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BiH Enterprise Energy Efficiency (3E) Program
The USAID Enterprise Energy Efficiency (3E) Project is a USD 4.2 million program for the promotion of Energy Efficiency technologies through the development of pilot projects in buildings that are co-financed by the public and private sector. The aim of the pilot projects is to demonstrate that energy efficiency in practice saves the end users money and is the most economical way for consumers to reduce their energy consumption. As the usage of energy is reduced, costs are lower for the consumer via lower utility bills for heating, electricity and water. The cost of the EE measures will be recovered in a short period of time.
"Business relations of AEAI have been on exceptional performance level constantly, since the beginning of the Task Order.” “The 3E Project has done outstanding work in the public outreach area.” “The 3E Project has performed exceptionally in implementing 17 pilot projects, although the SOW sought for 10. … Further, 3E has garnered excellent support from the local authorities …”
The 3E project focuses on public-private partnerships and private sector participation to increase public awareness and demand for energy efficient technologies and practices. One component of the 3E project is to implement 17 pilot projects throughout BiH to support private and public sector collaborations for energy efficiency initiatives and technologies. Selection of the projects has been done on a competitive basis after three workshops held in three BiH locations in Fall 2010.
Another goal of the 3E project is to increase public and private sector capacity to understand and implement energy efficiency programs by providing:
- Commercial bank training in loan appraisal and financial product development in support of the energy efficiency sector;
- Identification and training of at least 50 SMEs to meet financing requirements for energy efficiency projects;
- SME training to perform energy audits, implement viable energy efficiency improvements, and monitor energy consumption before and after implementation to ensure financial returns and justifiable payback periods;
- Training for staff or representatives of public sector counterparts on developing energy efficiency plans, and integrating them into long-term development plans.
Finally, the whole 3E technical effort has been closely accompanied by a public outreach and awareness program, targeting all the key energy sector stakeholders on the benefits of using energy efficient technologies and methodologies.
The cornerstone of cooperation with other international donors has been the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in the area of energy efficiency among USAID, UNDP and GIZ in December 2010, for which the 3E project was the driving force. The MOU was extended again in 2012, adding the EU Delegation. This MOU articulates the four donors’ intentions to continue working closely together on energy efficiency in BiH. For more information, please visit the project website: <www.eee.ba>
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