This toolkit is a compendium of the issues explored during the webinar programme, and follows up on the LEDS-EEP workshop “Tools and Methodologies for Municipal Sustainable Energy Planning”, which took place on July 10 and 11, 2017, in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Participants at the workshp — energy planning practitioners and energy modelling experts from Albania, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine — expressed their interest in having a concise guidebook on the most relevant energy modelling tools that can be used for city energy system planning, considering that most of the existing guidebooks provide rather limited guidance on this issue.
The REC provides secretariat services for the LEDS-EEP. The LEDS-EEP project is funded by the USAID Bureau for Europe and Eurasia, and the work of the secretariat is currently supported by USAID.
The present toolkit is designed to complement the LEDS GP Energy Toolkit, providing more focused guidance on the use of sophisticated energy modelling tools for developing municipal energy plans. Aimed at employees of municipalities responsible for city planning and energy sector issues, energy consultants, NGO experts and students, this toolkit offers an overview of city energy planning processes, key tools, implementation options, service procurement guidance and the available resources within the Europe and Eurasia region, including a case study and a list of energy consultants providing energy planning services in the region.
It first highlights the importance of timely energy sector planning in cities due to ongoing structural changes in energy sectors worldwide, while at the same time focusing on the key planning steps and the role and use of energy modelling tools for city energy planning.
It also provides guidance on energy modelling services procurement, addressing procurement processes, the preparation of terms of reference, the selection of the best offer, the supervision of contract implementation, and how to ensure quality within implementation.
The toolkit is not intended to cover other aspects of city energy planning, such as identifying barriers and opportunities, selecting strategies and actions, stakeholder involvement, implementation per se, financing and monitoring, as these issues are sufficiently covered by other toolkits, and, because practices and legal requirements may differ from country to country.
Finally, the toolkit contains a “yellow pages” section that showcases energy modelling providers in the region, allowing municipalities to consult available experts and invite them to tender.