Our Activities

Within the few years since the startup of AESG, we have successfully brought our expertise to bear in a number of different areas related to energy, especially renewable, in more than 15 different countries on and outside the African continent. On this site you find our previous and ongoing activities as well as our references.

  • Zambia: AESG lead the team that did the Formulation of Action: “support to Zambia Energy Sector: Increased Access to Electricity and Renewable Energy Production, 28th Oct – 4th Dec 2015

     

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    • Defining the measures and instruments which need to be implemented to facilitate investments in the renewable/sustainable energy sector (electricity generation, cogeneration, mini-grid, solar home systems, clean cooking systems, biogas, etc…). Defining the legal and institutional arrangements needed to expedite the planning and development of renewable energies, rural electrification and energy efficiency;
    • Defining the Capacity Building program for public and private project development with emphasis on renewable energy applications and energy efficiency, both at technical and organisational levels for the key actors in the energy sector.
    • Defining an indicative list of studies (identification, feasibility, etc…) and surveys which could be financed to facilitate investments in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors. This should include the modalities for identifying, selecting and developing demonstration project(s) to prove a viable case/business models for investment in renewable energy and/or energy efficiency development in Zambia and provide for lessons learnt;
    • Defining and analysing the various possibilities to implement the different components of the programme with the associated budget and planning.

     

     

    Reference: EUC- GFA (Germany), Ms Regina Reuter, Reuter@gfa-group.de

     

  • Rwanda: AESG coordinated Global Energy Transfer Feed in Tariffs (GET FIT) project, 16th- 19th September 2015

     

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    AAESG was in charge of organizing and coordinating the meetings and discussions with the sector stakeholders including Government and public Institutions, private sector, Development Partners, Regulatory Authority, etc.

     

     

     

    References: KfW/Multiconsult (Norway), Ryan Anderson, Ryan.glenn.anderson@multiconsult.no

     

  • Kenya: Chaired and Moderated the East African Power Industry Convention (EAPIC), 27th – 28th August 2015

     

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    AESG carried out the task of moderating the presentations, discussions and strategic networking of different stakeholders in the sector including investors, manufacturers, project managers, policy makers, power utilities, and energy specialists from the region and beyond.

     

     

    References: Spintelligent: East African Power Industry Convention (EAPIC), Ms Natalie Bacon, Natalie.Bacon@spintelligent.com

     

  • Eritrea: Lead the World Bank study on the Readiness for Investments in Sustainable Energy (RISE), 1st July – 30th August 2015

     

     

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    AESG carried out the task involved in the empirical fact finding on the status of the country response to the SE4ALL objectives (Energy Access, Increased RE contribution and Energy Increased Efficiency). Interviewees included the Ministry responsible for Energy, Private Sector Actors in REs, Households (rural and urban), Relevant Development Partners, etc.

     

     

    References: Greenmax Capital Advisors/ World Bank, cja@greenmaxcap.com

  • Ethiopia: High Level Session Moderator, 12th – 16th July 2015

     

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    The task AESG was involved in was the moderation of High Level Panel and “invite only” audience on the “Harmonization and coordination of Pan-African and international energy initiatives - How to foster coherence among key energy actors in Africa”

     

    References: EU Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility; Mr David Otieno,  david.otieno@euei-pdf.org

     

  • Ethiopia: High Level Session Moderator, 12th – 16th July 2015

     

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    AESG was engaged in working on the preparation of the bid which involved the entire methodology; rationale, strategy, Work scheduling and Logframe. The task also involved a brief visit to Zanzibar to collect the country’s energy sector background information.

     

    References: Suez Environment (Safege SAS) Brussels; Mr Aaron Imperiale, Aaron.IMPERIALE@safege.com

     

  • Rwanda: Capacity Building planning under the SE4All - 11th EDF EU support programme to Rwanda, 30th April - 30th May 2015

     

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    AESG identified capacity gaps in all Institutions relevant to the Energy sector in the country. These included the Rwanda Energy Group (Energy Utility and Energy Development Departments), Regulatory Authority, Environment Authority, Private Sector Federation, Rwanda Development Board, Rwanda Bureau of Statistics, as well as the Department of Forestry and Biomass in the Ministry of Natural Resources.

