ABOUT Nepal Energy Foundation
NEF was established with the aim of providing efforts for making the energy sector of Nepal sustainable and has been successful in starting some initiatives as envisioned. NEF have been able to start few major initiatives that are of great importance to entire energy sector, to the society, and the nation.
With the view that energy projects bring knowledge and opt for one-time implementation or implementation during the project period which would make sustainability uncertain, NEF has been advocating that sustainability can only be assured when issue holder work for themselves by themselves. With this vision, facilitation for forming two networks have been done: National Mini/Micro Hydro Power Users Society Nepal (NAMHUS), and Women Network for Energy and Environment (WoNEE). In addition to formation of MH Users Society, capacity building and institutional strengthening of few micro hydro projects have also been done. More specifically, NEF supported Khimti Rural Electric Cooperative (KREC) for Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) of Jhankre Mini-Hydro (635 kW) and Haluwakhola Mini-Hydro (400kW) with NEA, and the agreement has already been done.
WoNEE, a NEF promoted women’s network has been able to expand in more than 40 R/Municipalities and has been putting its efforts for formulation of gender friendly energy policy, capacity building of women for increasing their involvement in energy, and creating more economic opportunities to women.
As an effort to promote sustainability of Community Rural Electric Entities (CREES), a research is being conducted which will provide significant efforts in enhancing technical and operational efficiency of CREES. Similarly, as a very important intervention for transforming the cooking energy of Nepal towards cleaner forms, NEF has successfully provided technical support for development of Nepal Standards for Electric Cookstoves and its Implementation Strategy. NEF has also been continuously advocating for preparation of conducive environment and rapid uptake of electric cooktops in Nepal.