Central Asia Energy Utility Partnership

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MEETING ENERGY SECURITY PRIORITIES & RENEWABLE ENERGY TARGETS

Providing secure and reliable access to energy is critical to economic growth, while diversifying energy sources strengthens energy security. In Central Asia, increased deployment of renewable generation and enhanced opportunities for cross-border power trade can help the region solve their most urgent energy security challenges and achieve sustainable development goals. To create an enabling environment for the regional transition to cleaner, more reliable power supply and encourage establishment of an integrated power market, the United States Energy Association (USEA) in cooperation with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) established a Central Asia Partnership within its Energy Utility Partnership Program (EUPP).

EUPP strengthens the capacity of utilities and other energy sector organizations in USAID-assisted countries to effectively manage and operate power systems, run financially viable businesses, adopt new business models, and integrate various energy resources into their grid. In Central Asia, the new partnership provides capacity building support and technical assistance to energy stakeholders in all five Central Asian countries to assist them with meeting their energy security priorities and renewable energy targets. The partnership’s activities support two key USAID regional energy activities: the USAID Power the Future program and CASA-1000 Secretariat.

The Central Asia Partnership support of these USAID programs will assist in achieving several major objectives:

  • Increasing the use of renewable energy;
  • Establishing a Central Asia Regional Electricity Market (CAREM);
  • Interlinking the power systems of four contiguous countries in Central Asia – the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

ACTIVITY COUNTRIES AND DURATION

Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan; June 2020 – April 2022

AREAS OF SUPPORT

 

  • Grid Integration of Renewable Energy
  • Improvement of Transmission Networks
  • Power Sector Modeling & Planning for Renewable Energy   
  • National Electricity Markets
  • Energy Sector Digitization & Cyber-Security
  • Hydroelectric Energy Development

 

ACCOMPLISHMENTS TO DATE

  • Additional modules of the DIgSILENT PowerFactory software, provided to the regional Coordinating Dispatch Center Energia (CDC Energia), the National Electricity Transmission Company of Uzbekistan, and the Electric Transmission Networks of Tajikistan, will result in improved efficiency of national grids, reduced power outages and network interruptions, and improved overall stability and reliability of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan’s electric grids, as well as strengthen these countries’ energy security due to expanded renewable generation.
  • A peer review of the draft Wholesale Electricity Market Concept and the Rules of the Wholesale Electricity Market of the Kyrgyz Republic, developed by the Kyrgyz Electricity Settlement Center (KESC), provided recommendations to refine these concept papers and improve the initial design of the wholesale electricity market and associated institutions in the Kyrgyz Republic. In the long run, this effort will facilitate regional power trade, which will lower wholesale energy costs and improve energy security not only in the Kyrgyz Republic but also in all other Central Asian states. 

ONGOING ACTIVITIES

  • Power Sector Modeling & DIgSILENT PowerFactory training for CDC Energia
  • Digital Substation Technology for the Kazakhstan Electricity Grid Operating Company (KEGOC)
  • Power System Modeling and Long-Term Planning for the Electric Transmission Networks of Tajikistan
  • Power System Modeling and Long-Term Planning for the National Electricity Transmission Company of Uzbekistan
  • Peer Review of the draft Activity Plan for the Establishment and Operation of the Wholesale Electricity Market in the Kyrgyz Republic for the Kyrgyz Electricity Settlement Center

Contacts

Kristen Madler, USAID/E3/Energy Division 
Agreement Officer’s Representative 
kmadler@usaid.gov |+1(202)712-4295    

Marina N. Barnett, USEA-EUPP
Senior Program Coordinator
mbarnett@usea.org | +1(202)312-1248

Lora Kudaibergenova, USAID/Central Asia
Project Management Specialist
lkudaibergenova@usaid.gov | +7(727)250-7612

Last updated: June 02, 2021

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