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USAID and policymakers around the world who have designed and implemented auctions share valuable insights, global trends, and lessons learned.
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  • Case Study

    Kazakhstan Renewable Energy Auctions

    Kazakhstan’s renewable energy auctions resulted in private investments and bid prices 25–40 percent below previous renewable tariff ceilings. Read the case study

USAID and policymakers around the world who have designed and implemented auctions share valuable insights, global trends, and lessons learned.

USAID Support

While 411 million people worldwide gained access to electricity between 2010 and 2018, and prices for clean energy technology have fallen dramatically in recent years, almost 800 million people still lack access, and many more suffer from poor service quality, including frequent and long power outages. Today, many developing countries are creating policy, legal, and regulatory frameworks to attract private investment in clean energy, increase energy efficiency, and expand electricity access. USAID works in partner countries across all aspects of the energy sector to support their journey to self-reliance. USAID is at the forefront of auction design and implementation, helping developing countries strengthen their energy sector through increased transparency and greater private sector participation.

USAID Projects and Initiatives

  • Colombia

    Reverse Energy Auction Design Support

    USAID is helping Colombia develop policy, regulatory, and business environments to procure renewable energy through auctions. The auction represents an opportunity to bring low-cost renewable energy, while promoting investment in Colombia’s energy sector. Visit the website

  • Kazakhstan

    Energy Auctions for Kazakhstan’s Green Economy

    Despite being a fossil fuel-based economy with a surplus of energy, Kazakhstan has a successful renewable energy auction program that is transforming its energy sector and diversifying its energy mix. Visit the website

  • Mexico

    Institutional Framework for Auctions

    Mexico has implemented a major restructuring of its power sector which, with assistance from USAID, resulted in some of the world’s most competitive renewable energy prices. Visit the website

  • India

    Partnership to Advance Clean Energy: India

    USAID partners with India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy to accelerate the deployment of utility-scale renewable energy through innovative competitive procurement frameworks. Visit the website

USAID Case Studies

  • Case Study

    Kazakhstan Renewable Energy Auctions

    Kazakhstan’s renewable energy auctions resulted in private investments and bid prices 25–40 percent below previous renewable tariff ceilings. Read the case study

  • Case Study

    Colombia Engages Private Sector to Accelerate Energy Future

    After awarding nine power purchase agreements, Colombia engages the private sector to ensure renewable energy projects are completed. Read the case study

  • Fact Sheet

    India Releases Two System-Friendly Tenders

    ndia releases two system-friendly renewable energy procurements that lower generation and integration costs—major milestones in the country’s transition to a renewable energy future. Read the fact sheet

  • Report

    Renewable Energy Incentives and Auctions: Lessons for ASEAN

    This report analyzes best practices and lessons learned from implementation of renewable energy incentives and policies in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states. Read the report

Last updated: November 20, 2020

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