WISE-MNRE-WORLD BANK CAPACITY BUILDING OF SNAs

WISE-MNRE-WORLD BANK CAPACITY BUILDING OF SNAs

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in association with World Bank awarded a study to WISE to undertake capacity building of state nodal agencies of four states, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. The project scope involved assessment of key functional areas of the SNAs, preparation of state-specific action plans and implementation of strategic interventions to strengthen the SNAs in executing RE- based off-grid solutions.

WISE visited each SNA and interacted with their key officials. It assessed core functional areas, including project planning, project implementation practices, organizational and HR processes, policy and regulatory framework, financial management, and governance. WISE also prepared a diagnostic report followed by a state-specific action plan (for each state) for supporting off-grid renewable development. Two technical training programmes were also imparted — the first aimed at managerial staff focusing on policy, regulations, financing, and business model, and the second targeted field-level staff focusing on hands-on knowledge in solar PV installation and O&M. The project team also developed a comprehensive manual on installation, operation and maintenance of solar-based off-grid systems. The project helped the SNAs to support and develop new off-grid programmes.

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CAPACITY BUILDING OF BIHAR RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT AGENCY

CAPACITY BUILDING OF BIHAR RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT AGENCY

As the title suggests, the project helped to strengthen the institutional capacity of the Bihar Renewable Energy Development Agency (BREDA), by building employee resource capabilities and enabling better management of different functions and procedures, thus helping the nodal agency discharge its duties more effectively and efficiently and providing better and prompt services to the public.

Taking inputs from the role envisaged for BREDA in the RE Policy of Bihar, WISE formulated a vision document that centred on decentralized renewable energy-based systems. The vision document made specific recommendations on interventions in the area of project planning and implementation, organizational structure and HRM, employee skill development and capacity building, financial management and governance, and communications and outreach. WISE also prepared a detailed business plan for BREDA. The work by WISE helped BREDA take on a more active role in decentralized energy development projects.

The project was supported by Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, New Delhi.

WISE-UN CAPACITY BUILDING FOR POLICYMAKERS FROM WESTERN AFRICA

WISE-UN CAPACITY BUILDING FOR POLICYMAKERS FROM WESTERN AFRICA

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA) associated with WISE to design, support and coordinate a capacity building and study tour for senior policymakers from West Africa. Senior-level officials from Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman and Sudan participated in the study tour.

WISE designed and supported the entire programme in consultation with UN-ESCWA. It comprised lectures over two and a half days and one and a half days was set aside for site visits. The training programme provided detailed study resources and expert lectures from WISE staff and external experts. The site visits allowed the participants to look at the technology in operation, understand operational aspects and assess the benefits of the system. Baseline assessment and post study tour evaluation was then conducted to ascertain the effectiveness of the programme.

WISE-UNESCAP-APCTT STRATEGY REPORTS FOR INDONESIA AND LAO PDR

WISE-UNESCAP-APCTT STRATEGY REPORTS FOR INDONESIA AND LAO PDR

The Asia Pacific Centre for Technology Transfer (APCTT) under the UNESCAP assigned WISE a project for developing national strategy reports for Indonesia and Lao PDR.

As part of the project, APCTT appointed G M Pillai, Founder Director General, WISE, as an international consultant to develop national strategy reports in cooperation with consultants from the two pilot countries. Along with the preparation of the strategy reports, national workshops on sustainable energy options and national strategy development were organised in Indonesia and Lao PDR. APCTT was aided in identifying institutions and businesses in three other countries, namely India, Nepal, and Thailand, and study tours were organised for policymakers and decision-makers from Indonesia and Lao PDR to these countries. This assignment was successfully completed with the presentation of the National Strategy reports at the national stakeholder consultative workshops organised in Vientiane, Lao PDR, and Jakarta, Indonesia, in May 2014.

Transitioning to a cleaner electricity system using conventional sources as bridge fuels

Transitioning to a cleaner electricity system using conventional sources as bridge fuels

The project aimed at identifying suitable conventional technologies that would act as ‘bridge fuels’ for transitioning to a RE-powered future from the perspective of their performance across climate, environment, society, costs, technology, generation flexibility, infrastructure and policy risks’ attributes. WISE received support from Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, New Delhi, for the study.

Based on the findings of the technology assessment, the study provided specific policy measures and technology choices that could help support conventional systems to work as transition technologies. The study report recommended utilizing existing conventional coal-based generation in a flexible mode and suggested specific policy and regulatory interventions for supporting flexibilization. The study findings also suggested revisiting the technology assessment parameters for policymakers and looking at power sector planning priorities for supporting a high RE generation future.

Achieving 12% green energy by 2017

Achieving 12% green energy by 2017

The main objective of the project was to see how the national RE target specified in the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) could be achieved with practical implementation goals.

WISE modelled different RE capacity addition scenarios and prepared a detailed roadmap highlighting key policy, regulatory and technology interventions to support the 12% and 15% RPO targets by 2017 and 2020, respectively. The report helped contextualize the capacity requirements of different states and helped in optimizing the target-setting process across them.

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