Conventional Energy Technical Assistance
For the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and International Development and Energy Associates (IDEA), K&M provided a performance evaluation of the $20.5 million Conventional Energy Technical Assistance (CETA) project. The project’s primary purpose was to provide developing countries with technical assistance in exploring and evaluating their indigenous conventional energy resources and facilitating their access to technology, services, and capital investment.
K&M served as a technical and procurement advisor to the Foreign Buildings Operations Office (FBO) of the U.S. Department of State to identify and classify the Department’s worldwide needs for Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) equipment. K&M conducted a detailed study of current state of the art UPS systems and identified and established the relevant factors which were used to evaluate the UPS vendor equipment and the parameters required to properly operate all types of State Department equipment requiring UPS power. The results of the study were used to: (1) identify readily available commercial UPS systems which meet DOS requirements, (2) develop and advertise competitive, multi-year UPS requirements Request for Proposals (RFP) acceptable to all DOS Embassy UPS users, and (3) provide a technical basis for evaluation of RFP submissions and award of contract.
K&M served as primary technical consultants to the World Bank, Office of Energy and Infrastructure, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to establish guidelines for tendering and evaluating private power projects. Published in 1994, “Submission and Evaluation of Proposals for Private Power Generation Projects in Developing Countries” IEN Occasional Paper No. 2, remains the standard process and conditions for international competitive bidding of private power projects. The Guidelines are designed to help governments of developing countries address impediments faced by the private sector in power generation development and investment.
K&M served as Program Manager for the Private Sector Energy Development (PSED) program for five years from 1991-1995. This program, sponsored by the USAID’s Office of Energy and Infrastructure, paved the way for increasing the global supply of reliable, affordable and environmentally sound energy provided by the US private sector. K&M worked closely with USAID missions overseas to coordinate private power technical assistance activities and served as a consultant to host country governments to foster institutional reform needed to promote and create opportunities for independent power projects.
In May 1999, the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) hosted, in cooperation with the US Department of Energy and US Department of Commerce, The World Power Conference: Lighting the Globe for the 21st Century. This major international conference showcased more than 65 power projects valued at more than $17 Billion that are expected to be developed by the year 2001. K&M was selected by the USTDA to prepare project profiles representing leading opportunities in the energy sector under development in Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, the former states of the Soviet Union, Latin America, Middle East, North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. These project profiles were included in the conference briefing book that was disseminated to attendees. K&M also developed a companion interactive compact disc. The conference briefing book was the product of extensive research and investigation of viable opportunities. K&M staff traveled to dozens of countries in the profiled regions to verify and update data, and meet directly with representatives in energy ministries, regulatory agencies, and utilities as well as the private sector. This effort yielded more than 65 projects representing sound opportunities for US private power developers, equipment vendors, consulting companies and the financial community.