Nepal Energy Foundation

Assessment on quality of access to energy services, institutional structure and economic viability of various technological options for electrification in Rural Nepal

NEF in partnership with Universal Consultancy Services Pvt. Ltd. had conducted the study from February to August 2017 with the financial support from United Nations Development Project (UNDP) / Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL). Project assessed the quality of electricity services provided in rural Nepal by different options such as micro hydro, solar PV, solar-wind hybrid and community rural electrification program of NEA, and provided recommendations for reliable and affordable electricity to rural Nepal.

Institutional Strengthening and Commercial Operation of Micro Hydro Power Plant in Dolakha District

The project was financially supported by Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC)/RERL, and was conducted from November 2016 to March 2017. Assessment of the overall management system of selected MHPs of Dolakha District was done and support for improvement of their management and institutional aspect was provided through the project.

Provincial Level Civil Society Consultation on SEforALL Country Action Agenda Nepal

To inform civil society about SEforALL activities, to share progress and draft results of country action agenda, and to ensure the involvement of civil society organization in delivery of SEforALL Country Action Agenda, a civil society consultation was conducted in Pokhara. Participants from civil societies, NGOs, and local organizations working on energy sector of Province 4 took part in the consultation workshop, and the activity was financially supported by Practical Action Nepal.

Capacity Building Workshop of District — of NACEUN

On 25th December 2016, a workshop for District chapter of National Association of Community Electricity Users Nepal (NACEUN) was conducted at Baireni, Dnading. The workshop was conducted in coordination with ISET-N and NACEUN. Members of district committee of NACEUN from Dhading, Gorkha, Kavre and Lalitpur were gathered together and were oriented on ways to effectively operate the district chapter. Concept of resilience at the face of adversities, integration of renewable energy on community electrification and resource mobilization were also presented at the workshop.

Energy Service Governance Workshop/Training

On 27th and 28th October 2016, an Energy Service Governance Training was conducted, where various local and central level partners working on sustainable energy service delivery took part. Governance training basically covered the concept of energy service governance, accountability, transparency, service quality, technology justice, tariff and relevant policy and acts. After conduction of the workshop/training, several feedbacks were received, and considering the experience and received responses, NEF concluded that the term energy includes wider spectrum including all types of fuels and technologies. And it would be difficult to intervene in whole energy sector at a time due to limitation of knowledge, tools, resources, and capacity. Thus, NEF would be promoting electricity governance instead of energy governance. With this learning, NEF has already developed concept and tools for promotion of electricity governance, and will be taken forward through capacity building of consumers and electricity service providers.

Energy for Youth: A Workshop conducted at Nalang VDC of Dhading

A workshop entitled “Energy for Youth” was conducted on 2nd October, 2016, in Nalang VDC of » Dhading district. Youths, locals, representatives from local political parties, teachers, students, and women of Nalang VDC participated on the workshop. And, information on importance and relevance of renewable energy, business opportunities as well as involvement of youth in renewable energy sector were discussed on the workshop.

Desk Research Study on “An Appropriate Model of Investing Remittance: A Case of Nepali Labor Migrants to Korea under EPS Scheme”

The study was supported by HELVETAS Swiss Interco-operation and was carried out by NEF being a part of JV with Phulchoki Energy Pvt. Ltd. The study aimed to explore appropriate mechanism to channel remittance in investment based on experiences and expectation of Nepali labor Migrants to Korea under EPS Scheme.

Promotion of Good Governance Service in Baluwa Community Rural Electricity Users, Kavre

Nepal Energy Foundation conducted an orientation training to Baluwa Community Rural Electricity Users, Kavre, on 14th and 15th of April, 2016. The objective of the J workshop was to introduce general concept ¢ of good governance being specific to the pillars of governance in energy sector with due focus on legal, financial, social and technical accountability of the energy service providers. Altogether 28 participants including executive members of Balua Community Rural Electricity Users, and members of local CBOs took part in the training, out of which 5 were female.

Initiation on Role of Provincial and Local Government in Energy Access

Nepal Energy Foundation in collaboration with Institute for Social and Environmental Transition-Nepal (ISET-N) organized a discussion program on “Role of Provincial and Local Government to Energy Access”. This discussion program brought together the experts of (rural/ renewable) energy sector and local government to present and explore their views and discuss about the role of provincial and local government for providing access of energy as well as energy security to Nepalese, and share the effective role and responsibility of local and provincial government for doing so.

Enhancing Energy Management of Community Electrification through Technological and Policy Research

This is a research project of 3 years starting from December 2017 and ending in November 2020. The project is jointly conducted by NEF and South Lalitpur Rural Electric Cooperative Ltd. (SLREC) with support from Energize Nepal Project – Kathmandu University. Aim of the project is to increase organizational effectiveness of Community Rural Electric Entities (CREEs), taking case of SLREC. Technical parameters for SLREC’s energy losses are analyzed, potential areas of improvement in operational efficiency are recommended, solutions for loss reduction are recommended, and technological solutions are designed and implemented in pilot basis for electricity bill payment through the research project. It has been expected that the results and conclusion of this research project will be a valuable input for enhancement of community rural electrification management practices.