Climate Change Induced Water Scarcity - Impacts on the Power Sector



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Business sector:

Power and energy

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PSD disclosed:

26 Jul 2018

Project Description

Increasing energy and resources demand and intensifying impacts of climate change pose growing challenges to the energy generation and transmission systems. Economic development and raising temperatures increase demand for air-conditioning and cooling and change the pattern of the electricity demand in the grid. At the same time, despite new generation capacity additions to the grid, the power output of the generating assets is projected to significantly decrease as a direct impact of climate change.

The overall objective of this TC project is to more effectively articulate the issue of climate change-induced water scarcity on power production and put it on the policy and business agenda in EBRD countries of operation. This is to be achieved through the development and dissemination of a knowledge product aimed at national governments and power utilities that:

•          provides an initial, quantitative view of the water intensity of the energy sector and the resulting water scarcity risks that owners / operators of power production facilities face based on a robust dataset comprised of main water related KPIs;

•          identifies appropriate water saving technologies and upgrade options (and associated investment needs) that could be incorporated into investment planning to address these risks;

•          provides innovative metrics / indicators (e.g. Value-at-Risk) and approaches to support decision making.

The project will be undertaken via workstreams. The first workstream will cover the development of the knowledge product, and the second will involve targeted dissemination activities in EBRD Countries of Operation (COOs) and development of appropriate supportive online portals / interfaces.

Workstream 1 – Development of knowledge product on impacts of climate change induced water scarcity on power production in EBRD COOs.

This workstream will involve all the activities required to produce the knowledge product. The knowledge product is a briefing primarily targeted at decision makers in governments and power utilities that aims to transfer new knowledge in order to promote more informed policy making and business decisions.

The development of the knowledge product will require undertaking in each of the countries (a) a power plant water intensity baseline assessment, (b) analysis of future power sector water demand and cost scenarios, and (c) translating findings into appropriate metrics and indicators relevant to decision makers and drafting of the  knowledge product. This work will build upon methodologies and database structure(s) prepared under previous assignments.

Workstream 2 – Targeted dissemination workshops and online portal development

The consultant shall identify specific audience(s) in EBRD countries of operations (Ministries, utilities, regulators, etc), and develop a dissemination plan to reach them. The Plan should outline delivery of:

            •          Up to 3 in-country workshops / meetings / briefings;

•          A webinar;

•          Potential high-visibility events where EBRD staff may disseminate findings (e.g. UNFCCC meetings, power and energy conferences, etc).

Procurement Enquiries

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Any competitive selections for business opportunities relating to this project will be published on the EBRD's website: Consultancy Procurement Opportunities.

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