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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MAINSTREAMING RENEWABLE ENERGY IN INDIA

MAINSTREAMING RENEWABLE ENERGY IN INDIA

WISE assisted Baker & Mckenzie with this project which was supported by the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) and the Australian and US governments. The main purpose of the project was to prepare a comprehensive report on the legal, policy and regulatory framework for supporting renewable energy in India. Back in 2007, the report advocated a national renewable energy law, tradable renewable energy certificate mechanism, RE resource assessment and forecasting implementation, in addition to specific policy and regulatory instruments and administrative mechanisms to support renewables.

The report advocated discussion and adoption of the RE law draft prepared independently by WISE. Many of the recommendations in the project found their way into new policy measures over the next decade, thus mainstreaming renewables in India.

Clean Energy Technology Action Plan for three states

Clean Energy Technology Action Plan for three states

The UK-FCO awarded a project to WISE to develop a clean energy technology action plan for three states: Karnataka, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. The main objectives of the project were to strengthen the states’ renewable energy capacity and address energy security concerns across various sectors including power, industry, water and transport.

WISE undertook this project in 2009 at a time when wind energy was fledgling and solar energy was still unestablished. The awareness levels in state governments about RE technologies and clean energy were low. WISE undertook a comprehensive literature review and data analysis exercise across diverse sectors and worked with the states’ top bureaucrats to consult and prepare a roadmap and action plan for accelerating clean energy interventions.  Under the project, WISE also undertook a detailed renewable resource assessment that suggested huge RE potential (wind and solar) in the GW range.

The study findings were groundbreaking and received with some skepticism despite high-level government support. The study reports received extensive publicity and many of the implementation strategies, mainly in the area of renewable energy policy and regulations, received considerable traction through direct state government actions over the next five to ten years.