ENERGY SUSTAINABILITY ACTIVITY

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ENERGY SUSTAINABILITY ACTIVITY
Helping Increase Investment for Long - Term Energy Supply
TetraTech for USAIDKosovo

USAID’s Energy Sustainability Activity is a five-year initiative to improve energy security and reliability for people and businesses throughout Kosovo.

DOMESTIC ENERGY MARKET DEVELOPMENT AND REGIONAL MARKET INTEGRATION

USAID assistance is helping Kosovo to harmonize electricity market rules with its neighbors and European Union standards; build the capacity of electricity sector institutions and improve transparency on regulatory structures; develop open domestic markets that attract independent power producers; and broaden Kosovo’s regional energy market integration. These efforts will result in an active, sustainable regional and domestic electricity trade that operates according to evidence-based energy sector policies, and institutions with greater capability for implementing and monitoring effective electricity markets.

CHARTING KOSOVO’S ENERGY FUTURE

USAID is supporting the Government of Kosovo to develop a new National Energy Strategy. This guiding document will outline an ambitious vision for the next decade, as Kosovo embraces a transition toward cleaner energy by diversifying the energy sector to include more renewables and increased regional connectivity.. The envisioned strategy will result in modern, reliable, and affordable energy for Kosovar homes and businesses. A key component of the strategy is a commitment to decarbonization—part of a meaningful climate change agenda that will lead to cleaner air and less environmental impact.

ATTRACTING INVESTMENT IN CLEAN POWER

With USAID support, Kosovo is planning to launch its first-ever competitive auction for solar power. Renewable energy auctions are fair and transparent tools countries around the world are using to meet their energy needs and reach climate goals. Kosovo’s first solar auction will attract experienced local and international investors and renewable energy developers. USAID technical assistance to the Ministry of Environment, Spatial Planning and Infrastructure is supporting updates to a renewable energy database that maps potential solar power sites in Kosovo. This geoportal, which will allow private investors to access data that can inform development of renewable energy projects, will become an important tool to expand Kosovo’s renewable energy capacities.

SECURING LONG-TERM SUSTAINABILITY THROUGH POLICY

Through ESA, USAID is supporting Kosovo to develop a Renewable Energy Sources Law to drive clean energy transition. The new legal basis will create an even playing field for public and private investment and provide economic, social, and environmental benefits to the country while reaching important decarbonization targets.

FORMING THE NEXT GENERATION OF CLEAN ENERGY LEADERS

To create a new pool of educated and inspired energy sector leaders, USAID’s “New Energy” internship program, established via ESA, provides opportunities for young professionals to work with clean energy companies and energy sector institutions across Kosovo. The internship program helps to address high rates of unemployment by preparing students and recent graduates to transition into full-time employment. Selection processes emphasize inclusion of women and youth from marginalized groups.

KEY EXPECTED RESULTS 

  • $300 million in clean energy investment leveraged

  • 200 megawatts of new renewable energy capacity added to the national power system

  • Reduced commercial losses at electricity utilities in Kosovo’s northern municipalities

  • Stronger electric sector players, including regulator, transmission system operator, traders

  • An operational and effective Albanian Power Exchange (ALPEX) that supports the coupled electricity market between Kosovo and Albania

 

Project Duration:            February 2021 - February 2026                                                           

Partner:                               Tetra Tech ES Inc.

Contact:                               Arben Nagavci

 

Last updated: September 16, 2022

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