Nepal Energy Foundation had provided technical support in development of Electric Cooktops Standards in Nepal, and this has been approved by Nepal Council for Standards. A summary of the approved Standards is now being prepared by NEF, in assistance with Clean Cooking Alliance. The Synopsis provides information about the developed Standards and describes about the technical parameters included in the Standards in brief. It is expected to be a reference for policy makers, manufacturers, traders, users, and other stakeholders involved in electric cooking sector.
1. Demand Letter Submission to the Minister, Ministry of Energy, Water Resources, and Irrigation
Nepal Energy Foundation (NEF) and Women Network for Energy and Environment (WONEE) jointly handed over the letter of demand to Mr. Barsaman Pun, Minister, Ministry of Energy, Water Resource and Irrigation (MoEWRI). The Letter summoned for the equal participation of men and women on policy formulation on energy sector and decision-making procedure.
Nepal, being a male dominated country, has less involvement of women in decision-making role in every sector. Organization like NEF and WONEE would like to change the scenario in energy sector and a demand letter was prepared and submitted to the authorized government agency with the expectation of transformation in gender equality scenario in policy formulation.
The team, led by Mr. Dilli Prasad Ghimire, Managing Director of NEF and Ms. Kala Timalsina, Chairman of WONEE, emphasized that involvement of women should be ensured as per the objective of Nepal Constitution Act. And, provisions should be made for certainty of involvement of women on establishment of any hydro project; equal investment and return access for women on any hydro project; and capacity building of women for employment opportunities on energy sector.
2. Electric Cook Stove Standard Dissemination
Nepal Energy Foundation has provided technical consultancy support to Nepal Bureau of Standards and Metrology (NBSM) for development of Electric Cookstoves Standard for Nepal with support from the Clean Cooking Alliance (CCA).
The standard is a technical document providing in-depth description of different parameters and requirements of electric cooktops; the synopsis of which is printed in a book, prepared with the objective of communicating the major provisions of standards in a simpler form. The book, written in both Nepali and English language for easy understanding of the general people, is intended to promote quality product in Nepalese market and assist consumers in selecting and use of quality cooktop.
The Standards and its Synopsis was disseminated in a workshop jointly organized by Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC), NBSM, NEF, and CCA on 20th December 2020 in presence of Hon. Member of the National Planning Commission (NPC), Dr. Krishna Prasad Oli, Director General of NBSM, Executive Director of AEPC, and other key delegates of the related agencies and institutions working in the energy sector of Nepal.
3. Interaction on Electrical safety Awareness and its safety song launching
Nepal Energy Foundation (NEF) and Women Network on Energy and Environment (WoNEE) jointly organized the program on 26th December 2019 with the objective of discussing about the causes of increasing electrical hazards and find the way forward. An electrical safety song (Bidhutiya Surakshya Sandesh geet) prepared by WoNEE and NEF was launched at the program in the presence of the Managing Director of Nepal Electricity Authority, Mr. Kulman Ghising, related stakeholders, and women from the different districts. The song carries a message for raising awareness to the general public to minimize electrical hazards.
National Mini/Micro Hydro Power Users Society Nepal (NAMHUS), is a NEF’s initiation for ensuring sustainability of micro hydropower projects all over Nepal. With the support on NEF, it has been registered in the Government of Nepal, and is expected to work on behalf of all the micro hydro projects in their common issues. NAMHUS has to be capacitated in order to make it able to function as expected, which is being done by NEF, and a continuous activity of NEF.
NEF has facilitated for formation of, National Mini/Micro Hydropower Users Society Nepal (NAMHUS), a national network of Micro Hydro Power Users of Nepal, and is registered at the Government of Nepal. The network will work as an association to address common issues, challenges, and a forum to raise collective voice of MHP users. MHP Network represents the micro hydro users of all over the country, and will work for energy security, and economic benefit for far end rural communities adopting evidence-based advocacy and 14 lobbying. In one hand, the network will work for technical and managerial capacity enhancement of the MHP users (e.g. grid synchronization technology of micro hydro, synchronization policy, tariff, and easy access), and on the other hand, the network will support for promoting productive use of electricity and create more economic opportunities within their locality by the use of locally generated electricity, and will support in sustainability of micro hydro plants.
NEF has facilitated for formation of Women Network for Energy and Environment (WoNEE) and is — continuously working for its promotion. With the aspiration of NEF in institutionalizing women’s efforts in energy and environment, WoNEE was formed on 3rd September 2017 for promoting women’s access in policy process and decision making. It has been expected that WoNEE will be able to generate a collective voice of women in energy and environment, socialize the issue of women and make it a national agenda. WoNEE is present in almost all provinces and its network isexpanding in municipalities and rural municipalities rapidly. Thus, through the use of its social mobilization capability, WONEE is expected to improve the economic status of women and establish an effective advocacy mechanism to make women friendly energy policy, and create a continuous mechanism to mainstream gender issues in energy sector.
Nepal Energy Foundation (NEF) instigated the publication of Nepal Energy Outlook in 2016. On March of 2016, energy outlook was published with a thematic overview on current status and prospects of energy in Nepal. The manuscript of outlook was launched in Consultation workshop on “Role of Provincial and Local Government in Energy Access” jointly organized by ISET-N and NEF. Outlook covered the topic on energy sector like energy supply, demand, deficit, efficiency, energy market (including petroleum market) and energy access in Nepal.