     

    Reference: EU Commission in Rwanda; Mr Marc Buchmann, arc.BUCHMANN@eeas.europa.eu

     

  • Burundi, DRC & Rwanda: Promoting private investment in renewable energy in the framework of the SE4ALL initiative, December – April, 2015.

     

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    AESG led the team that did the intervention aimed to promote the development of private investment in the field of renewable energy in three countries of the Great Lakes region (Burundi, DRC, Rwanda).  More precisely, the intervention is to identify the key factors, which hinder private investment in the region and to establish a consolidated document (“burning issues" document).  Corrective mechanisms will have to be proposed, including the usefulness of strengthening and revitalizing the centers of new and renewable energies present in the region.

     

    Reference: EU – BizClim And AETS Paris, Ms Magdalena Wankowicz, magdalena.wankowicz@aets-consultants.com

  • Eritrea: EU Senior Energy Expert, February – March, 2015-06-2015

     

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    AESG carried out defining the content of possible cooperation (through the new NIP and programs pre-identification) with Eritrea in the energy sector and especially in the areas of access to energy, renewable energy development and Energy Efficiency; A draft of the energy part of the National Indicative Programme (NIP); Deliverables included;

     

     A report supporting the proposed energy part of the NIP with a project pipeline with pre-identification fiches in order of priority and relevance to the nature of sustainable development and an interest in improving access to energy and sustainable development.

    Detailed analysis of the priorities of programs and projects to be implemented in the NIP with an estimate of financial need for each project.

     

     

    Reference: EU Delegation office in Asmara, Mr Marc Debruycker, Marc.debruycker @eeas.europa.eu

     

  • Germany: Panel participation for GiZ, November 20142015

     

     

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    AESG did consultancy on The Renewable Energies, water and Agriculture in a nexus perspective. Focus on Rwanda and other developing countries The Renewable Energies, water and Agriculture in a nexus perspective. Focus on Rwanda and other developing countries.

     

     Reference: Dr Maria Weitz, In charge Powering Agriculture Project, maria.weitz@giz.de

  • France: Panel participation for the OECD, November 2014

     

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    The session explored how the nexus approach could inform ongoing discussions regarding the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In the outcome document of the Rio+20 conference, water, energy and land feature as priority areas for the formulation of SDGs. The sustainable use and management of water, energy and land resources are recognised as being a first step towards poverty eradication and sustainable development. The document includes both stand-alone water, energy and land-related goals, but also recognises the cross-cutting nature of these issues by including indicators in a number of other relevant goals (e.g., on poverty, infrastructure or cities). The session explored what the proposed SDGs cover, and their implication for the nexus.

    Reference: OECD, Simon Upton, Director; Directorate of Environment: Simon.Upton@oecd.org

     

    Germany : Panellist for the GiZ, November 2014

    The Renewable Energies, water and Agriculture in a nexus perspective. Focus on Rwanda and other developing countries

     

    Reference: GiZ: Dr Maria Weitz, Incharge Powering Agriculture Project: maria.weitz@giz.de

     

  • Angola : Consultancy for the Association of Power Utilities of Africa, September 2014

     

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    Moderating the dialogue amongst Ministers of Energy and other High Level Officials from Africa during the 18th Congress of APUA-ASEA.

    Reference: Association of Power Utilities of Africa (APUA-ASEA)

     

  • Tunisia, Eastern and Southern Africa: Advisory services on strategic growth for STEG-IS, September 2014 - ongoing

    Provision of advisory services for the Tunisian utility STEG on its expansion to markets in Eastern and Southern Africa.

     

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  • Eritrea: Overview and analysis of the energy sector situation in Eritrea, May - June 2014. Provision of energy expertise in the cooperation between the Government of Eritrea and the EU

     

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    Providing an overview of the Energy sector situation in Eritrea and its sub-sectors (electricity and other sources). This reflected the aspects of generation, transmission, distribution, energy access, efficiency, sector governance and institutional reforms under the SE4ALL initiative. On the basis of the analytical work carried out under Diagnostic, Identification phase was conducted following several axes of intervention in Energy under the 11th EDF. This includes an identification and justification of the most suitable energy projects that respond to Eritrea’s energy needs as well as respecting EU Commission financing principles as well as identification and justification of financing modalities.

