A selection of significant policy and planning projects undertaken by EDG are outlined below.
The comprehensive Masterplan will comprise of dual on-grid and off-grid components, and tasks includes development of GIS, market studies, grid/off-grid least cost planning, financial and economic analysis. The main RETs will cover at least small scale hydro, biomass co-generation, grid-tie PV, as well as isolated mini-grids, and stand-alone solar technologies and biogas, (Client: in NorConsult Team, for Rural Electrification Agency Zimbabwe) (January 2015-present).
EDG is working with RESTIO Energy and other partners, in support of the vision of Integrated Rural Energy Utilities (IREU). An IREU would service the electrical and thermal energy needs of grid and off-grid households, the social sector (education, health, water, ICT) and business/agricultural needs. The project also aims to raise awareness of alternative energy options and energy efficiency, as well as developing best practice guidelines, business models and implementation and regulatory frameworks for an IREU. The project focuses on South Africa, but with an emphasis on the applicability of the concept in Uganda (with the Rural Electrification Agency as a project partner) and Tanzania. Client: Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership, REEEP (May 2007-2009).
The South African government required an evaluation of this programme to inform planning and implementation of future electrification projects. The programme was undertaken between 1994 and 1999, and the evaluation included evaluating six different area electrification programmes spread around the country, and the preparation of a summary report identifying lessons learned and key strategies for the implementation of Phase 2. EDG managed the project for the Energy & Development Research Centre at the University of Cape Town, who were in turn contracted by the Development Bank of South Africa.
EDG was working with a team developing an indicative master plan for the electrification of rural areas in Uganda. The main objective of the Indicative Rural Electrification Master Plan was to establish priorities for public and private investments in underserved rural areas, and develop a ten year least cost investment plan for the expansion of the national transmission grid into rural areas. The work undertaken has given the EDG (Uganda) an un-paralleled understanding of the countries electricity sector as well as the broader energy sector. As a part of the project, a detailed Rural Electrification Database has been compiled detailing the locations of potential electricity consumers (industrial activities, agro-processing, trading centres, rural growth centres, trading centres etc). Detailed socio-economic surveys on rural energy usage have also been undertaken in order to provide regional data on the willingness and ability of householders and small rural enterprises to pay for access to modern energy services. Client: Government of Uganda - MEMD
EDG managed a project to develop the energy policy for the government of Botswana, as well as to detail strategies and implementation frameworks to feed into their National Development Plan. As all sub-sectors of the energy sector were included, the project involved managing a multi-sectoral team of specialists. Noteworthy aspects of the project included a highly interactive approach with government departments and the private sector, policy development with the participation of suppliers and end-users, as well as capacity building within the Botswana Energy Affairs Division. Client: GTZ, Botswana Department of Energy Affairs
EDG is working with the Mineral and Energy Policy Centre in Johannesburg to assist the Department of Minerals and Energy in developing approaches and systems to undertake IEP and IRP in South Africa. The work is guided by a steering committee comprising all key energy sector stakeholders, and stakeholder involvement in the implementation process is also being sought. It is intended that IEP process will constitute the fundamental planning approach for the energy sector. Work areas include scenario development, modelling, energy information systems and policy review and development components. A key challenge is to institutionalise this function suitably such that it becomes sustainable. Client: Department of Energy.