• Current Projects

     
  • Ghana Gas Industry Technical Guidelines for the Energy Commission
    Energy Sector Technical Leadership (ESTL) Project
    Pakistan Distribution Project (PDP)
    Electricity Corporation of Ghana – Change Management Project
    Vietnam Smart Grid Reverse Trade Mission
    Pakistan Gas to Power Project
    Dominican Republic Smart Grid Upgrading
    Costa Rica Smart Grid Maturity Model Navigation Project

     

     
  • Ghana Gas Industry Technical Guidelines for the Energy Commission

    The USAID is providing technical assistance to the Government of Ghana under its Africa Infrastructure Program (AIP) aimed at helping energy infrastructure projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Energy Commission (EC) of Ghana have requested USAID support in proving Technical Assistance for monitoring the construction, commissioning and safe operations of the gas processing plants and the gas pipelines, especially in the development and enforcement of Technical Guidelines and Regulations for the natural gas sector.
    The Energy Markets Group (EMG) is providing in-house technical support to the Energy Commission in technical regulation and capacity building to strengthen EC’s natural gas regulatory function. EMG is advising the Energy Commission in the regulation and monitoring of projects under construction, and has been tasked to develop and provided the following three manuals and report to the Energy Commission;
                i. Manual for Technical Guidelines for Gas Processing Plants
               ii. Manual for Technical Guidelines for Gas Pipeline Systems
              iii. Report on Institution Building of the Energy Commission
    The next step is for EMG to provide a workshop (3days) on the Natural Gas Processing Plants & Pipelines Systems Guidelines.

     
  • Energy Sector Technical Leadership (ESTL) Project

    EMG is sub-contractor to IRG in managing the US Agency for International Development (USAID) – Energy Sector Technical Leadership (ESTL) Project. ESTL assists the Office of Energy & Infrastructure within the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment to provide technical leadership through training and knowledge sharing activities related to energy sector.EMG supports the IRG project team and will provide technical assistance in:
    The development of training programs and documenting the existing institutional structure of the energy sector or sub-sectors (power, oil, coal, natural gas, rural energy).
    Assessing the economic, social, and environmental performance of the energy sector and developing alternatives for the re-organization of the sector in order to improve performance
    Examining the impact of energy sector restructuring on the stakeholders involved, and developing strategies to mitigate the effects
    Advising developing country policy-makers seeking to promote a particular renewable energy technology and building the capacity of local host-country institutions seeking to promote renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency Examining the finance and accounting procedures of energy utilities and assisting them in adopting International Accounting Standards.
    Designing Energy toolkits to provide USAID Missions and Regional Bureaus with training materials regarding current challenges in the energy sector, new trends, and general knowledge on topics related to energy, such as energy sector reform, powering health, and grid connected renewables.

     
  • Pakistan Distribution Project (PDP)

    EMG is a subcontractor to International Resources Group (IRG) implementing the Power Distribution Program (PDP) project. The USAID PDP is a five year, USAID-funded program aimed at working jointly with government-owned DISCOs in Pakistan to improve their performance, both in terms of a reduction in losses and in improvements both to revenues and customer services, in order to elevate these DISCOs to the level of well-run utilities in other progressive countries. Through this program, EMG provides technical advisory to the Government of Pakistan in its efforts to reform the power sector to end the current energy crisis. The PDP program began in 2010, and was designed to be include: Operational Audits of each of the nine Government-owned DISCOs. The purpose of these in-depth, operational audits was to establish baseline, to be used to measure improvement in performance over time. Execution of the Performance Improvement Action Plans by each DISCO, including implementation of key performance improvement projects to demonstrate a number of key operational improvements and directly measure their value to the utility.

     
  • Electricity Corporation of Ghana – Change Management Project

    Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) distributes electricity to a majority of electricity consumers in Ghana and is the key to the success of power sector reform effort in the country. ECG has embarked upon a major effort to improve its performance, in particular loss reduction, improved billing and collection and better customer service. It has made remarkable progress in some areas, including loss reduction—losses have been brought down from 27.2% to 21.3 % since 2011. It is endeavoring to make further progress and would also like to ensure that the gains are sustainable. In this regards ECG requested the EMG advisory assistance in developing a change management plan in bringing about meaningful changes in a developing country utility. The EMG share with the ECG Managing Director and senior management information about the methodology of change management and presented the change management process with a set of interactive workshops involving senior. EMG also help in the assembly of critical information needed to structure the change management programs tailor made for ECG. With insights gained through interactions with key ECG persons during the workshops and otherwise, the EMG developed a detailed program of activities for the change management program to be implemented.