  • Kenya: Transaction advice for the Geothermal Development Company, January 2014 - ongoing

    Co-team leadership in the technical development of geothermal development.

     

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    Providing transaction advice to the Geothermal Development Company ranging from technical, legal, financial, PPP and procurement on development of 400 MW Menengai Phase I.

    Reference: Geothermal Development Company: Dr Silas Simiyu (CEO))

  • Rwanda: Consultancy for the EU Commission, July 2013 - ongoing

    Providing an overview of the situation of the Energy sector and its sub-sectors, in particular electricity.

     

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    Aspects of generation, transmission, distribution, access, efficiency, sector governance and institutional reforms were the key elements to focus on. Identification: On the basis of the analytical work carried out under Diagnostic, Identification phase followed and came up with several agreed upon interventions in Energy sector under the 11th EDF. This included identification and justification of the most suitable sub-sectors, as well as identification and justification of financing modalities i.e. sector budget support, project approach, and a mix of both. Formulation: This phase consists of detailing and developing the option(s) previously chosen for the EU intervention in the Energy sector of Rwanda under the 11th EDF. The whole 5 year project package totals up to Euro 200 Million.

     

    Reference: EU Commission, Mr. Marc Buchmann. marc.buchmann@eeas.europa.eu

  • Democratic Republic of Congo & Rwanda: Consultancy for the EU Commission, September – December 2013. Provision of gas expertise and technical assistance

     

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    Technical assistance in coordinating the process of revising the mandatory prescriptions that shall guide the development of Lake Kivu gas resources in both Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda.

     

    EU Commission: Mr. Machiels Olivier olivier.machiels@eeas.europa.eu

  • Kenya: Transaction advice for the Geothermal Development Company, January 2014 - ongoing

    Co-team leadership in the technical development of geothermal development.

     

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  • Tanzania: Consultancy for the World Bank, May – June 2013

    Tanzania Market Intelligence survey for Lighting Africa Initiative

     

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    Analysis of the energy sector in Tanzania: energy policy, available technologies, supply and demand related to Lighting Africa Initiative. Lighting Africa will directly contribute to the Millennium Development Goals and is a cornerstone of the World Bank’s Clean Energy and Development Investment Framework and the Africa Energy Access Scale-up Plan Status report on the lighting alternatives in the country with focus to the bottom of the pyramid population.

     

    World Bank: Mr. Clifford J. Aron: cja@greenmaxcap.com

  • Benin: Consultancy for NEPAD/ UN Economic Commission for Africa, May 2013

    Launching of Rural Transformation Programme

     

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    Provision of infrastructure expertise. Analysis of the role of infrastructure (Energy, Transport, Communication) for growth and development in Africa: rural electrification, communication infrastructure in rural areas and development of roads. Status report on infrastructure transformation and development in Africa with focus on Energy, Water, Transport and Communication.

     

    NEPAD / UN Economic Commission for Africa: Robert Lisinge: tlisinge@uneca.org

  • Rwanda: Consultancy for SNV Rwanda, March – April 2013

    Provision of team leadership and energy engineering expertise

     

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    Carry out a survey on Rwanda Improved Cook Stoves Programme. Market Based Solutions to Eliminate Energy Poverty in three districts; A report indicating recommended stoves to be promoted based on efficiency, marketability, quality and durability as well as recommendations on the demand and supply value chain.

     

    SNV Rwanda: Dr. Joeg Schaeffer: jschaeffer@snvworld.org

  • Rwanda: Consultancy for the UN Economic Commission for Africa, February – April 2013

    Provision of team leadership and communication expertise

     

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    Technical assistance in establishing a mobile application to enhance trade facilitation for women entrepreneurs in Rwanda, a prototype mobile software for both feature and smart phones that will assist women to do business better.

     

    UN Economic Commission for Africa: Mr. Mactar Seck: moctarseck@gmail.com

     

  • Uganda: Consultancy for the UN Economic Commission for Africa, February 2013. Provision of energy expertise in order to enhance energy access.

     

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    Coordinating Ministerial sessions in a conference on Enhancing Energy Access and Energy Security in the Eastern Africa Sub-region that took place in Kampala Uganda; Mapping of African Energy policies, challenges and opportunities in order to promote rural electrification, electricity generation projects, energy security. Special focus on electricity generation projects: generation, transmission, distribution, access, efficiency. Status report and recommendations on options that will ensure better access and efficiency in the Eastern Africa sub-region. Assist governments to develop energy plans/programs, to reform their energy sector, to promote rural electrification and renewable energy technologies.

