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Public Procurement of Energy Efficiency Services: Lessons from International Experience (Directions in Development)

Author:

Jas Singh, Dilip R. Limaye, Brian Henderson, Xiaoyu Shi

Title:

Public Procurement of Energy Efficiency Services: Lessons from International Experience (Directions in Development)

Category:

Business & Money

ePub ebook size:

1339 kb

PDF ebook size:

1418 kb

Other book formats:

FB2, DJVU, CB7, MOBI, IBOOKS

Rating:

4.5

ISBN10:

0821380621

ISBN13:

978-0821380628

Publisher:

World Bank Publications (December 17, 2009)

Language:

English

Subcategory:

Industries

Public Procurement of Energy Efficiency Services: Lessons from International Experience (Directions in Development) by Jas Singh, Dilip R. Limaye, Brian Henderson, Xiaoyu Shi
The current universal concerns about global energy security, competitiveness, and environmental protection make energy efficiency more important than ever. However, realizing large-scale savings has proven a significant challenge due to many barriers. 'Public Procurement of Energy Efficiency Services' looks at a largely untapped energy efficiency market ― the public sector. While the efficiency potential in this sector is substantial, the implementation of energy savings programs has been complicated by a number of factors, such as insufficient incentives to lower energy costs, rigid budgeting and procurement procedures, and limited access to financing.

The book looks at energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) as a means of overcoming some of these barriers. Because public facilities can outsource the full project cycle to a commercial service provider, ESPCs can enable public agencies to solicit technical solutions, mobilize commercial financing, and assign performance risk to third parties, allowing the agency to pay from a project’s actual energy savings. The recommendations in this book stem from case studies that identified approaches, models, and specific solutions to ESPC procurement, including budgeting, energy audits, and bid evaluation. Such an approach also offers enormous potential to bundle, finance, and implement energy efficiency projects on a larger scale in the public sector, which can yield further economies of scale.

ESPCs can also serve as an attractive element for fiscal stimulus packages and efforts by governments to 'green' their infrastructure, which can create local jobs, reduce future operating costs, and mitigate their carbon footprint. Lower energy bills, in turn, help to create fiscal space in future years to meet other critical investment priorities. Bundled public sector energy efficiency projects can help stimulate local markets for energy efficiency goods and services and 'lead by example', demonstrating good practices and providing models to the private sector.

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