Kantor has experience in the provision of capacity building services to State Administrations, public organisations and enterprises, to support policy formulation and implementation, as well as to support strategic planning, programme preparation, project appraisals, implementation and monitoring support mechanisms aimed at facilitating economic and regional development, realisation of market reforms, and implementation of major infrastructure investments.
Our key areas of expertise include:
- Preparation & design
- Implementation, management and supervision
- Capacity Building
- System implementation and management
Complementary Technical Assistance to the EU Funded Budget Support to Ukraine's Energy Strategy Implementation
The European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI), is the main financing tool for providing assistance to Ukraine, and aid delivery to Ukraine and other EU neighbourhood countries will increasingly rely on their national systems through the progressive focus and use of mechanisms such as budget support. In the case of Ukraine, budget support has been pioneered to take place in the energy sector of the country. The EC Budget Support programme to the energy sector of Ukraine is the first of its kind in Ukraine and in ENPI countries, and follows the signing of the Financing Agreement by the EC and the Ministry of Economy in September 2008.
In accordance with the agreement, an Energy Sector Budget Support (ESBS) programme worth €82 million to the Ukraine Government is to be disbursed in two tranches – fixed and variable. The fixed tranche has been disbursed (€23 million in December 2008 and another €17 million in September 2009). The second, variable, tranche of €42 million is conditional upon the attainment of results under a list of performance indicators, each of which is accorded a unit weight, whilst for many of the variable tranche indicators there are additional sub-indicators. The decision for payments under the variable tranche will in principle be made by the end of 2011.
The specific actions that have been undertaken within the TA project to the ESBS of Ukraine, to ensure that the objectives are achieved, include:
- capacity building to the Ministry of Energy and Fuel (MoFE) of Ukraine and effective transfer of knowledge and skills to MoFE, and to other beneficiaries and stakeholders, in order to, inter alia, establish and manage the monitoring system for budget support
- review existing data collection and reporting systems for budget support performance indicators, and design of system enhancements as appropriate
- design and organisation of a large number of training, workshops, study tours, seminars etc
- design and implementation of public awareness & dissemination material, events, etc
- provision of ad hoc assistance for fulfilling the ESBS performance indicators in the fields of energy legislation, energy bills collection, integration to EU energy market, energy intensity reduction etc
- provision of specialist assistance to develop and refine Ukraine’s Energy Strategy and to develop sub-sectoral programmes within the framework of the energy strategy, including:
- preparation of Road Map for Energy Efficiency as a part of Ukraine’s obligations under ECT, including analysis of existing Ukrainian regulatory framework for implementation of EC key Directives, Road Map encompassing actions for implementation and sources of information
- Support to the Energy Efficiency Agency of Ukraine (SAEEEC) in order to develop the NEEAP 2012-2020 for Ukraine, according the requirements of Energy Community Secretariat. The support concerned the calculation of the national energy efficiency target for Ukraine, analysis and forecast of the final energy consumption per sector and use, calculations of energy savings per sector and use in order to achieve the target and finally measured and policies for achieving those energy savings
- formulation of Green Paper on sustainable energy policy of Ukraine
- review of national framework for PPP development in the energy sector of Ukraine
- support to the MoFE for convergence and harmonisation of energy legislation to the EU energy acquis, including support for drafting of legislative provisions and changes
- capacity building and support to the MoFE for implementation of obligations arising from the recent joining of Ukraine in the Energy Community Treaty (the Treaty establishing energy market of SEE Europe countries and Ukraine, based on common legal, economic, regulatory pricniples and common institutions, deriving from EC internal energy market principles) and electricity transmission system synchronisation initiatives under ENTSO-E
- assistance in assessing financing mechanisms (PPPs etc) for large energy infrastructure projects
- ensuring communication and visibility of the programme and its actions
- provision of administrative support to the Joint Monitoring Group and other stakeholders relevant to the sector budget support programme
Support to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to meet the requirements of the Energy Community Treaty with specific reference to Energy Efficiency and Renewables
Kantor assisted in developing and implementing energy sector policies that will ensure the implementation of commitments under the Energy Community Treaty, including the implementation of the libralised regional energy market (Montenegro Bosnia)
Montenegro: Technical Assistance for the implementation of the Energy Community Treaty
Kantor as part of an international consortium implemented this EuropeAid project, providing technical assistance and capacity building to the Energy Efficiency Unit of the Ministry of Economic Development, the Energy Regulatory Agency of Montenegro, and the Transmission System Operator, in order to facilitate the implementation of the country’s obligations under the Energy Community Treaty.
Institutional Capacity Building of the Egyptian Electric Utility and Consumer Protection Regulatory Agency (2008)
The overall objective of the project was to provide capacity building support to the Egyptian Electric Utility and Consumer Protection Agency (EEUCPRA) in its efforts to reform the electricity market and to exercise its mandated functions, taking into account international best practices in the regulation of the electricity sector. The specific objective of this Framework Contract was to assist the regulator to review the tariff application made by the electricity utility EPCG, based on the tariff regulation issued by ERA. According to the provisions of the Law on Energy, the tariff application is made by the utility (at present EPCG is the monopoly electricity utility in Montenegro), and this application has to be reviewed by the regulator within 80 days. The specific activities undertaken included the following: Hands-on support throughout the tariff review process, review of the energy law and tariff regulation and recommendations on areas for improvement, review of the tariff application including the data submitted by EPCG, review of the detailed calculations for revenue requirements and tariff levels, review of the asset valuation report, preparation of a DCF valuation model to be used by ERA staff, analysis of whether the costs given for cost of operation, depreciation, and return on investment for each category of tariffs were justified, recommendations for actions to be taken by ERA in terms of the tariff review and cost levels to accept, training.