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TaiwanICDF and EBRD together help Bosnia and Herzegovina increase efficiency in power distribution

TaiwanICDF and EBRD together help Bosnia and Herzegovina increase efficiency in power distribution

The TaiwanICDF and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) are committed to supporting the upgrade of power distribution in the Republika Srpska in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Through a loan agreement signed in Bijeljina on September 19 by EBRD and the borrower, ZEDP Elektro-Bijeljina A.D. Bijeljina, the TaiwanICDF and EBRD will jointly provide financing to a project aimed at improving the quality of power supply and reducing distribution losses.

Energy intensity in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is estimated on average to be three times higher than the level seen in the EU. The higher the intensity, the less energy efficient it is. In BiH, losses in the distribution of power and high consumption due to outdated and inaccurate meters are major contributors to its low energy efficiency. This project will therefore support the reconstruction of low and medium voltage networks, which is expected to reduce the overall distribution loss from 8.83 percent to 6.5 percent and allow more renewable energy sources to enter the grids. Meanwhile, through the introduction of smart meters and an Automated Meter Management system, the project will help improve the stability of power supply and increase awareness of energy consumption patterns. In general, it is expected that these efforts can lead to electricity savings of around 17 GWh and CO2 reductions of 15,000 tons per year.

This is the second project on which the TaiwanICDF and EBRD have joined forces to improve electricity supplies in the Republika Srpska, BiH. Previously in March 2017, the EBRD, with contribution from the TaiwanICDF, also signed a loan agreement with the Elektrokrajina A.D. Banja Luka to support the upgrade of distribution networks in 16 municipalities. It is expected that the cumulative results of the two projects will greatly enhance the reliability of the electricity system in the country and improve distribution losses to a great extent.

The TaiwanICDF sponsored the establishment of the EBRD Green Energy Special Fund (GESF) in 2011 to promote utilization of advanced and highly efficient technologies, especially in the municipal infrastructure sector in the EBRD’s countries of operations. To date, in addition to the two projects mentioned above, the GESF has also supported LED lighting and solid waste projects in Moldova and Jordan. Echoing the EBRD’s Green Economy Transition approach, environmental sustainability is now one of the core areas of cooperation between the TaiwanICDF and EBRD.

(Photo provided by European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD))

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  • Date:2018/9/21