سرمایه گذاری در انرژی های تجدید پذیر توسط بانک جهانی
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||تعداد صفحات مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی|
|22963||2001||11 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید|
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Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Energy Policy, Volume 29, Issue 9, July 2001, Pages 689–699
World Bank Group lending for renewable energy accelerated in the 1990s and resulted in 17 approved projects with $700 million in Bank loans and $230 million in grants by the Global Environment Facility. The Bank's 1999 energy-sector strategy Fuel for Thought charted new directions for renewable energy investment. The present paper considers the implementation challenges of Fuel for Thought strategies and the opportunities for carrying them out. The paper distinguishes between agendas in the energy and rural-development sectors, and reviews limitations to implementing these agendas. Lessons from projects are just emerging, but suggest five areas of support for renewable energy by the Bank in the future: renewable energy financing, electric power policy frameworks, rural energy enterprises, regulated rural energy concessions, and domestic technology manufacturing. Interviews with the private sector suggest additional forms of support: assist with business plans, finance pre-feasibility studies, reduce commercial risks, support joint ventures, build market volume and stability, and pilot and test innovative business models. The effectiveness of the Bank in following through on its ambitious agenda fundamentally rests on the willingness and commitment of developing countries to pursue these strategies and the degree to which renewable energy applications are seen to serve countries’ development priorities.
World Bank Group lending for renewable energy projects in developing countries accelerated during the 1990s as a confluence of development, environment and social factors began to convince the Bank and its client countries that renewable energy projects were viable investments.1 By 1999, assisted by grants from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Bank had approved 17 renewable energy projects with a total cost of $3.2 billion, which includes Bank loans and credits of $700 million and GEF co-financing of $230 million. An additional 13 projects had been awarded about $210 million in grants by the GEF but not yet approved by the Bank (see the appendix for a description of the Bank's renewable energy project portfolio). Three milestones stand out in the evolution of renewable energy within the Bank during the 1990s. In 1992, the Bank established the Asia Alternative Energy Program (ASTAE) to bring renewable energy and energy efficiency into the Bank's power sector lending in Asia.2 Funded primarily from outside the Bank by bilateral donors and other partners, ASTAE greatly facilitated preparation and implementation of a broad portfolio of renewable energy projects and activities throughout Asia. ASTAE experts also assisted with renewable energy projects in other operating regions of the Bank and were able to boost renewable energy activity by enabling Bank task managers to proceed with greater confidence in developing the new project approaches demanded by renewable energy and in working with new local country counterparts. In 1996, the Bank published Rural Energy and Development: Improving Energy Supplies for Two Billion People ( World Bank, 1996a). This small book emphasized the connection between energy services and rural poverty alleviation. It highlighted the fact that two billion people still lack access to modern energy services like electricity. This book, and the work that preceded it, helped to launch preparation of more than 10 Bank projects for providing energy services to rural populations lacking access to electricity, through the use of solar photovoltaics and other renewables (see appendix for a review of the early studies). This book outlined an 8-point action plan for broadening energy access in rural areas, including a greater emphasis on rural energy throughout the Bank and a new rural energy initiative for Africa. In 1999, the World Bank board of directors adopted a sector-strategy paper entitled Fuel for Thought: Environmental Strategy for the Energy Sector. This paper promised to promote energy sector reform that makes renewables more competitive with conventional energy sources (often called “leveling the playing field”). It also promised to promote renewable energy projects “as mainstream activities where they are cost-effective solutions to energy and environmental priorities” and to “expand support for the identification and preparation of renewable energy…projects” ( World Bank, 1999a, p. 35). Fuel for Thought also proposed a new “strategic partnership” with the GEF for renewable energy. The proposed strategies under this partnership recognized the experimental, iterative and time-intensive nature of effective models and strategies, along with the need for rapid response to private sector proposals. Four key features of the proposed program were: (a) adaptable program loans to provide long-term policy and investment programs (up to 10 years) in a particular country with flexible tranches and adjustable designs; (b) policy tools that facilitate supportive regulatory frameworks for grid-connected renewable energy in developing countries; (c) a rapid response envelope to allow quick investment decisions on private-sector opportunities meeting pre-agreed criteria; and (d) country-based intermediaries to identify and appraise projects. As an interim target, the Bank proposed $150 million annually in GEF resources combined with $600 million per year from the Bank and other sources. This commitment was far larger than historic lending patterns. Although the emerging renewable energy project portfolio and the plans in the 1996 paper and in Fuel for Thought are laudable, the prospects for renewable energy investments by the Bank are still uncertain. What challenges does the Bank face in continuing to finance renewable energy investments in its client countries? What are the strategic opportunities for carrying out an ambitious renewable energy program, particularly in partnership with the private sector? Interviews conducted by the author with Bank task managers, private-sector renewable energy firms, and energy/environment researchers and advocates, combined with emerging project experiences from Bank projects, help to address these questions. This paper is based partly on a series of interviews conducted during 1998 and 1999 while the author worked as a consultant for the Environment Department of the World Bank. Nevertheless, the views expressed are strictly those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the World Bank Group or any of its client governments.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
The Bank has put much effort and resources into renewable energy in the last 10 years but still has comparatively little on the ground to show for it. The volume of completed investments from all projects is still small relative to their targeted investments. For example, of the more than half-million solar home systems which could be installed as a result of approved projects, only about 8000 had been financed and installed by 1999. Of the several hundred megawatts of grid-connected wind power, biomass and small-hydro in approved projects in the 1990s, less than 100 MW total had been installed. Several factors have limited and continue to limit the ability of the Bank to lend for renewable energy. Still, one could argue that past efforts, conducted together with client countries, have raised awareness, understanding, interest, and commitment among these countries to consider renewables more seriously in the future and to enact domestic policies and programs more inclusive of renewable energy. Through studies and dialogue, the Bank appears able to develop borrower understanding and commitment to renewable energy applications. GEF and bilateral financing for studies, project preparation, and project financing has also been a key factor facilitating project decisions on both the Bank and borrower side, especially in the face of risk. The Bank should continue to use education, technical assistance and persuasion to increase client demand for renewables while at the same time removing internal barriers to increase the Bank's ability and willingness to lend for renewables. But these are difficult tasks, and no one should expect the Bank to be able to expend adequate resources and time needed to do so — there is clearly a role for others here. It may be difficult for outside agents to help the Bank to increase internal support for renewables and overcome internal barriers. But NGOs, bilateral donors and other international agencies can work with developing countries and countries in transition to increase understanding of the contribution renewables can make to development priorities, and to enact policies that support renewables. The Bank needs to devote considerable attention and resources to integrating renewable energy into the development agenda of its social and rural development units. It should also consider additional strategies for involving and supporting the private sector. The lessons and experiences from existing projects have the potential to contribute substantially to an understanding of the most effective approaches to developing markets for renewable energy in developing countries while meeting pressing development needs. But many of these lessons still remain to be learned in the future as the project portfolio matures.