  • Germany: Consultancy for the Government of Germany, 2012 – 2013

    Provision of co-chairmanship in the preparation of the Energy, Water and Food Security Nexus.

     

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    One year long engagement in the International Steering Committee that worked on the preparation process of the High Level International Conference on Energy, Water, and Food Security Nexus - Solutions to Green Economy. Analysis of innovative energy policy in Europe and Africa in order to enhance energy security, rural electrification, water access. Organization of an International conference on Energy, Water and Food Security Nexus, where the conference formed a platform for the Rio + 20.

     

    Government of Germany: Franz Marre: franz.marre@bmz.bund.de

  • Eastern and Southern Africa Region: Consultancy for Wärtsilä BV, 2011 – 2013

    Provision of advisory services and representation for the Wärtsilä BV market expansion.

     

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    Representing the company interests and marketing it in the region. Feedback to the company on emerging energy related activities in the covered countries. Linking the company officials to the high Government authorities in the said countries for business partnership

     

    Wärtsilä BV: Theo van Essen: theo.vanessen@wartsila.com

  • Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda: Consultancy for InfraCo/EleQtra, February – September 2013. Facilitation and local negotiation on infrastructure projects

     

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    Bringing on board local content and negotiation on infrastructure projects of interest to the company. Example; Geothermal, solar and petroleum products in Rwanda, and commuter rail transport in Kenya, etc.

     

    InfraCo/EleQtra: Gad Cohen: gad.cohen@eleqtra.com

  • Rwanda: Consultancy for the Government of Rwanda, September 2011 – March 2012

    Biomass Energy Survey in both rural and urban settings in the country.

     

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    Provision of team leadership and biomass expertise. Analysis of Rwanda Energy policy, challenges and opportunities, electrification policy, electricity generation project, grid connections. Identification of the main actors of the energy sector and the main actors involved in the biomass sector. Status report on biomass demand and supply status in Rwanda.

     

    Government of Rwanda: Niyibizi Mbanzabigwi: mbanzabigwi@gmail.com

  • Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda: Consultancy for African Development Bank, October – November 2012

    Provision of team leadership, energy and infrastructure expertise for the East African Community.

     

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    Assisting the East African Community in preparing the East African Community Heads of State Summit on Infrastructure Development and Financing focusing on Energy and Transport in the Region. Analysis of the East-African energy policy, challenges and opportunities, electrification policy, electricity generation project, Grid connections opportunities. Delivered a report on the recommended priority projects in Energy and Transport that were presented to the Summit of the EAC Heads of State for endorsement.

     

    African Development Bank: Mr. Philip Wambugu: pwambugu@eachq.org

  • Rwanda: Consultancy for Feedback Infrastructure, October – November 2012

    Consulting the Indian chapter of feedback infrastructure in establishing the power customer data base.

     

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    Assisted Feedback Infrastructure in establishing the power customer data base. Developing the registry format for the new customers. Providing logistical support in terms of discussions with the utility officials, etc.

     

    Feedback Infrastructure, India: Mr. Anurag Raizad, anurag.raizada@feedbackinfra.com

  • Tanzania: Consultancy for USTDA, September 2012

    Identify and assess energy projects that would be worth acquiring grants to support

     

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    Technical and economic feasibility studies, development of detailed engineering specifications and bid documents, preparation of legal and commercial documents, financial advisory services etc. Delivered a report on the recommended companies that qualify for USTDA support for RE initiatives.

     

    USTDA. Mr. Clifford J. Aron: cja@greenmaxcap.com

  • Burundi: Consultancy for the Government of Burundi, June 2012

    Advising the Ministers of Energy and Environment in the Republic of Burundi on Biomass Energy Strategy.

     

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     Analysis of Burundi energy policy, challenges and opportunities for biomass projects, electrification policy, electricity generation project, grid connections context in Burundi. Identification of the main actors of the energy sector and the main actors involved in the biomass sector. Presentation of the report to the Ministers of Energy and Environment. Formulation of recommendations related to Biomass Energy strategy in Burundi.

