Biomass Development Program
K&M served as technical and financial consultant to the US Department of Energy (DOE) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) on privatization opportunities, alternative energy sources, and diversification of the sugar industries in Mauritius, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. K&M evaluated the technical and economic feasibility of diversifying sugarcane industry operations with emphasis on the production of fuel alcohol and electricity. Particular attention was given to prospects for the introduction of US developed technologies and services in cane energy-related areas, especially for projects that were already in the planning stages (issues addressed: co-generation systems, project finance and development). K&M prepared a report on the highlights and findings of this mission which included recommendations for future action and identifications of project specific opportunities for potential involvement of the US private sector.
K&M was engaged by USAID to assess the prospects for private biomass power sales to the Swaziland Electricity Board, and to perform energy audits as well as an inventory of required equipment for factory upgrades. K&M’s scope of work included: identifying changes needed for increased energy efficiency and power production in the Swaziland sugar industry; comparing sugar industry cogeneration to other electricity generation options; evaluate costs and benefits of increased private power cogeneration; make recommendations on institutional support and development assistance; and perform energy audits.