GIZ Energy Portfolio Review Workshop

Workshop on GIZ Energy Portfolio Review was held at SREDA on 27 May 2019. Mr. Rahmatullah Md. Dastagir ndc, Additional Secretary, Planning and Renewable Energy, Power Division was present as the chief guest of the event. Dr. Angelika Fleddermann, Country Director, GIZ Bangladesh was present as special guest at the workshop. The programme started with a brief presentation on the background and GIZ Technical Cooperation in Bangladesh by the Programme Coordinator Mr. Al Mudabbir Bin Anam. A stakeholder’s feedback session was moderated by Mr. Siddique Zobair, Member (EE&C) & Additional Secretary, SREDA.

Brief introduction on the ongoing two technical cooperation project REEEP II and EEGIRE were also shared by respected national project directors Ms. Salima Jahan Member (EE&C) & Additional Secretary, SREDA and Mr. Mohammad Alauddin, Joint Secretary (RE), Power Division. Mr. Md. Helal Uddin, Chairman & Additional Secretary, SREDA chaired the event. Officials from Power Division, Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB), SREDA, GIZ and EnDev Energy programmes were also present in the event. During the workshop chief guest Mr. Rahmatullah Md. Dastagir appreciated REEEP’s contribution to the introduction of twenty innovative customized technological solutions of RE/EE and also recommended to disseminate these experience and knowledge to the target actors.

On this occasion, GIZ also formally said good bye to the Energising Development (EnDev) Programme Coordinator Mr. Gerard Hendriksen. During the workshop following points were shared and discussed among the participants:

  • Stakeholders requested GIZ to continue support on waste heat recovery development, and to include solar thermal in GIZ portfolio.
  • For Energy Efficiency and Grid Integration of Renewable Energy (EEGIRE), stakeholders urged to integrate grid impact assessment and grid code development for grid integration on renewable energy. Power Division asked to include the assessment the grid impact of Cox’s Bazar 20 MW Solar Power Plant and issue of synchronization with grid as a case study under EEGIRE. The example may create a negative impression for the large-scale solar PV market in Bangladesh.
  • There were also queries on how EEGIRE component B will facilitate capacity development of PGCB – at what level and how, and what would be useful impact of such measures. They also inquired about what support WZPDCL will be given under component C.
  • ADB also has an ongoing TA project on grid integration. It is requested to coordinate with ADB.
  • There was request to share German experience on effective management of increasing number of renewable energies into the grid. A conference in this regard would also be interesting for them.
  • SREDA informed that the Energy Standard and Labelling regulation was under approval process at Ministry. SREDA and Bangladesh Standard and Testing Institute (BSTI) will jointly implement the regulation. Power Division requested to verify actual energy efficiency potential of the energy efficient home appliances flooded in the market.
  • Consumer Association urged government to subsidize RE for poor consumers, since they are paying more using RE than rich people. The stakeholders also asked Power Division to disseminate the REEEP pilots/ studies.
  • Power Division requested GIZ to bring innovative commercial RE / EE technologies to the market which can attract quick attention from consumers.
  • Power Division requested GIZ to bring innovative commercial RE / EE technologies to the market which can attract quick attention from consumers.
  • SREDA was interested to know more about the outcome of TUMI pilot, especially on e-ambulances and innovative e-rickshaws to be procured.
  • In future portfolio, Power Division asked to include wind in the GIZ portfolio based on recent USAID wind resource assessment.
  • SREDA is introducing a regulation on electric vehicle charging station