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World Bank publishes Troubled Tariffs: revisiting water pricing

World Bank publishes Troubled Tariffs: revisiting water pricing

There is much variation in the design of tariffs and subsidies in the water sector. What is the optimal approach? Leaving no stone unturned, this ambitious report dives deep into the trade-offs between the conflicting goals of cost recovery, affordability and water conservation when designing tariffs. The paper is a collaboration between ECA, The World Bank and other sector leaders. The report can be found HERE 

Paving a roadmap for hydrogen in low- & middle-income countries

Paving a roadmap for hydrogen in low- & middle-income countries

ECA, in collaboration with E4tech UK, recently completed a multi-part study for the Energy Community Secretariat (ECS) on the potential for hydrogen utilisation among its Contracting Parties (CPs). Our study includes an assessment of recent hydrogen developments and the CPs’ readiness for integrating hydrogen into their energy systems, drawn from interviews with national stakeholders and findings that were underpinned by economic analysis geared to local contexts. READ ECA’s INSIGHT HERE

Supporting the Sumatra Merang Peatland Project

Supporting the Sumatra Merang Peatland Project

ECA are pleased to share updates on the Sumatra Merang Peatland Project (SMPP), which we continue to support as part of our carbon neutrality target. The SMPP focuses on protecting and restoring more than 22,934 hectares of peatland rainforest in the Merang biodiversity zone in Indonesia, one of the largest and deepest peat swamp areas in South Sumatra. We are proud to be involved in this exciting project run by @ecosphereplus and invite you to read more about the project and its achievements to date in the SMPP project Newsletter.

Corporatisation of Timor-Leste’s electricity utility

Corporatisation of Timor-Leste’s electricity utility

ECA has been contracted by the Asian Development Bank to support the development of a corporatisation strategy for Electricidade de Timor-Leste, the state-owned utility. We will be responsible for developing financial projections for the corporatised entity and reviewing lessons from regional experience in corporatisation of similar entities.

Fast & furious: fast frequency response services as the key to rev up battery investments

Fast & furious: fast frequency response services as the key to rev up battery investments

The business case for Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) in Europe is determined by revenue stacking, ie the ability of operators to obtain revenues from different sources and markets. While long term capacity remuneration helps provide investor certainty, it is revenues from frequency response ancillary services (AS) that have proven to be critical drivers of BESS investments. Of particular importance to the value proposition is the capability of BESS to deliver extra fast response times (sub 2 seconds). This Insight looks at such fast response AS in more detail and concludes that they constituted up to 40% of revenues for BESS operators over recent years. This makes the treatment and remuneration of these services an essential component to consider for system operators, regulators and policymakers when designing BESS investment frameworks. READ ECA’s INSIGHT HERE

IFC releases new guide to investing in renewable electricity generation in the Pacific, authored by ECA

IFC releases new guide to investing in renewable electricity generation in the Pacific, authored by ECA

In the lead up to COP26, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) published an ECA-authored report: Powering the Pacific, A Guide To Investing In Renewable Electricity Generation In The Pacific. Many people in the Pacific lack access to electricity and more than 40 percent of power generation in the Pacific uses expensive polluting diesel and liquid fuels. The report sets out an array of exciting commercial opportunities and constitutes a blueprint for responsible and inclusive project development that can be replicated by countries across the Pacific. Pic credit: Christian Lonberger

Treatment of unregulated services and ring-fencing guidelines

Treatment of unregulated services and ring-fencing guidelines

ECA has been appointed by the Greek energy regulator, RAE, to assist with the development of a framework for the treatment of unregulated services offered by the gas transmission system operator and the development of ring-fencing guidelines for reporting on the various gas transmission, LNG regasification, non-gas/LNG and unregulated activities of the company.

A new addition to our ECA team in Athens

A new addition to our ECA team in Athens

We are pleased to welcome Iro Sala to ECA’s Athens office. Iro is an Analyst, who holds an MPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford, plus a BSc in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from King’s College London. She will initially work on international case studies regarding coal phase out policies, focusing on increasing flexibility of coal plants to integrate variable renewables, plus will research potential technical and institutional constraints.

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