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SDG-7 in Ibero-America. Reaching the last mile: Affordable, safe, sustainable and modern energy for all people

11/02/2021

The Mesa por el Acceso Universal A La Energía, of which Waya Energy is a member, the ARIAE Foundation and the Secretaria General Iberoamericana have recently published the report, “SDG-7 in Ibero-America. Reaching the last mile: Affordable, safe, sustainable and modern energy for all people”.

This report gathers progress and pending challenges to close the electrification gap in the LAC region. From Waya Energy and the Universal Energy Access Lab, Andrés González García and Ignacio Pérez-Arriaga, emphasize the three fundamental steps for a correct national integrated electrification plan.

💡 Least-cost techno-economic plan integrating simultaneously all electrification modes: grid extension, microgrids and isolated PV systems.

💡 The next step is the decision, by the Government and the relevant Public Administrations, to assign responsibility for implementing the plan to certain entities, and to specify the business model(s) to be used, with the corresponding regulations.  This series of decisions is based on the regulatory scheme called Integrated Distribution Framework that enables the implementation of the techno-economic plan and the institutional changes that will ensure its long-term stability.

💡 The third and final step in the electrification process is the business plan, this is, determining how the techno-economic electrification plan, as conceived, is to be financed. 

Our models keep breaking through


07/04/2021

Our colleague Pedro Ciller Cutillas successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis —titled The Rural Electrification Planning Problem: Strategies and Solutions— on April the 7th. The dissertation, which was supervised by Sara Lumbreras Sancho and José Ignacio Pérez Arriaga,  focuses on the Reference Electrification Model (REM) and was awarded the “cum laude” distinction by the unanimous decision of the evaluation committee. Congratulations Pedro!

Workshop for the Scaling Minigrid project with IFC


11/02/2021

This project’s overall objective is to develop a programmatic, replicable, and partnership-driven platform to scale up the high impact nascent mini-grid market in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region.
Waya, in partnership with IIT Comillas, provides technical assistance and supports the IFC Scaling Mini-grid program by standardizing various processes and documentation for mini-grid development and implementation in Africa. In particular, we are producing the Project Preparation Approach document.​

Training workshop on large scale grid and off-grid electrification planning with the Reference Electrification Model (REM)

17/05/2019

Gathering of the different electrification planning experts of Indonesia, Rwanda and Mozambique in Madrid for a four day workshop on Universal Energy Access Planning and Regulation through MIT & IIT Comillas’s approach. 

PUBLICATIONS

A business plan to achieve full electrification in Rwanda under the Integrated Distribution Framework (IDF) (C. de Abajo, S.J. Díaz-Pastor, A. González, I.J. Pérez-Arriaga), Global Commission to End Energy Poverty Working Paper (2021) [link]

The Rural Electrification Planning Problem: Strategies and Solutions (P. Ciller Cutillas). PhD thesis. Institute for Research in Technology, ICAI School of Engineering, Comillas Pontifical University (2021) [link

Electricity for all: The contribution of large-scale planning tools to the energy-access problem (P. Ciller, S. Lumbreras), Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews (2020) [link

Optimizing Off-Grid Generation in Large-Scale Electrification-Planning Problems: A Direct-Search Approach (P. Ciller, F. de Cuadra, and S. Lumbreras), Energies (2019) [link

Investigating the Necessity of Demand Characterization and Stimulation for Geospatial Electrification Planning in Developing Countries (S.J. Lee, E. Sánchez, A. González-García, P. Ciller, P. Duenas-Martinez, J. Taneja, F. de Cuadra,J. Lumbreras, H. Daly, R. Stoner, I.J. Pérez-Arriaga), MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (2019) [link

Optimal Electrification Planning Incorporating On- and Off-Grid Technologies: The Reference Electrification Model (REM) (P. Ciller, D. Ellman, C. Vergara, A. González, S. Lee, C. Drouin, M. Brusnahan, Y. Borofsky, C. Mateo, R. Amatya, R. Stoner, F. de Cuadra, I. Pérez-Arriaga), Proceedings of the IEEE (2019) [link, IEEE

A utility approach to accelerate universal electricity access in less developed countries: A regulatory proposal (I. Perez-Arriaga, R. Stoner, R. Rahnama, S. Lee, G. Jacquot, E. Protzer, A. Gonzalez, R. Amatya, M. Brusnahan, P. Dueñas), Economics of Energy and Environmental Policy (2019) [link, EEEP] [pdf, preprint

Clustering-related improvements in the Reference Electrification Model (P. Ciller Cutillas), Institute for Research in Technology, ICAI School of Engineering, Comillas Pontifical University (2016) [pdf

Evaluation of universal access to modern energy services in Peru. Case study of scenarios for Electricity Access in Cajamarca  (A. González-García, R. Amatya, R.J. Stoner, I.J. Pérez-Arriaga), Enel Foundation Working Papers, (2016) [pdf

A Comprehensive Computer-Aided Planning Approach for Universal Energy Access. Case study of Kaloleni, Kilifi County, Kenya  (L. Mwalenga, R. Amatya, A. González-García, R.J. Stoner, I.J. Pérez-Arriaga), Enel Foundation Working Papers, (2016) 

Appropriate technologies, business models and enabling environment for Universal Access to modern energy services. With high-level descriptions of modeling and analysis tools  (A. González-García, R. Amatya, R.J. Stoner, I.J. Pérez-Arriaga), Enel Foundation Working Papers, (2014) [pdf]

Low-cost energy technologies for universal access: Preliminary candidate list of appropriate technologies, business models and enabling environment for universal access to modern heat (R. Amatya, A. González-García, R.J. Stoner, I.J. Pérez-Arriaga), Enel Foundation Working Papers, (2014) [pdf