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Fifth meeting of pilot countries participating in the Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program in Low Income Countries (SREP)

28-30 May 2013 | Bandos Island, Maldives

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Highlights for Wednesday, 29 May 2013

On Wednesday morning, pilot and reserve country representatives met to consider how to improve their country's enabling environments for renewable energy investments. Claudio Alatorre, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), presented on viable options for improvement. Gevorg Sargsyan, Program Coordinator, World Bank, urged participants to design a framework that covers renewable energy as well as energy efficiency and access, while being objective, comparable, actionable and context neutral. Participants were tasked with selecting the indicators and sub-indicators least and most desirable from proposed indicators that would best assess the enabling environments for investment in renewable energy technologies. Participants were then given the opportunity to report back on their findings within the four themes of renewable energy, cross-cutting technologies, energy access and energy efficiency.

During the afternoon, country representatives gathered in roundtables to assess their respective country's enabling environment for renewable energy investments, including laws and regulations, policies, institutions, and markets and incentives. Participants were tasked with a "country diagnostic exercise," discussing the areas in which SREP resources can enable them to enhance weak enabling environments, as well as benefit from strong enabling environments. After a first round of in-country discussions, countries then shared these experiences among each other in a roundtable discussion.

After these discussions, Inka Schomer, CIF Administrative Unit, presented on the SREP Results Framework, after which Mikul Bhatia, Energy Anchor Unit, World Bank, presented an overview of ways to define and measure access to energy. During a roundtable session, participants discussed ways of assessing the access impacts of generation and transmission projects working through a case study based on a fictional country. Bhatia suggested using one framework as well as the complementary approaches of quick estimation at project commencement, and actual measurement after implementation.

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Delegates reporting back on assessing the most relevant indicators for enabling environments.
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Morning Session
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Shaanti Kapila, Global Support Program Coordinator, CIF
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Claudio Alatorre, IDB
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Surya Kumar Sapkota, Nepal
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Leonardo Matute, Honduras
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Gevorg Sargsyan, World Bank and Ahmed Saleem, Maldives
Henry Gichungi, Kenya
Alemayehu Mengesha, Ethiopia
Remon Zakaria, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
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Rizna Ahmed Rasheed, Maldives
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Nasser Brahim, CIF Administrative Unit

 

Afternoon Session
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Faith Wandera and Colleta Koech, Kenya
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Kim Harris and Mardia Warner, Liberia
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Shaanti Kapila, CIF and Makhbal Tumenjargal, Mongolia
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Federico Querio, World Bank and Remon Zakaria, EBRD
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Mikul Bhatia, The Energy Anchor Unit, World Bank
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Inka Schomer, CIF Administrative Unit
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Ismael Touré, Mali
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Erastus Wahome, Kenya and Laura Gaensly, IFC
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Hassan Abdi, Kenya and Solomon Asfaw, AfDB

 

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CIF resources

*Meeting website

*Meeting provisional agenda

*SREP website

*Fourth SREP Pilot Country Meeting, 30 October 2012, Istanbul, Turkey

*Third SREP Pilot Country Meeting, 5-7 March 2012, Nairobi, Kenya

*Second SREP Pilot Country Meeting, 20 June 2011, Cape Town, South Africa

*First SREP Pilot Country Meeting, 11 November 2010, Washington, DC, United States of America


IISD RS resources

*IISD RS coverage of the Seventh meeting of the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) Pilot Countries, 1-3 May 2013, Washington, DC, United States of America

*IISD RS coverage of the CIF 2012 Partnership Forum and Associated Events, 30 October - 7 November 2012, Istanbul, Turkey

*IISD RS coverage of the 2011 CIF Partnership Forum, 24-25 June 2011, Cape Town, South Africa

*2011 CIF Partnership Forum Proceedings - Production by IISD in collaboration with the CIF Administrative Unit

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