USAID has compiled a library of resources from the Renewable Energy Auctions Toolkit and external sources to support the development and implementation of reverse energy auctions.

  • Fact Sheet

    Why Choose Auctions?

    Renewable energy auctions allow policymakers to procure clean energy at competitive prices by assisting in price discovery and reducing windfall profits for power producers. Read the fact sheet

  • Guide

    Designing Renewable Energy Auctions: A Policymaker’s Guide

    The Policymaker’s Guide introduces key auction design concepts for energy ministries, utilities, regulators, and other stakeholders who make decisions on the design of renewable energy auctions. Read the guide

  • Fact Sheet

    Stages of Renewable Energy Auctions

    Following 800 renewable energy auctions in 61 countries, it is now possible to identify some common stages of design and implementation that auction programs move through as they mature. Read the fact sheet

  • Fact Sheet

    Auction Design Process

    The auction design process allows policymakers to align policy objectives early and tailor the auction to policy objectives, level of market readiness, and institutional capabilities. Read the fact sheet

  • Guide

    The Social Impacts of Renewable Energy Auctions

    The social impacts of renewable energy projects must be fully considered to avoid harmful outcomes for the local community, and financial losses for the developers. Read the guide

  • Fact Sheet

    Prequalification Requirements and Ceiling Prices

    Policymakers must carefully select and balance conditions, such as qualification requirements and ceiling prices, that bidders must comply with to participate in a renewable energy auction. Read the fact sheet

  • Fact Sheet

    Setting Financial Guarantees and Penalties

    Penalties, backed by financial guarantees, can help mitigate risks by ensuring the seriousness of bids and reducing the chance of project delays, non-completion, and underperformance during the operation phase. Read the fact sheet

  • Fact Sheet

    Important Features of Bankable Power Purchase Agreements

    There are ten important features in a bankable power purchase agreement that will help address and mitigate risks to the power purchase producer’s ability to pay off its lenders. Read the fact sheet

  • Fact Sheet

    Hybrid Renewable & Battery Energy Storage Systems Auctions

    New opportunities for policymakers, energy planners, and utilities are unlocking a multitude of benefits that come with integrating battery energy storage systems into the grid. Read the fact sheet

  • White Paper

    Bangladesh: System-Friendly Renewable Energy Procurement

    The white paper analyzes design solutions for system-friendly renewable energy procurement in Bangladesh and provides recommendations on their implementation. Read the white paper

  • White Paper

    System-Friendly Competitive Procurement for Renewables

    Key design elements of successful, system-friendly, renewable energy procurements include time-based incentives and penalties, aggregators or virtual hybrids, procurement of physical hybrid solutions, and location-based incentives. Read the white paper

  • White Paper

    Technology Selection in Auctions: Lessons Learned

    Countries must decide which technologies should compete in the auction. Based on the policy objectives and the stage of the auction program, countries can choose from a broad technology spectrum. Read the white paper

  • Website

    Greening the Grid

    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory and USAID provide expertly curated information and guidance to support countries in power system transformation and grid modernization. Visit the website

  • White Paper

    Variable Renewable Energy Forecasting

    Grid operators and regulators can use variable renewable energy (VRE) generation forecasting as a cost-effective method for addressing barriers to the grid integration of VRE. Read the white paper

  • White Paper

    Impact on System Operations

    Policymakers can improve a national power system’s operations and dramatically cut costs by increasing the power system’s flexibility to integrate large amounts of variable renewable energy. Read the white paper

  • White Paper

    Challenges in the Development of VRE in Bangladesh

    Energy stakeholders outline barriers to scaling up variable renewable energy (VRE) in Bangladesh and present solutions to spur growth in grid-connected renewables. Read the white paper

  • White Paper

    India: System-Friendly Renewable Energy Procurement

    As renewable energy prices fall and uptake increases, India turns to employing system-friendly procurement for new projects. Read the paper

  • Dialogue

    Asia EDGE Regional Competitive Procurement Dialogue

    This three-day event introduced participants to advanced procurement trends and helped them develop new skills in designing and modifying renewable energy competitive procurements. View the presentations

  • Webinar

    India: Round-the-Clock Power Procurement

    India explores how this new renewable energy procurement approach reduces the costs to the system, minimizes intermittency, and matches power supply and demand. View the webinar

  • Workshop

    India: System-Friendly Renewable Energy Procurement

    India explores procurement design solutions that help minimize both generation and system integration costs. Solutions include time-based incentives and penalties, aggregators or virtual hybrids, physical hybrids, and locational signals. View the presentation

  • Workshop

    Tanzania: Competitive Procurement

    Tanzania examines factors influencing auction prices worldwide, auction design, and bankable power purchase agreements, as well as how to use government support when addressing barriers to financing renewable energy investments. View the presentations

  • Workshop

    Senegal: Analyzing Competitive Bids for Power Generation

    Senegal explores relevant technical and financial requirements for in-house competitive bidding processes. View the presentations

  • 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

  • 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

  • Kazakhstan

    Power the Future: Kazakhstan

    USAID partners with the Kazakhstan Electricity and Power Market Operator to design and implement auctions, helping the country transition to a climate-resilient economy and meet its ambitious renewable energy targets. 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

  • Case Study

    Colombia Engages Private Sector and Forges Energy Future

    After awarding nine power purchase agreements, Colombia incorporates a private sector engagement strategy to ensure renewable energy projects are completed utilizing local labor. Read the case study

  • Fact Sheet

    India Releases Two System-Friendly Tenders

    India 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

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USAID has compiled a library of resources from the Renewable Energy Auctions Toolkit and external sources to support the development and implementation of reverse energy auctions.
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