     

    Republic of Burundi: Mr Andre de Groote: IFDC Program Regional coordinator, adegroote@ifdc.org

  • Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda: Consultancy for African Development Bank, October – November 2012

    Provision of team leadership, energy and infrastructure expertise for the East African Community.

     

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    Rwanda: Consultancy and partnership with the Government of Rwanda, January – June 2012

    Participating as a partner in the establishment of the Renewable Energy Strategy in Rwanda.

     

    Ref: Morten Søndergaard: morten.sondergaard@dem.dk

  • Africa, 3 countries in all 5 Regional Economic Blocks in Africa (15 countries): Consultancy for AfDB, September 2011 – July 2012

    Assessment of impact made by the “Connect Africa” initiative on the continent.

     

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     Address the Information and communication Technology gaps in Africa. Connect Africa status report reflecting the infrastructure, e-applications, capacity as well as legal and regulatory status in Africa.

     

    AFDB: Jack Salieu s.jack@afdb.org

  • Austria: Consultancy for the EU, April 2010 – May 2014

    Partnership Dialogue Facility on Africa Regional energy related matters focusing more on Renewables.

     

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    Analysis of energy policy, challenges and opportunities, electrification policy, electricity generation project, grid connections opportunities. Formulation of recommendations related to the formulation of plans/programs in order to reform the energy sector to modern and sustainable energy services and energy security. This was more to do with linkages between the Ministers of Energy within the African Union Commission and those from the EU commission. Delivered the final report "Renewable Energy targets by 2015 as well as energy efficiency levels for Africa".

     

    European Union Energy Initiative: Mike Enskat: mike.enskat@giz.de

  • Africa, 3 countries in all 5 Regional Economic Blocks in Africa (15 countries): Consultancy for AfDB, September 2011 – July 2012

    Assessment of impact made by the “Connect Africa” initiative on the continent.

     

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  • Regional Economic Communities (East African Community: CEPGL, EGL, COMESA, NELSAP): Consultancy for the World Bank, November – December 2012

    Consulting the World Bank on energy policy and advisory and strategy

     

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    Assisted the World Bank task teams in political and strategic review of the energy  projects and programs and facilitated understandings and agreements between relevant parties to advance the projects within the RECs and the Regional Power Pools starting with the Eastern and the Southern Africa regions and coming up with a proposal on the course of action that would enhance acceleration of the projects. This covered discussions with Governments (Ministers of Energy and their respective technical teams), experts that are carrying out studies (where relevant) and any other Institutions and Bodies that are involved in these projects. Identified new energy related initiatives (purely public, total private, or a mix) within the RECs and individual countries that in one way or the other attributed to the WB strategy of advocating for increased energy access especially in Sub Sahara Africa.

     

    World Bank: Vijay Iyer: viyer1@worldbank.org

  • Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia: Consultancy for Contour Global, August 2011 – August 2012

    Representing the company interests and marketing it in the region..

     

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    Feedback to the company on emerging energy related activities in the covered countries. Linking the company officials to the high Government authorities in the said countries for business partnership.

     

    ContourGlobal (New York based energy company): Joseph Brandt, President and CEO, Joseph.Brandt@contourglobal.com

  • Mozambique, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Ethiopia: Consultancy for the World Bank, January 2010 – March 2012

    Provision of advice to different countries and RECs including Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, EAC, COMESA, CEPGL, EGL, NELSAP.

     

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    Coordinating the Forum for African Energy Ministers focusing on Mozambique, the host of the Forum and Egypt, the new host. Organisation of the Ministerial conference on Climate Change and Regional Integration.

     

    World Bank: Vijay Iyer, World Bank Washington, viyer1@worldbank.org

  • Uganda: Consultancy for the Government of Uganda, September – December 2011

    Diagnostic Study of the Challenges and Opportunities facing the Government Of Uganda (GoU) in petroleum industry.

     

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    The study would support the Development of an Extractive Resources Services (ERS) Country Advisory Program under taken by the Africa Centre for Economic Transformation; Study supported by the Centre for African Economic Transformation (ACET) based in Ghana. Analysis, energy engineering, technical study. Delivered a final report on Uganda Petroleum development reflecting the roles of all stakeholders in the industry.

     

    Sheila Khama: skhama@acetforafrica.org

 

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