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The Electricity Governance Toolkit

Benchmarking Best Practice and Promoting Accountability in the Electricity Sector

The Toolkit consists of more than 60 indicators that address policy and regulatory processes in the electricity sector, with an emphasis on social and environmental issues. The toolkit is the product of an extensive external review process in 2004, and was pilot tested in Thailand, India, Indonesia, and the Philippines in 2005. This 2007 version of the toolkit has undergone significant revisions to reflect lessons learned from the pilot phase of assessments and additional expert input collected.

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Complete EGI Indicator Toolkit in English (PDF, 176 pp)

Complete EGI Indicator Toolkit in Portuguese (PDF, 176 pp)

Subset of the EGI Indicator Toolkit in Russian (PDF, 110 pp)

You can also refer to the February 2005 version here

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South African Organization Uses EGI’s ’10 Questions to Ask About Integrated Resources Planning’ Framework in Recent Report

Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS), a South African not-for-profit research organization, has recently released a report which utilizes EGI’s ’10 Questions to Ask About Integrated Resources Planning’ framework to reflect on South Africa’s opportunities and challenges for optimal electricity planning and implementation.

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Green Connection Presents 2014 Renewable Energy Programme Review

On September 3rd, EGI partner, Green Connection presented the results of the EGI-SA 2014 renewable energy programme review at a national gathering of civil society energy activists in Cape Town.

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EGI South Africa strengthens the public voice at South African Tariff Hearings

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (NERSA’s) held its first hearing in Cape Town on January 15th, 2013 to discuss a tariff proposal by Eskom (the South African electricity public utility) that would double electricity tariffs over the next five years.

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Shining a Light on Electricity Governance

The Electricity Governance Initiative is proud to announce the release of a new output titled “Shining a Light on Electricity Governance.” It highlights the work and specific outcomes of the EGI network since the initiative’s inception in 2003.

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EGI South Africa holds electricity pricing workshop at crucial moment


Energy choices affect energy prices

Over the last 3 years, electricity prices in South Africa have virtually doubled, and after a new request from Eskom announced on October 22, prices will likely increase further by 16% per year over the next 5 years. These increases have, expectedly, raised consumer concerns.

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Rio+20 in the Rear View: Why We Need to Connect the Grassroots to the Grasstops

Rio+20 may have ended more than two weeks ago, but the environmental and development communities are still feeling the disappointment. One of the biggest shortcomings was the lack of collaboration between citizen groups (the “grassroots”) and policy research organizations which influence policymakers (the “grasstops”). As WRI’s Manish Bapna points out “A gap and lack of coordination between grassroots and grasstops institutions was evident during the Rio+20 summit. Advancing sustainable development in a meaningful way hinges on bridging this gap.” In other words, creating political will and building the constituency necessary to support the policy changes being advocated for requires collaboration between different segments of civil society.

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EGI at the 14th International Anti-Corruption Conference

At a moment in which billions of dollars of financing are being sought to support developing countries to transition to low-carbon economies, relatively little attention is being paid to the ways in which decisions about expenditures are actually made. But with new technologies and new sources of financing emerging as potential drivers of an energy transformation, it is critical to understand the institutional structures and governance practices that shape sector choices. The Electricity Governance Initiative explored these issues on a panel at 14th International Anti-Corruption Conference in November 2010. Titled “Clean Energy: Conflicts of Interest and Corruption in the Electricity Sector,” the panel presented case-studies of the institutional backdrop for electricity sector planning and procurement. The panel examined how public funds for both conventional and renewable energy may serve vested interests, as well as ways in which electricity sector institutions in developing countries may be better designed to protect public interests in this capital intensive sector.

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2010 Forum on Clean Energy, Good Governance, and Electricity Regulation

To view more information about this event, including forum materials, background documents, and workshop presentations, please visit the event webpage here.

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