World Bank initiative aims to develop renewable-friendly smart grids

World Bank help to develop smart grids
The World Bank and Clean Energy Ministerial are offering middle-income and developing countries access to technical guidance on smart grid development

Middle-income as well as developing countries can apply to the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) for help with grid modernization to allow the integration of large volumes wind and solar energy.

The World Bank is working with the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) on a new ESMAP initiative –  the Variable Renewable Energy Integration Program, which aims to help countries develop capacity for long-term grid planning, market design, renewable energy pricing, development of rules of access to electricity grids, and strengthening of the electricity dispatch and transport infrastructure.

Smart grid technical training

Countries participating in the initiative will have access to technical experts, knowledge and resources through CEM’s 21st Century Power Partnership (21CPP) and Clean Energy Solutions Center.

Anita Marangoly George, senior director of the World Bank’s Energy and Extractives Global Practice, said: “Technical assistance is critical for developing the policies, targeted investments and infrastructure that make the transition to renewable-friendly grids possible.

“The World Bank and the Clean Energy Ministerial can bring together technical expertise, country engagement and financing to help facilitate this transition.”

The ESMAP and CEM initiatives will deliver knowledge on technical integration of renewable energy and smart grids to harmonized policy and regulatory frameworks, drawing on the experiences of vanguard countries already managing high percentages of wind and solar penetration.

The Clean Energy Solutions Center will provide just-in-time technical assistance to policy makers participating in the ESMAP initiative through its ‘Ask-An-Expert’ service.

This collaboration will expand the work of 21CPP on grid integration already underway through multi-year technical assistance programs in India, Mexico, and South Africa.

The ESMAP initiative, although still in its early stages, is already evaluating proposals for support in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Honduras, Haiti, Morocco, Ukraine, India, Philippines, Seychelles, South Africa and Vietnam.  World Bank