Latest Publications

Under the Grid Report

Nov 2018

EMRC were co-authors on a report 'Under the Grid' which was led by the Rocky Mountain Institute. The report looks at ways to improve the economics and reliability of rural electricity service with undergrid minigrids. Download a copy of the report via the following link https://rmi.org/insight/under-the-grid

Special Report on Capped Estimated Billing

Nov 2018

NERC shared the Draft Consultation Paper on the Capping of Estimated Billing with distribution companies on 2 November 2018. The paper raises some issues of significant concern to distribution companies. For more information on this report please contact rahila.thomas@energy-mrc.com

September Monthly Risk Review

Sep 2018

Click on the link for our summary of the monthly horizon watch in Nigeria for September 2018. This is a summary of the report. For more information contact rahila.thomas@energy-mrc.com

Special Report - Draft Meter Services Agreement

Aug 2018

By the end of the year all meter installation will need to be passed across to MAPs. Therefore getting a robust and workable contract in place with each MAP is critical for future performance. Follow the link to read more about MAP. For more information on this report contact rahila.thomas@energy-mrc.com

COSST Model Training for LEWA

Jul 2018

MRC Group were engaged by the Lesotho Electricity and Water Authority (LEWA) to deliver Cost of Service Study Tariff (COSST) model training for LEWA, Lesotho Electricity Corporation (LEC) and the Department of Energy (DoE). The aim of the training was the building of an understanding in users of the COSST model and how to apply it and ensure users learn to operate the model effectively. Our training experts assisted appointed LEWA, LEC and DoE trainees to become COSST model experts that will be available as trainers to pass on their knowledge in years to come. Such training is intended to form the foundation for LEWA to undertake the determination of LEC’s tariffs for 2018/19 and beyond.

Energy Africa Forum Mauritius

Jul 2018

Rahila Thomas recently attended the Africa Energy Forum in Mauritius. The Forum was used as a launch event for the Electricity Regulatory Index (ERI) Report, launched by AfDB. Following on from the Energy Forum, Rahila was invited by AfDB to attend the first Africa Energy Market Place meeting in Abidjan to be part of developing a pathway to address the power situation in five African countries. 

Publicly Owned Energy Company (POEC)

Jul 2018

Alice Waltham contributed to the review on Publicy Ownded Energy Company (POEC). Follow this link to access the review. 

July Monthly Risk Review

Jul 2018

Click on the link for our summary of the monthly horizon watch in Nigeria for July 2018. This is a summary of the report. For more information contact rahila.thomas@energy-mrc.com

Power Rationing in a Long-Term Power Shortage

Jul 2018

EMRC co-authors a journal paper with the University of Edinburgh on power rationing in a long-term power shortage (Energy Policy). We develop methods to quantify the trade-off between maximising the total amount of power delivered and distributing the available power in a fairer way. We apply our methods to a case study of the Nigerian Power system and analyse the Pareto frontiers between efficiency and fairness. We show that current Nigerian policies reduce the total amount of power delivered by up to 5%. Please contact louise.thomson@energy-mrc.com for more details.

 

Rahila Thomas attends Business Day Conference

Jul 2018

Rahila Thomas attended the second edition of the Business Day Future of Energy series. This series was conceptualised to drive discourse and dialogue on current issues and future trends in Nigeria’s power sector with the aim of proffering recommendations, insights and innovative solutions that will not only unlock growth and investment opportunities in the industry, but also ensure the growth and development of the nation’s economy. 

Energy Africa Forum 2018

Jun 2018

Rahila Thomas will attend the Energy Africa Forum in Mauritius from 19-22nd June. The Africa Energy Forum (AEF) is the global investment meeting for Africa’s power, energy, infrastructure and industrial sectors. Now in its 20th year, AEF brings together senior decision-makers active in Africa's energy sector to form partnerships, identify opportunities and collectively move the industry forward. AEF has a loyal following of credible players working in the power space, and a track record of delivering a valuable networking experience. Contact rahila.thomas@energy-mrc.com for more details. 

June Monthly Risk Review

Jun 2018

Click on the link for our summary of the monthly horizon watch in Nigeria for June 2018. This is a summary of the report. For more information contact rahila.thomas@energy-mrc.com

May Monthly Risk Review

May 2018

Click on the link for our summary of the monthly horizon watch in Nigeria for May 2018. This is a summary of the report. For more information contact rahila.thomas@energy-mrc.com

Stakeholder Workshop in Lesotho

May 2018

Tom Jardine and Dan Eager were presenting at the final stakeholder workshop in Lesotho as part of the Cost of Service and Tariff Study. The study showed that the recent grid expansion in Lesotho has coincided with reducing average consumption per residential customer. These findings can be used by the regulator to justify the need to develop policies to stimulate Private sector companies to provide off-grid solar PV technology as an alternative cost-effective means to achieve electrification.

EMRC Strategy Meeting

May 2018

The team from EMRC in Abuja and Edinburgh met in Edinburgh in May. During the 3 day event the team participated in training sessions and discussed future strategy for EMRC. The meeting was an ideal opportunity for both teams to share their views on the future direction of the company and also to enjoy some social time together!

April Monthly Risk Review

Apr 2018

Click on the link for our summary of the monthly horizon watch in Nigeria for April 2018. This is a summary of the report. For more information contact rahila.thomas@energy-mrc.com

March Monthly Risk Review

Mar 2018

Click on the link for our summary of the monthly horizon watch in Nigeria for March 2018. This is a summary of the report. For more information contact rahila.thomas@energy-mrc.com

Off-Grid Energy Tariffs in Tanzania

Mar 2018

MRC has recently been appointed to develop a conceptual framework and decision-making tool for designing user charges for off-grid energy solutions and determining appropriate subsidization/incentive in Tanzania. It is designed to support policy makers and regulators in creating a level playing field for services supplied by off-grid solutions vs. the central grid, thereby supporting the broader objective of scaling up energy access in Tanzania.

Special Review on MAP Regulations

Mar 2018

The main change from the draft regulation is the introduction of a Metering Service Charge, which is a payment made by a customer provided with a MAP meter to cover the cost of metering services. This charge is separate from the MYTO retail tariff. This way of ring-fencing the charges associated with the MAP scheme may be beneficial but for Discos to take advantage of this there are several actions that must be undertaken. For a copy of the report contact us.

February Monthly Risk Review

Feb 2018

Click on the link for our summary of the monthly horizon watch in Nigeria for February 2018. This is a summary of the report. For more information contact rahila.thomas@energy-mrc.com

January Monthly Risk Review

Jan 2018

Click on the link for our summary of the monthly horizon watch in Nigeria for January 2018. This is a summary of the report. For more information contact rahila.thomas@energy-mrc.com