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The ESMAP Global Facility on Mini Grids and the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) delivered the action learning event, Upscaling Mini-Grids for Least-Cost and Timely Access to Electricity Services, on February 6-10, 2016 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
The Energy Subsidy Reform Online Community launches the Practitioner Exchange series featuring the first of six case studies. Other stories illustrate our work on integrating gender analysis into transportation accessibility planning in Bangladesh, investments in Afghanistan’s power system despite high levels of uncertainty, and the latest ESMAP Annual Report with a comprehensive look at ESMAP;s programs and results for FY2016 and business plan cycle for FY2014-16.
ESMAP has created the Energy Subsidy Reform Facility to bring together experts from across the World Bank to assist country governments with the challenges of reform.
With ESMAP’s funding, women groups in Bangladesh will benefit from comparable levels of transportation accessibility.
During COP22’s Buildings Day in Marrakech, ESMAP joins a coalition of more than 80 key players who have expressed their commitment to the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GABC) to scale up the implementation of ambitious actions towards the “below 2° C” pathway in the sector.
Increasing access to energy services is key to Afghanistan’s efforts to boost economic growth and increase energy security. A study funded by ESMAP examined how best to invest in the energy sector amidst Afghanistan’s high level of uncertainty, guiding future World Bank investment.
Under the Covenant of Mayors, several cities across Ukraine committed to increasing energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions by 20% by 2020. ESMAP supported TRACE diagnostics in four of these cities to assess opportunities to reduce energy expenditures and plan urban efficiency programs. The work helped to identify EE potential across municipal sectors and barriers to financing, and produced analysis which opened up a policy dialogue with the central government and municipalities.
ESMAP’s technical assistance supported crucial amendments to the transmission and distribution grid codes to facilitate the integration of VRE, laying the basis for the World Bank PhRED project; generated and disseminated new knowledge on how to operate large amounts of VRE in an existing system; and published a report and guide on managing VRE issues presented to key stakeholders during a workshop in Manila in 2013.
With ESMAP support, the World Bank is scaling up this work through technical assistance and knowledge sharing.
ESMAP support laid the groundwork for two projects by addressing challenges related to renewable energy, and developing the policy needed to connect variable renewable energy to the grid in a sustainable way.
Power for Kenya's Urban Poor