A modern energy system is more than technology
A clear vision of the use of the available resources on our planet today is crucial to ensure the long term development of our economies. Nonetheless, resources are strongly impacted by climate change and a strong commitment of the international community in favour of transformational projects certainly provides opportunities to take appropriate actions.
In the field of sustainable energy, intec’s key expertise lies within the economic and financial valuation of energy investment opportunities and the development of sustainable and strategic options at national and regional levels. intec’s sustainability assurance is founded on the combination of technical, economic, environmental and strategic expertise.
We provide expertise in economic and financial analysis for energy projects and programs aimed at providing decision makers with focused analytics and information. Our tools include economic analysis, finance and asset management, energy and environmental auditing, energy planning and development. This expertise is provided throughout the entire energy sector.
Our expertise is strongly focused on the needs of our clients to achieve a more sustainable and efficient use of energy resources. Our broad understanding of energy technologies as well as their economic/financial viability and our ability to consider their specific environmental, social, health and safety aspects makes intec an invaluable advisor.
With a strong expertise on strategy and finance, we are in a position to provide comprehensive approaches to international green funds and sustainable energy financing facilities.
Electricity sector project studies, independently from their technical field, require an assessment of the potential demand for services as well as the economic and financial profitability from different perspectives.
intec's experts in energy economics assist clients in promoting their projects from the status of the initial feasibility study to the conclusion of financing arrangements with banks and investors. Our services include the elaboration of economic and financial modelling and analyses, business plans and tariff studies for electricity transmission and distribution lines, renewable energy and energy efficiency investments.
Energy sector projects often entail typical challenges, especially for private developers:
- High upfront costs
- Limited equity and access to credit
- Limited capacity to pay for electricity services by customers
intec experts propose innovative business models to meet such challenges, including appropriate tariff settings, e.g. binomial, consumption-, capacity- and service based tariffs as well as adequate financing approaches, be it the classic bank loan, leasing solutions, pay-as-you-go schemes, etc. taking into consideration the specific project context.
In recent years, governments around the world have formulated policies aimed at decarbonizing their energy mix, and increasing energy access through the use of local and clean energy sources. In addition, other factors such as energy security, job creation and industrial development often play an important role in the way policy goals are set in the sector. Such goals call for the design and assessment of short-, medium- and long-term energy strategies which pave the way for the emergence of a modern and well-functioning energy sector. This includes identifying least-cost strategies, which can deliver on the policy vision, and calculating their cost compared to business-as-usual scenarios.
In close collaboration with its local partners, intec offers worldwide professional services for the implementation of such strategies through the design of energy master plans for, inter alia, large industrial facilities, municipalities, as well as regional or national governments. While we provide Energy Master Plans for the entire energy sector, our special focus lies on the power sector; here one of our specialties is the analysis and modelling of renewable energy integration into the traditional energy mix.
Demand Analysis and Forecasts: intec's experts are used to conducting demand assessment as well as demand and load forecasts based on different qualitative and quantitative approaches. Depending on the preferences of clients and availability of data, forecasts based on historical data, econometrical approaches, field surveys and focus group interviews are regularly applied by intec including the evaluation of results based on modern statistical methods.
- Assessment of renewable or other indigenous energy potentials
- Development of integrated energy strategies, which are adapted to the goals set and the scale of intervention
- Least cost power system expansion planning
- Least cost transmission & distribution system expansion planning
- Development of implementation plans, incl. generation fleet and network planning integration of decentralized renewable energy sources and network studies
- Monitoring, measuring, and evaluating implementation progress.
For all of intec’s projects in the power sector, our experts possess the professional expertise and appropriate knowledge to deal with the related environmental, social and health & safety aspects (ESHS): from governance, environmental and social due diligence (ESDD) studies, environmental and social impact assessments (ESIA) (including stakeholder identification and engagement), as well as health and safety plans, to the supervision or monitoring or the implementation of environmental and social management plans (ESMP).