     
  • Vietnam Smart Grid Reverse Trade Mission

    This USTDA-sponsored Reverse Trade Mission (RTM) brought to the United States a high level delegation comprised of 10 senior executives and officers from Vietnam’s power sector including the Electricity Regulatory Authority of Vietnam (ERAV), Electricity Vietnam (EVN), the Ho Chi Minh City Power Corporation (EVN HCMC), and one Commercial Specialist from the Commercial Service in Vietnam (a total of 11 officials). The RTM gave the delegation the opportunity to visit U.S. industry sites to observe demonstrations of U.S. technology and meet with suppliers and application developers for real-time data infrastructure.
    Additionally, U.S. company representatives had the opportunity to further discuss solutions for smart grid, including communication platforms, advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) technology, and utility management software with the delegates. In Washington, DC, the group visited US government agencies involved with the policy, regulatory and standards in smart grid. In Raleigh NC , Atlanta GA, San Jose CA they visited the leading providers of smart grid technologies and visited several utilities including Pepco Distribution Company in Washington DC and PG&E in San Francisco, CA to network with their U.S. counter parts to solicit their experience with the application of smart grid in the Distribution Sector.
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  • Pakistan Gas to Power Project

    EMG is the Prime Contractor to conduct a Technical and Financial Feasibility Study for Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organization (PEDO) on a 435 MW Gas Turbine Combined Cycle Power Plant in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in Pakistan. The feasibility study includes:
    - Front End Engineering and Design of the Combined Cycle Plant
    - Environmental and Social Impact Assessments
    - Developmental Impact Assessment
    - Project Cost Estimate and Implementation Schedule
    - Economic Analysis
    - Regulatory Framework Review and License Applications
    - Project Implementation Guidance
    - Project Financing Options and
    - EPC Tender Documents Preparation

     
  • Dominican Republic Smart Grid Upgrading

    Under a sub-contractor with Quanta Technology, EMG is proving Technical Assistance to Organismo Coordinador del Sistema Electrico Nacional Interconectado de la Republica Dominicana (OC-SENI) for the Smart Grid Upgrades for the System Operator and Market Agents Project. This Technical Assistance is to determine the appropriate level of new smart grid and other technology upgrades needed in the Dominican Republic as well as to assess how best to integrate them into the national grid. The Technical Assistance will evaluate appropriate technologies needed to improve reliability, lower frequency regulation service costs, allow for real-time monitoring and control and enable greater adoption of renewable energy. OC-SENI has initiated system upgrades to implement supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) to approximately 40 percent of its system and requested further technical assistance to proceed with additional upgrades including: Automatic Generation Control (AGC), SCADA, an Energy Management System (EMS), Phasor Measurement Units (PMUs), automatic voltage/volt-ampere reactive (VAR) control, as well as technologies related to mitigating the incorporation of renewable energy in the grid such as additional voltage controls, energy storage, peaking backup generation and demand response. The technical assistance will also assess the similar needs of all of the Dominican Republic's major generation, transmission and distribution entities.

     
  • Costa Rica Smart Grid Maturity Model Navigation Project

    Under a contract with CECACIER, EMG will assist in developing a 4-tiered approach to develop Smart Grid Business plans for 8 utilities in Costa Rica. The final output document will allow for the development of a short, medium and long term budget plan to reach the desired smart grid maturity levels. EMG will also develop a budget requirement document that will show capital and O&M budget needs to reach the desired short, medium and long term business needs. EMG will work with each utility, understanding the organizations context, (business drivers) and set the appropriate expectations to ensure the success of the Navigation and preparation process. EMG will conduct a Survey workshop with participation to describe the business drivers and project expectations and to motivate the participants on the importance of this effort. EMG, which is a SEI Smart Grid Maturity Model (SGMM) approved Navigator will conduct the SGMM process with all eight utilities to assist and develop the utilities Smart Grid aspirations. The process begins with the Compass Survey Workshop, which allows the utilities to establish their starting point based on their present technological and business requirements. Once the survey has been completed, EMG will analyze the data and validate all responses and prepare for the customers aspirations workshop. During this phase EMG will guide the customer to set their aspirations (vision/plan) for its grid modernization effort. EMG will then present the findings to the customer and their specific business participants. EMG will then lead a detailed discussion with all the participants to develop each organizations Smart Grid aspiration, entailing what they would need to accomplish to get to their specific goals within their prescribed time frames. The time frames can be set to a single point in the future or a phased approach allowing for interim Smart Grid maturity levels to be attained. EMG will deliver a comprehensive overview of the actions that will need to be taken by the customer to reach their respective business level requirements. From this document the customer will be able to develop business plans that will allow for the respective budgets to be created. This final document can then be used as the organizations business, technological and financial roadmap for the systematic implementation of a enterprise smart grid deployment.