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ENERGY PLANNING AND PROGRAM EVALUATION
Strategic Planning

ERI provides strategic advice regarding factors that may affect its clients’ policies, programs and projects. Recent efforts in this area include the following.

  • Value of Emission Offsets in Selected U.S. States. ERI examined current air regulatory requirements and announced new capacity in selected U.S. states in order to identify the potential value of emission offsets created by its client’s activities. ERI also identified the factors and upcoming state proceedings that could significantly affect the value of those offsets in the marketplace.
  • Markets for Small Steam Turbines in India and China. ERI analyzed the key factors affecting markets for small (<20 MW) steam turbines in India and China, including government policies and industry practices that influence the production and demand for small turbines in each country. ERI estimated the market potential for steam turbines of 6 to 20 MW capacities in each country.
  • Development of a Coal Policy for Brazil. At the request of the Brazilian Government and U.S. Department of Energy, ERI assisted in developing Brazil’s national coal policy. ERI assessed the potential role of Brazil’s coal resources for fueling economic growth and the role of clean coal technologies to meet Brazil’s energy needs and strict environmental requirements.
Evaluation of Programs and Projects

ERI evaluates major energy programs and projects and makes recommendations for improving them. Some recent ERI projects in this area are described below.

  • Evaluation of USEA's Energy Partnership Program. ERI conducted an impact assessment of the U.S. Energy Association's Energy Partnership Program, which partners U.S. utilities and energy regulatory agencies with counterpart organizations in developing countries. Through a detailed questionnaire, ERI identified the Program's significant development impacts, contribution to power-sector reform and achievement of relevant USAID strategic objectives. ERI also recommended ways to improve the program and its implementation.
  • Evaluation of the China Sustainable Energy Program. ERI evaluated the China Sustainable Energy Program (CSEP), a program funded by the Packard and Hewlett Foundations and administered by the Energy Foundation to help China develop policies to meet its energy requirements in an environmentally acceptable manner. In conducting the evaluation, causal chains and key performance indicators were developed and more than 100 senior Chinese and foreign experts were interviewed to develop a set of findings and recommendations for improving the program.
  • Evaluation of the UK’s Coal Research and Development Programme. ERI led a panel of international experts to evaluate the progress of the Coal Research and Development Programme of the United Kingdom’s Department of Trade and Industry. Through expert interviews and other inputs, ERI helped identify the Programme’s successes and deficiencies and made recommendations. The report will help shape the future direction and funding of the program.

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