Our environmental, safety and social team receives constant support from our technical engineers specialised in system design, planning, construction, as well as operating and maintaining any assets in the power sector.
intec’s specific services include:
- Impact assessment and planning
intec has almost 10 years’ experience in providing ESIA and planning programs for energy projects. Our goal is to assist our clients in getting their projects planned, built, and operating on schedule, while meeting all the expectations and standards for the management of impacts on the local population and environmental, social and cultural resources.
intec combines experience in global standards, such as the Equator Principles and International Finance Corporation’s Performance Standards with a thorough understanding of local regulatory systems and cultural sensitivities.
- Performance assurance and risk management, ESMP implementation supervision/monitoring
intec helps its clients reduce accident and injury rates, achieve their ESHS obligations and minimise impacts on the environment. During the initial project phases we develop ESMP; during implementation we supervise, monitor or verify that ESMP are adhered to. By these means we help companies to design and implement processes and manage change in order to reduce costs while achieve the desired performance.
Technology, management insight and behaviour must go hand in hand to unlock the full business value of sustainability. Our services focus on helping clients to integrate sustainability into their core business decision-making processes and culture. intec offers advice in areas such as Waste Management, Water Management, Energy Efficiency Management.
No other sector has undergone so many technological, institutional and economic transformations than the energy sector in recent years. For these reasons, people and organisations in this sector need to adapt their knowledge to all innovations and new challenges, both rigorously and rapidly. This requires our clients to broaden their fields of expertise and enable more flexible approaches and processes in their intervention. How can these newly acquired competences and processes be managed? A strong capacity development strategy is the key.
intec supports worldwide public and private institutions from day one by providing curricula development concepts and strategies in all their technical and non-technical fields of expertise. This includes the integration of all energy organizations such as power suppliers and distributors, regulators, ministers as well as national training institutions.
Apart from concepts and strategies, intec’s trainers are highly specialized experts in the energy sector who combine technical project experience with vulgarisation know-how thus guaranteeing that knowledge from practical and field tested approaches is conveyed. intec’s fields of expertise cover renewable and conventional energies, organisational and infrastructure processes as well as restructuring.
From individuals to organizations and from skills to effectiveness, intec is the right partner to support an appropriate capacity development.
Governments around the world are aiming to increase their use of clean, indigenous energy sources to diversify their energy mix and increase energy security, while improving citizens’ access to electricity. To drive this change, governments intend to find ways to enable and foster private sector investments in modern, clean energy; making it viable for investors and bringing long-term benefits to people.
For this purpose, governments need to adapt their laws and regulations related to diverse electricity delivery models, ranging from large RE plants or decentralised renewable energy for grid-connected systems, to smart mini-grids, or solar home systems for off-grid options, or even for other energy efficiency or energy saving measures.
Worldwide, intec supports utilities, ministries, regulatory authorities and power pools in:
- strengthening and reforming institutional frameworks to improve the management of the sector
- creating national frameworks for third party access and wheeling to enable private sector participation
- drafting and reviewing laws and regulations, such as national grid codes
- drafting standard contracts, such as Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) and grid connection agreements for Independent Power Producers (IPPs)
- designing tariff structures which support universal energy access and enabling renewable energy development through reasonable financial compensations
- building expertise within public agencies to increase efficiency in operational and financial management.
The increasing demand for energy in developing countries is often a decisive factor when opting for technologies that can be implemented quickly. This can lead to a waste of resources with potentially costly implications. In order to improve the capability of beneficiary countries to make the right choices for their energy resources, intec provides them the following services:
- Support for industry and commerce to improve their profitability through adequate energy efficiency solutions
- Establish comprehensive energy management systems
- Energy auditing in the industrial, the commercial and the residential sector
- Introduce a sustainable system of energy labelling for household goods
- Develop suitable methods to increase the energy performance of the private and public sector.