA. He graduated in BA(Hons) Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford in 2020, then went on to complete a master’s degree in MSc Environmental Economics and Climate Change at the London School of Economics. Prior to starting at ECA, Ben spent 6 months working for Greenback Recycling Technologies, where he supported the planning and development of their carbon accounting system. He will contribute to the team with data analysis; a big welcome to the ECA team Ben!
ECA will be responsible for verifying triggers for loan disbursements have been met as an independent auditor, after being appointed by the Asian Development Bank, as part of a team led by SMEC, to be the independent verification agent on financial matters for a policy-based loan to PLN, the Indonesian state electricity utility.
We are pleased to announce ECA has been contracted by Malaysia’s Energy Commission, Suruhanjaya Tenaga, to assist and facilitate the second gas regulatory period (2023-2025) and assess the first gas regulatory period (2020-2022) which determine the allowed tariff for the utilisation of gas facilities across gas transmission, gas distribution and regasification plants. This comes after successfully assisting Malaysia’s Energy Commission, Suruhanjaya Tenaga, to develop the guidelines required for the determination of gas facilities tariff under an Incentive-Based Regulation (IBR) Framework, and assisting in facilitating the first gas regulatory period.
Targeting European Union (EU) accession in 2026, Montenegro must prepare for operating under the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and the Carbon Boarder Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM). Unique county characteristics, including a very small number of major point source emitters, lend specific challenges with creating a functioning ETS in the country. ECA have been contracted by the World Bank under the Partnership for Market Implementation (PMI) initiative to create a “readiness support plan” (RSP) outlining where support is required for Montenegro to successfully implement carbon pricing that both delivers real emissions reductions and facilitates EU accession. Preparation of the RSP culminated in a workshop meeting with key entities to discuss and finalise priority areas for PMI support.
ECA is providing an expert to advise the Department of Energy in Vanuatu on improving sector policy and planning and facilitating investments. A focus area is on the potential to expand mini-grids to support rural electrification where ECA will be bringing the lessons learned from our extensive work on mini-grid design in sub-Saharan Africa and other Pacific island countries.
The amended Energy Efficiency Directive of 2018 has been transposed to the Energy Community Contracting Parties with larger and more aggressive energy savings targets for 2030. ECA has been supporting the EBRD and Energy Community Secretariat to assist Contracting Parties understand their policy options and design appropriate policy response mechanisms with a focus on ensuring compliance through monitoring and verification of activity. David Williams summarised key challenges and points of policy focus at a presentation for the Energy Efficiency Coordination Group
A whole system approach is critical for energy networks and regulators to support decarbonisation efforts
Energy network infrastructure plays a major role in supporting energy system decarbonisation, and potential solutions across several energy vectors are increasingly being considered for future investments. The concept of a Whole System Approach has been on European regulators’ radars for several years now, but the need to move from concept to implementation is more pressing than ever. READ ECA’s INSIGHT HERE.
The completion of negotiations on Article 6 of the Paris Agreement on international carbon trading opens up opportunities for countries to reduce the costs of meeting decarbonisation commitments by using international credits and linking carbon markets. ASEAN is particularly well-placed for this with its combination of needing to meet rapid growth in energy demand while not increasing emissions and its large potential for nature-based and other offsets. ECA has been selected to assess options for increasing cooperation between ASEAN members in carbon pricing. Our team is initially focusing on identifying mutual confidence-building and cooperation activities which can form a basis for increasing linking in future.